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NUMERO 15 - 26/06/2024

 Abstentionism and absence of a European political offer. About the “democratic deficit” of the European Union

Following the vote for the renewal of the European Parliament, a few preliminary observations can be made about the Union’s challenging journey and the dynamics of the European federalization process. This analysis will focus on two prominent signals revealed by the polls: first, the rate of abstention, and second, the lack of a genuine European political offer. The direction of the potential cause-and-effect relationship between these elements is yet to be determined. It remains to be seen whether the absence of a European political offer leads to low electoral participation, or conversely, whether public disinterest in Union affairs prevents the development of a European political dialogue. However, it can be preliminarily concluded that this vicious circle must be broken, as it likely represents the greatest obstacle to European integration today. Before delving into the merits of these two issues, a preamble is necessary to clarify the writer’s perspective: Article 10 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), which bases the functioning of the Union on representative democracy, has marked a significant qualitative leap and clearly defined the nature of the Union’s system. As Lupo and Manzella aptly state, the complex “head of government” of the Union would merely resemble that of an international organization if it weren’t for the inclusion of citizen representation... (segue)

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