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C. Bastasin: It’s not Europe – It’s national democracy which is dysfunctional

BREXIT is considered to be proof that Europe is not working. Frankly, this assessment is optimistic. What Brexit demonstrates is rather that, in some cases, national democracies become dysfunctional—when complex decisions cross national boundaries, for instance. This is an even more problematic and confusing finding. Finally, we have also discovered that the EU cannot work if its constituent national democracies do not work.

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