April 17, 2014
The notion of democracy derives from ancient history; it originates from the Greek words dêmos and kratos, which means ‘rule of the people’. Its modern definition lies in the eye of the beholder since nations have various interpretations on what makes a society ‘democratic’.
But generally, a democracy, according to Wikipedia, is “a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or indirectly through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws.”
In the EU, a settled definition on democracy does not exist per se, but certain essential elements of democracy do exist within its treaties that altogether build a European perspective on democracy that includes attachments to several principles, among them include liberty, respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. Thus, to consider an entity like the EU democratic, it must comply with those given principles.
Democracy was the ideology that reigned supreme in […]