The future of Europe
The economic crisis has highlighted the EU's structural limitations. We believe the EU institutions should be more democratic, should build stronger partnerships with national governments, parliaments and civil society – and should be fully engaged with citizens. EU decision-making needs to be subject to much greater parliamentary control. The Lisbon Treaty has given the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers equal weight on most areas – and this should be the case for all EU legislation.
EU economic governance in particular reflects the right-wing economics of past decades and has proved economically ineffective, opaque and unable to get Europe out of recession. We stand for more democratic economic governance, serving a wider, more balanced vision of society. Unelected troikas and committees of civil servants must not have the power to take policy decisions affecting the lives of European citizens. Their operations must be opened up to public scrutiny and democratic control.