Authoritarianism and the confiscation of powers in favour of the Troika and financial interests are becoming the rule to impose austerity policies: national parliaments, rights and freedoms, trade union activities and even the European Parliament, are excluded from essential choices. The refusal of the Commission to register the European Citizens’ Initiative originated by the EL has shown very clearly the institutional blockage.
The crisis of democracy has never been so deep in the EU and in the countries of Europe. This requires an in-depth refoundation that finally gives real power to citizens and elected assemblies.
The European Parliament will discuss a draft resolution amending the organization of the 2014 European elections. The main «innovations» are to ask the political «families» to designate their candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, as well as candidates for commissioners’ functions, considering that 50% would come from the future European Parliament.
These proposals do not respond to the democratic deficit that is getting worse in the EU. Worse, they may legitimize the strengthening of the powers of the Commission, contrary to the necessary democratization of the EU. Presidentializing and personalizing the European political debate, will divert it from the real issues.
When citizens are demanding the right of expression which has been taken away from them, the Party of the European Left deems these marginal changes ridiculous.
Much more ambitious measures are needed, namely the democratization of electoral laws. The EL is in favour of a fully proportional electoral system without threshold and strongly demands all EU member states that don’t have this system to adopt it before next European elections.
The EL also demands the European Parliament to adopt a recommendation in this sense, as a fully democratic election of its members is necessary condition for any democratic Parliament.
EL Executive Board meeting, Copenhagen, 2012-11-17/18