Author: José Ignacio Torreblanca.
Maybe the subject (problem) that starts to worry the world political class, or at least the European, the most, the disaffection of the citizens towards the political institutions. That is the topic of the book by José Ignacio Torreblanca, Who rules Europe? Rebuilding democracy, recovering citizens, which is presented this afternoon, at 7:00 p.m., at the office for Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU (52 De Régent Boulevard – Brussels). The event will have the participation of Alfonso Dastis, Ambassador Permanent Representative; Joaquín Almunia, Vice-president of the European Commission; Claudi Pérez, correspondent for El País in Bruselas, and José Ignacio Torreblanca, the book’s author.
The crisis of the euro has put the central question of the democratic thinking on the table: who governs? In the last years, a confusing amalgam of actors and institutions has governed Europe. Their crisis management has been inefficient as well as opaque and irresponsible from the democratic point of view, since it has not generated growth and has not allowed balance. Besides, it has created an important break up between creditors and payers, North and South, centre and outskirts, and members and non members of the Eurozone, which has created a great problem of democratic legitimacy for the European Union, damaging the support and the trust of the citizens for the integration project up to extreme points never seen before, encouraging the rise of Eurosceptic and xenophobic populisms. The democracy, understood as the governance of the people, for the people and by the people, seems to have evaporated from the national sphere, since important decisions are no longer taken at home, without having reappeared in exchange in the European scope in a legitimate format that is also intelligible for the citizens. Rebuilding the democracy at home involves building an authentic democracy in Europe: that requires giving back to the citizens the capacity of choosing politics, politicians and the type of Europe from which they want to be governed.
Publishing house: LA CATARATA
Price: 15 euros