A critique too far

The European Commission must do better in handling future constitutional crises than it has in the case of Romania.

José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, was certainly right to say in his ‘state of the Union’ speech last week that we need a more integrated and democratic Europe.

The plight of the eurozone means that we now face an unavoidable choice between further integration and the inevitability of disintegration. We know that we have to move forward, but we can only do so on the basis of consent. Securing that consent will be a huge challenge, requiring a delicate balance between the diverse national and political traditions that make up our continent. It can only therefore succeed if the European Union is able to build real popular legitimacy.

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