By Peter A. Kraus
The ecu Union's motto 'United in range' contrasts with the cultural standardization entailed within the formation of realms and the forging of political identities in Europe. So what does being 'united in range' suggest? concentrating on language politics and regulations, this e-book bargains a radical evaluate of the consequences of cultural and linguistic range for the method of making a eu polity. It sheds gentle on probably the most urgent difficulties linked to modern identification politics. it's always claimed that the recurrent occasion of variety in Europe's programmatic declarations has an efficient political influence. Kraus bargains a severe research of the way the ecu has answered to the normative problem of making an institutional body for integration which permits cultural variations to be transcended with no ignoring them.
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Even if one assumes that a majority of Europeans is convinced of the advantages of a closer political union, the question remains whether this makes for a sufficiently stable basis of collective consent in a European democracy. At any rate, the democratic institutionalization of conflicts in the transnational realm would call for levels of affective support that the project of European integration has thus far failed to mobilize. 5. The very ‘comprehensibility’ of political discourses – not to mention their deliberative quality – is linked to the medium of language.
Under the aspect of democratic compatibility, the European constitution should primarily respect the member states’ autonomy. When the focus is placed on overcoming the democracy deficit in the proper sense, by contrast, the issue becomes the EU’s own democratic potential. What is then at stake might be called the democratic capability of the EU. Modern Western democracies derive the legitimacy of political rule from the principle of popular sovereignty. In differentiated societies, the principle can rarely be applied in a direct way.
From such an angle, attempts at democratizing the EU which concentrate primarily on the institutional domain might even be counterproductive, as Grimm (1995: 296–7) argues, adducing the example of a stronger parliamentarization of the Euro-polity: The European Parliament does not meet with any European mediatory structure in being; still less does it constitute a representative body, since there is as yet no European people. This is not an argument against any expansion of Parliament’s powers .