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Yves Bertoncini

Yves Bertoncini

Yves Bertoncini has been Director of the Jacques Delors Institute since April 2011. He assists the ...
Valentin  Kreilinger

Valentin Kreilinger

Valentin is Research Fellow and works on EU Politics and Institutions. He joined Notre Europe – ...
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European Union and Citizens

European democracy: circus or reality?

on April 13, 2012, 09:01
Synthesis - Yves Bertoncini and Valentin Kreilinger


Notre Europe proposes the synthesis of a debate organised on the occasion of the publication of the book Circus Politicus, at the Foreign Press Centre in Paris. The authors and journalists, Philippe Deloire and Christophe Dubois argue in favour of the existence of a “democracy deficit” in the European Union.


Notre Europe wished to debate the main issues of the book by gathering Christophe Deloire, the Vice-President of the European Parliament and former Belgian Ministry Isabelle Durant and the former MEP Jean-Louis Bourlanges. Yves Bertoncini, Secretary General of Notre Europe, introduced and moderated the debate, which was concluded by questions and answers with the floor.


Written by Yves Bertoncini and Valentin Kreilinger, research assistant at Notre Europe, this synthesis focuses on four main issues of the debate:

  • The visibility deficit of the European institutions and decisions

  • The need of a better articulation between national and European democracies in a “multinational democracy”

  • Which role for interest groups and citizens?

  • The nature and scope of EU’s powers: Does Brussels decide of everything?
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