National Parliaments and European Democracy

National Parliaments and European Democracy

  • Country: Europe
  • Funded by: Open Society Initiative for Europe – Open Society Foundation
  • Date: 2014-2016

Background: The project was designed as a series of workshops or sets of interviews with national deputies of Eurozone member states, with the aim of collecting their ideas about the state of European democracy as well as their views on the similiarities and differences between the national and European level.

In early 2017, a final comparative report will present the findings of 6 countries overall.

An early pilot of the project "Trilogy on the future of Europe" (2014), already gathered data and insights from France and Germany which were later reflected as part of a high-level conference on the issue of "Core Europe".
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Schäuble Lamers paper on 1 September 2014, the conference discussed the paper’s ideas about the European political union and juxtaposed these with current ideas about core Europe.

Objectives and Results: The main goal is to give ownership to national deputies from selected Eurozone countries by making them design a new system of European democracy. The guiding principle is designing a European democracy based on the separation of power in the sense of Montesquieu.
Instead of playing off the legitimacy of the national parliaments against the European parliament, we push for the medium-term construction of a common, strong European legislative body, through combining EP and national parliaments, which controls a strong European executive body.
This is the only way to make European politics intuitively understandable for all citizens.