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Question: “The European Council and the Council of Ministers are the best way to ensure democracy in the EU.” Do you agree? Illustrate your answer with examples.

Answer: The issue is whether the Council of Ministers (the Council) and European Council (EC) are the best way to ensure democracy in the European Union (EU). To determine this, the essay will address the degree to which these institutions comply with the principles of transparency, accountability, and protection of national interests. It will argue two main points. First, that the lack of transparency in informal negotiations in the Council’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) and the EC stems from an attempt to achieve efficiency in the workings of these institutions. The essential question here remains whether efficiency should be pursued at the cost of democratic values. Secondly, it will argue that lobbying between stronger and weaker MSs pressures representatives of the latte......(short extract)

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Details: - Mark: 78% | Course: European Union Law | Year: 1st | Words: 1489 | References: Yes | Date written: March, 2017 | Date submitted: November 27, 2017 | Coursework ID: 1037

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