Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141346
Authors: 
Kotzur, Markus
Grimmel, Andreas
Hrbek, Rudolf
Wohlgemuth, Michael
Leibfried, Stephan
Year of Publication: 
2014
Citation: 
[Journal:] Wirtschaftsdienst [ISSN:] 1613-978X [Publisher:] Springer [Place:] Heidelberg [Volume:] 94 [Year:] 2014 [Issue:] 4 [Pages:] 239-257
Abstract: 
Bei der Wahl zum Europäischen Parlament am 25. Mai 2014 treten die Parteien zum ersten Mal mit Spitzenkandidaten an, die - vorausgesetzt ihre Parteien erhalten eine Mehrheit vom Europäischen Rat - als Kommissionspräsidenten vorgeschlagen werden sollen. Diese Neuerung, die auf den Lissabon-Vertrag zurückgeht, soll die Legitimität der europäischen Institutionen verbessern und zugleich die EU-Bürger zu zahlreicher Stimmabgabe motivieren. Ob dies wirklich gelingen kann und welche unterschiedlichen Wege beschritten werden können, diskutieren die Autoren dieses Zeitgesprächs.
Abstract (Translated): 
The EU suffers from a democratic deficit that arises not first and foremost from a lack of institutional competencies, but rather from the double weakness of politics vis-à-vis economics and law at the European level. This functional democratic deficit renders the existing mechanisms of democratic control increasingly ineffective. Especially for its citizens, a politically integrated Europen Union might be difficult to grasp, and it may only be reached gradually through a continuous process of dynamic development; however, United in Diversity seems to be the better alternative, and not only for historical reasons. The direct elections for the European Parliament, although not denying deficits of democratic legitimacy and participation at the Union level, should not be underestimated in their legitimising influence for the Union as an associated structure of members without obvious hierarchies.
JEL: 
A14
D72
H10
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Document Type: 
Article

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