The European Union Essay

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Introduction

With tensions rising within the borders of Europe after an influx of refugees from war-torn Syria, Greece being allowed to borrow more money from the EU and referendums making their way to European governments, this question may pop up in people 's heads: Do we have enough influence on the decisions the European Union makes? Democracy has been around for thousands of years. However, the meaning of it has been altered as time progressed. Where the Ancient Greeks first used the word democracy to give a name to the city-states ' political systems, people living in the 20th and 21st century tied a more liberal version to the word, and thus the meaning. Currently, more and more people are starting to ask themselves the question if their voice in the decisions of the European Union has any influence. A Dutch website GeenStijl.nl has tried raising awareness of this, and has opened a ballot for a referendum, to be voted for by the Dutch public. As it has reached its 300,000 vote goal, and has nearly half a million votes in total, it has been submitted to the Dutch government (Van Rossem, 2015). In this paper, the following question will be considered.
What role does the Dutch citizen play in the decisions made by the EU, and does social media provide a framework to let them participate more?

First of all, the definition of current democracy will be explained briefly. Then, a problem that occurs in the present day, democratic deficit, will be pointed out as

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