Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, July 07, 2017

Legitimacy hurt by absences?

One of the major criticisms of the EU is its "democratic deficit." The legislature of the EU has many structural problems and an attendance problem.

EU's Juncker calls empty European Parliament 'ridiculous'
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has launched a bitter attack on members of the European Parliament for failing to show up.

Standing up in almost empty chamber in Strasbourg, he denounced the body as "ridiculous, totally ridiculous".

Estimating the number of MEPs present at about 30, he said it proved that the parliament was "not serious".

Parliament President Antonio Tajani reacted furiously, accusing him of a lack of respect…

It was one of the most acrimonious public rows between top EU officials in recent years.

It is rare for the head of one European institution to take such a public swipe at the legitimacy of another…

In total, the parliament has 751 deputies…

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