Summary of Ten Commandments to Overcome the EU’s Many Crises

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The rise of Euroskeptic parties across Europe reflects crisis of faith: Citizens feel increasingly alienated from the EU bureaucracy – long accused of operating with a “democratic deficit” – and doubtful about the union’s ability to ensure security and promote economic prosperity more than any single member state could on its own. But Uffe Ostergard of the Copenhagen Business School argues that the EU can fix its legitimacy crisis through a series of reforms. getAbstract recommends his “Ten Commandments to democratize the EU” to European policy makers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the EU can increase its legitimacy among its citizens,
  • How the EU can better embrace its global responsibilities and
  • How the EU can empower citizens and member states through the legislative process.

About the Author

Uffe Ostergard is a professor emeritus at Copenhagen Business School and the author of What Next, EU?



Three major crises have undermined Europeans’ trust in the European Union and its institutions: the 2008 financial crisis, the refugee crisis, and Brexit. To remain viable, the EU must undertake a series of reforms in the following ten areas:

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