Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

The problems of democratic reform

Ah yes – that’s a nice easy thing to try and summarise, isn’t it? Nonetheless, I gave it pop – trying to wrap up the dLiberation blog I’ve been writing/editing for openDemocracy for the last few weeks. Warning: it’s a bit long, and probably rather confused in places…

Other recent pieces include: European opinion (or the lack thereof), Better the devil you know? (on the impracticalities of constant referenda, and the compromises needed for democracy to function), Scientific representation and democracy (on how no representative system can ever be truly representative).

And, on a different theme, these may be of interest: No one cares about the EU (on the “referendum rally”), A distinct lack of interest (yet more about how no one cares about the EU).

Or, of course, if you’ve missed me that much you could just go and check out the rest of the coverage.

Posting is likely to be light here for another week thanks to insane workloads, but back soon.


  1. There is one modest and concrete demand every man, woman and child interested in the European Union should make:

    Instant publication of the complete consolidated Reform Treaty (Lisbon Treaty) on the web in every official language of the Union.

    How can there be democratic EU debate if the most important document of the Union at the present time is not accessible to the citizens of the Union in a somewhat more readable form?

    There should be no excuse for delaying publication of the entire, updated texts.

  2. Have you tried here?
    That’s the Council’s website. They seemed to have most documents from the Reform (Lisbon) Treaty in 21/22 languages (how many official EU languages are there?)
    Unless you mean that they shouldn’t publish all the addenda/corrigenda as separate documents, to which I would have to say I quite agree, it’s not very user friendly (which is disappointing when EU documents are generally so easy to find)

  3. Jen, what I mean is a complete, consolidated version of the Reform Treaty (Lisbon Treaty).

    I have discussed the matter extensively on my blog(s).

  4. Thanks Ralf, I’ll take a look.