Parliament for Europe

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Parliament for Europe

By David Marquand
Jonathan Cape, 1979
147 pp.

If Ionescu's volume deals with what is, Marquand's turns to what ought to be. Drawing on his own experience as a pro-Europe Labour MP and, until recently, a member of the European Commission at Brussels, he blames the Community's stagnation on its present institutional arrangements, in which power is vested not in an elected European parliament but in an appointed commission of member states. Technocratic Europe must be replaced by parliamentary Europe, he says, if the Community is to meet the challenges facing it and proceed to European union. A tightly argued, eloquent tract for the times.

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