Be it the euro crisis, Brexit, the rise of populist parties in the European Parliament, or growing divisions in Europe – European voters increasingly question how the EU is tackling such problems. But what is the reason for the loss of confidence in the EU’s problem-solving ability? One explanation for this could be the way the institutions operate. EU citizens are critical of the way decisions are taken at EU level. One must also ask whether the Commission’s exclusive right of legislative initiative in almost all policy areas is still sustainable. What is the public opinion on a bicameral system, consisting of the Council of the European Union and the EU Parliament? And regarding the European Court of Justice, does the public support the primacy of EU versus national norms? Finally, would the EU find greater acceptance in the Member States if an institutional reform were carried out?

The ZEW Lunch Debate deals with current challenges of the European Union.
Current problems and potential reforms of the EU are discussed in the latest ZEW Lunch Debate.

These are just some of the questions that will be addressed at the upcoming ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels on 20 February 2020, organised in cooperation with the University of Mannheim (Collaborative Research Center “Political Economy of Reforms”).

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