Summary of Europe As a Republic

The Story of Europe in the Twenty-First Century


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What if Europe were a democracy?


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Many perceive the European Union as a bureaucratic behemoth that fails to serve its citizens. Across Europe, anti-EU sentiments are on the rise. In this article, political scientist Ulrike Guérot of the European Democracy Lab in Berlin, persuasively argues why the EU fails to live up to its original idea, explains how this failure harms EU citizens and details her ambitious vision of how governance changes could result in a better Europe in the decades to come. getAbstract recommends Guérot’s insights to academics, policy makers, business leaders and European citizens.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the European Union serves its citizens poorly
  • Why granting all EU citizens equal political and social rights benefits everyone
  • How a “European Republic” government might function


The European Council is at the heart of the European governance system, thereby placing the individual states at the center of the European Union. This setup is a structural obstacle to a truly united Europe. For example, take the energy market: National protectionism prevents companies from one country...
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Political scientist Ulrike Guérot is the founder and director of the European Democracy Lab, a think tank dedicated to the future of European democracy.

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