Why many national governments oppose reform of the EU

Irish Times | May 10, 2022 at 3:25 AM
  • A vision of what the EU could be was ceremonially presented to the bloc’s leadership at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday, amid interpretative dance and an orchestral rendition of European anthem Ode to Joy.
  • The process had a difficult birth and a difficult conclusion, largely because a substantial group of member state governments did not want the conference to propose anything too ambitious, and did not want to be bound to implement its proposals.
  • For citizens’ assemblies to be effective they require political buy-in, or some mechanism that makes it mandatory for their proposals to be enacted.