Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 5 months ago

Why do people say EU is undemocratic when the EU MEPs are elected by people in each country?

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago
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    I don't understand that either. All MEPs are elected, all countries fairly represented.

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  • 5 months ago

    OK, MEPs are elected but what do you suppose their powers are? MPs in the UK can propose new legislation but EU MEPs cannot. Basically, the EU Parliament is literally a talking shop. You can say whatever you want and no-one need take any notice. It adds a a veneer of democracy.

    The main decisions and all the laws are created by the various Presidents and Commissioners. Parliament does get a vote but that is only to rubber stamp what others have decided.

    Who elects the Commissioners and Presidents? Who makes the short list of candidates?

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  • 5 months ago

    The UK ,for example, is represented by less than 10% of the total number of representatives in the European Parliament .

    So it is not uncommon for the British electorate to find that their view is not represented by laws and regulations imposed on them .

    That is normal to all democracies -- but when it involves laws and regulations being imposed on a whole country , from the outside -- it can generate resentment ,due to a sense of their feeling dictated to .

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    • hoarseman
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      5 months agoReport

      By "influence" -- in the EU when it comes to the UK , it has come to simply mean , "we hear what you say". The normal give and take in democracies only work when their is a common heritage , history and outlook -- that is something the EU largely lacks .

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