#TheFutureIsYours Strengthening European democracy
Directly elect the President of the European Union
The recent "sofagate" is just the last example of the weakness of European institutions on the geopolitical stage. Having so many presidents with overlapping competencies and indirect democratic legitimacy creates confusion among EU citizens, and it is easily exploited by our global competitors. Moreover, accusations of democratic deficit have contributed for a long time to weaken and undermine the legitimacy of the union. So I propose to merge the roles of President of the Commission and of President of the European Council into a single one, and to elect it directly in European wide elections, according to the same electoral law, and with mechanisms that ensure citizens of small nations are not disadvantaged in their chances to get elected. I believe this would be a huge step in European integration, which would contribute in creating a true continental demos in a way that hasn't really happened so far.
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