A Democratic Audit of the European Union by Christopher Lord (auth.)

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There are few C. Acceptance of majority decisions 4. Member States should retain vetoes to preserve essential national interests 5. States should drop vetoes to make EU more efficient 6. The President of the Commission should be selected by Heads of Govt 7. EP should elect President of the Commission h ld l B. Acceptance of joint decision-making 3. Number of issue areas (max 27) where majority accept joint decision-making A. Feelings of identity 1. Index of Feeling of Europeanness (0–1)1 2.

Representation. The Commission represents the EU in external negotiations often in conjunction with the Council. Functions 626 directly elected members elected in national constituencies. Organised into: ● multinational party groups, ● national party delegations ● committees 15 judges appointed for renewable 6-year terms by common accord of Member States. General Council of 18 Central Bankers. 6 Executive designated by the European Council ϩ 12 national central bankers EP ECJ ECB ● ● ● Sets interest rates and other monetary policy for the eurozone as a whole Exercises (prudential) supervision of the euro-zone banking system in collaboration with national central banks Participates in discussions on co-ordination of national economic policies.

A further source of complexity is that the final impacts of Union policy have to be filtered through domestic political systems. Indeed, most Union policies are not based on an exclusive competence at all, but mingle with national attempts to manage the same problem or issue. We will see how national parliaments, domestic electoral and party systems, and varying patterns of decentralisation within Member 22 A Democratic Audit of the European Union States all mean that the Union is experienced differently depending where an individual is located within its territory.

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