Be it the euro crisis, Brexit, the rise of populist parties, or growing divisions in Europe – European voters increasingly question how the EU is tackling such problems, especially since not all EU institutions have full democratic legitimacy.

This controversy is not new: already in 1992, after the Danish referendum on the Maastricht Treaty, Commission official Pascal Lamy noted that the EU had to face democratic opinion and thus had to reform its technocratic way of decision-making. In the same vein, former Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker always underlined that the EU must ‘deliver’. But what is the best way to go? The recent reform proposals of Emmanuel Macron found little support outside France, as they poorly reflected European citizens’ diversity of interests.

Little is known about how the European public evaluates EU governance and the separation of powers in EU decision-making – despite the fact that the Commission generates extensive data from all Member States regarding the benefits of European integration and general trust in EU institutions. Is the Commission’s right of legislative initiative still sustainable? What about bicameral legislature? And regarding the European Court of Justice, does the public support the primacy of EU versus national norms?

Based on a novel survey generating fresh insights into public support across Member States, these and other questions will be at the centre of this ZEW Lunch Debate organised in cooperation with the University of Mannheim (Collaborative Research Center “Political Economy of Reforms”).

Podium

Jennifer Rankin

Moderation: Jennifer Rankin

The Guardian, London, United Kingdom

Thomas König

Professor Dr. Thomas König

Chair of Political Science at the University of Mannheim

Catherine de Vries

Professor Catherine de Vries, PhD

Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy

Marcel Haag

Marcel Haag

European Commission, General Secretariat, Brussels, Belgium

Selected Articles

Numerous guests participated in the ZEW Lunch Debate and the subsequent panel discussion.
The podium at the ZEW Lunch Debate in the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union ...
Marcel Haag from the European Commission in conversation with Dr. Daniela Heimberger, head of the ZEW Service Department “International Co-operation and Public Relations”.
Marcel Haag from the European Commission in conversation with Dr. Daniela Heimberger, head of the ZEW Service Department ...
The three panellists, Professor Thomas König, Marcel Haag, and Professor Friedrich Heinemann at the ZEW Lunch Debate.
The three panellists, Professor Thomas König, Marcel Haag, and Professor Friedrich Heinemann. © Philippe Veldeman
From left: Professor Friedrich Heinemann, Eyke Peveling (deputy head of the State Representation of Baden-Württemberg), Jennifer Rankin, Professor Thomas König, Marcel Haag.
From left: Professor Friedrich Heinemann, Eyke Peveling (deputy head of the State Representation of Baden-Württemberg), ...
Eyke Peveling welcoming the guests on behalf of the Baden-Württemberg State Representation in Brussels.
Eyke Peveling welcoming the guests on behalf of the Baden-Württemberg State Representation in Brussels. © Philippe ...
Numerous guests participated in the ZEW Lunch Debate and the subsequent panel discussion.
Political scientist Professor Thomas König from the University of Mannheim and the Collaborative Research Center for ...
Jennifer Rankin, Brussels correspondent for The Guardian, moderated the debate at ZEW.
Jennifer Rankin, Brussels correspondent for The Guardian, moderated the debate. © Philippe Veldeman
Marcel Haag during the lunch debate at ZEW.
Marcel Haag from the European Commission emphasised that the EU is also legitimised by the added value it offers its ...
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Heinemann at the ZEW Lunch Debate.
Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” Research Department at ZEW, proposed ...
Numerous guests participated in the ZEW Lunch Debate and the subsequent panel discussion.
Approximately 70 guests from the realms of politics and science followed the keynote speech and the subsequent panel ...
Professor Thomas König called for more transparency of the European institutions.
Professor Thomas König called for more transparency of the European institutions. © Philippe Veldeman
During the ZEW Lunch Debate, questions from the audience were also asked and answered.
The panellists also answered questions from the audience. © Philippe Veldeman

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20.02.2020

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Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union

Rue Belliard 60 - 62 1000 Bruxelles

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