The European Union has not found the way to bridge the gap between the desire to encourage greater citizen participation and the practice of democratic reform processes. The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), which is meant to begin on the symbolic date of May 9th, risks being another missed opportunity, despite the grandiloquence with which it was announced. The purpose of the CoFoE is threefold: reconnect with citizens, give a democratic veneer to the European Union, and provide hope to Europeans with the promise that the future can be better. So, how did we get here? Will the CoFoE be enough? Does it have the substance and form to be a success?
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