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Should EU citizens take more responsibility for protecting European democracy?
EU citizens should take more responsibility for protecting European democracy
Encouraging democratic participation (for example by including citizenship classes in schools) would mean citizens understand better how their voices are represented in a democracy
People cannot complain that they do not understand the EU, or that it does not represent them, if they do not engage with it.
Any EU democratic deficit could be tackled by citizens actually going to vote in European Elections.
Having the possibility to choose, we should go and vote for the values we care about, instead of complaining about European regulations or MEPs once the elections are over. In this way, we are responsible.
If citizens were to have a more active role in policy making and politics, they would be less critical of the system and understand its complexities better
Taking responsibility for protecting EU democracy doesn't happen by voting. We need to get out on the streets and protest for what we believe in - that is taking responsibilty.
It’s the role of our elected officials to safeguard democracy. That’s why we elect them.
There is no such thing as European democracy, just a collection of national political realities.
It is not the citizens but the EU institutions which should be responsible for allowing more space for citizens' participation.
Democracy should be set in stone - not something that can be challenged in the future. In that respect, there should be no need to protect it.
Even by voting, people's voice is hardly taken into consideration.
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