European Union

It's Hard to Have Your Voice Count in the E.U.


According to polling from Pew there has been a slight increase in support for the European Union ahead of next week's European Parliament elections following an unsurprising drop in support in the wake of the euro crisis.


The Pew article goes on to note that a median of 71 percent of respondents from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the U.K. claimed that "my voice does not count in the EU."


That the voices of citizens of E.U. member states don't count is not just a widely held belief, it is inevitable given the absurd way the European Parliament functions.

You would be forgiven for believing that because the European Parliament has the word "Parliament" in it that its 765 members have the power to propose legislation. However, this is not the case. The European Parliament has the power to approve, reject, and amend legislation, but it cannot initiate it. However, the European Parliament's website notes that "the European Parliament has a right of legislative initiative that allows it to ask the Commission to submit a proposal."

The European Commission, which has "legislative initiative," has 28 members (one for each E.U. member state), none of whom of are elected by the people of the E.U.

When you consider that a decreasing number of people vote in European elections, that the people elected to the European Parliament represent a significant number of constituents who did not vote for them, and that members of the European Parliament have no power to introduce legislation it is easy to see why E.U. citizens don't feel like their voice counts in the E.U.

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  1. Huh. Apropos of nothing, I believe the Roman Senate couldn’t initiate legislation either.

  2. The European Parliament has the power to approve, reject, and amend legislation, but it cannot initiate it.

    Isn’t that great, a parliament that cannot initiate any legislation?!!

    1. Maybe they can gut and amend, as was done with Obamacare and so many other bills.

  3. Sadly it was probably voteman that did it.

    I know i like the EU slightly more because of voteman….or at least hate it slightly less.

  4. EU citizens don’t feel like their vote counts in the EU because their vote doesn’t count in the EU. This is by design, as the EU is a creature of (mostly) Franco-Germanic bureaucracy and foreign policy’s creation. The last thing they need is unwelcome intrusion by the electorate; indeed they have done a fine job of squelching any and all attempts to reform the EU in that direction all the while arrogating even more power unto themselves.

    As far as a slight uptick in support for the EU goes, the answer is simple: Poland is a large country, and it is very favorable to an EU which has as its foreign policy goal a pro-Western Ukraine.

  5. So the majority of people support the EU even though they think their voice does not count in the EU, that the EU is intrusive, that the EU is inefficient, and the EU does not understand the needs of it citizens….

    You know that Wolfe quote?

    “Fascism is ever menacing over America but only ever lands in Europe.”

    Pretty sure it landed in Europe and never left.

    1. So the majority of people Americans support the EU federal government even though they think their voice does not count in the EU federal government, that the EU federal government is intrusive, that the EU federal government is inefficient, and the EU federal government does not understand the needs of it citizens….

  6. CCool story, bro

  7. It’s going to take more than a Danish porn video to get Europeans to be more optimistic about the EU, lol

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