July 2010

The Future of Europe: Democracy, Civil Society and Enlargement

July 10, 2010

Laurence Whitehead in a recently published article, links the complex and blurred issue of Eastern enlargement of the EU to what he calls „democracy promotion”.* As is usually in the case of European enlargement, reality moves ahead of theory and the social sciences: one can agree with Whitehead that the Helsinki Summit of Dec. 1999, which concluded to start […]

Read the full article →

The European Civil Society Discourse

July 10, 2010

Democratic deficit The EU’s soft spot is that its institutions are not thoroughly transparent and lack the democratic social legitimacy. The democratic deficit during the 90’s was constantly growing. The consensus that was symptomatic of the integration-orientated elite has been  drained after the war. This consensus played a noteworthy role in the regular and effective co-operation of the […]

Read the full article →