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Last time I checked the Parliament had - among the EU institutions - the highest confidence in the population. So when it comes to the Parliament appointing the Commission I don't think the population is the problem.

Or was the intended reading
A swedish kind of death:

Then the Parliament and its elected Commission can confront the Council.

oliver:
Then you'd discover the unfortunate truth. They who pay the bill call the shots.

There is simply no majority in Europe to give the EU that much power over money.

But my comment applies to the normal decision making process (where much of the Councils real power stems from the collaboration of the Commission). Today we get a Council+Commission proposal that with the narrowest of margins has to pass the Parliament, with a Commission appointed in real terms by the Parliament we would get a Parliament+Council proposal that has to pass the Council. It changes the dynamics within the current treaties.

I suspect what you are refering to is the crisis managment that falls with the ECB and the member countries - in and outside Council meetings. That will not change until we get the Parliament to appoint a majority in the ECB board or a federal treasury or something like that. This would take treaty changes that currently would never be proposed, never mind accepted.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 at 04:11:54 AM EST
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It is a questionable idea to make the ordinary decisions, which matter little compared to handling the crisis, democratic, but leave the really important stuff as is. If you were to design a message telling the voters that they are not important, you'd hardly come up with a better way.
by oliver on Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 at 04:18:12 AM EST
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Yes, unfortunately that is true and inherit in the EMU structure. The ECB holds incredible power and is - as far as I know - completely independent of all other EU institutions except the Court (that fired national CB bosses can appeal their firing to). If there is a lever I would like to know about it, but as it looks now the ECB could just as well have been constructed outside the EU system.

As we have seen from the Merkel-Sarkozy meetings, even the Council is not all that important, it is just the member states (with budget powers and the guns to back up an exit) and the ECB. This makes it a seperate structure from the EU legislative process (which can be important, ACTA for example sure appears to have caught the interest of many).

I struggle to find anything to compare it to, but perhaps there are times in the process of parliaments gaining power over the kings in catholic Europe where the church held a similar untouchable position of power outside legislative, executive and judicial power.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 at 07:57:19 AM EST
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Well, Kemal Atatürk showed us how to solve that problem.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jul 23rd, 2012 at 03:40:47 AM EST
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