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Yves Bertoncini

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Yves Bertoncini has been Director of the Jacques Delors Institute (2012-2017). He assists the ...
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The EU and referenda: three denials of democracy

on June 23, 2016, 12:11
Tribune - Yves Bertoncini

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The Dutch “no” expressed on 6 April 2016 revived the myth claiming that “Brussels” is incapable of acknowledging the outcomes of national referenda, which supposedly highlight a democratic split between the EU and its citizens. According to our director Yves Bertoncini, this myth conveys a triple denial of democracy which requires a timely reaction in view of the approaching referenda in other Member States :
1. The denial of European democracy: the outcomes of referenda on the EU are respected
2. The denial of other national democracies: one people against all others
3. The denial of representative democracies: the people rather than the elected representatives of the people

A shorter version of this viewpoint was published by the French newspaper Le Monde and by
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