The fundamental problem with the EU, however, is that the people of Europe have no faith in it and do not identify with it. A 2010 Eurobarometer poll found that only 49 percent of EU citizens think their country’s EU membership is a “good thing,” while only 42 percent trust EU institutions. Meanwhile, those institutions, like the EU’s whole ethos, are positively anti-democratic. Its key decision-making bodies — the European Council, Court of Justice, and European Commission — are, for all practical purposes, unelected, unaccountable, and removed from the people (commissioners are usually washed-up has-beens whose political careers in their home states have ended in failure). Their decisions are irreversible in national parliaments, and the European Parliament, while vested with powers of co-decision-making with the European Council, is also remote. The Parliament is a glorified debating society — not a government with an official opposition — and its parties cannot promise any fundamental policy changes in their election manifestos; indeed, its election outcomes rarely have an impact on the course of EU politics. Its members are unknown and despised as opportunists who merely seek inflated salaries, perks, expenses, and pensions. Voter turnout in the EU’s parliamentary elections is low and falling, reflecting the widely held belief among EU citizens that the EU doesn’t protect or represent their interests.
No further comment required, methinks.