A new ideas paper on progress towards further EU integration highlights the shifting power sands for national parliaments as the European Parliament is set to become the principle democratic guardian of a future EU. The paper – put together by EU council president Herman Van Rompuy and published Thursday (6 December) – lays out a loose time framework for achieving “genuine economic and monetary union.”
The idea that the EU’s Potemkin parliament, a sturdy defender of its perks and privileges but not much else, could act as some sort of guarantor for the democratic rights of a European “people” that does not actually exist, is insulting, sinister and absurd in too many ways to list.
But back to Van Rompuy’s paper:
It points out that while state budgets are at the “heart” of parliamentary democracies, national assemblies “are not in the best position” to take the “common interest” of the union into account.
How inconvenient of them.
As a reminder, this is what Nigel Farage, leader of Britain’s euroskeptic UKIP, had to say about the “capable, competent and dangerous” Van Rompuy in February 2010:
I have no doubt that it is your intention to be the quiet assassin of European democracy and of the European nation states.
Indeed it was. Indeed it is.