The European Democratic Deficit
The European Union has developed in scope from being merely economic in intentions to encompass the political and foreign spheres of government yet, it is constantly assaulted for harbouring a deep-seated democratic deficit. The Lisbon Treaty, following on from the ill-fated European Constitutional Treaty, seeks to remedy this through broad reforms but manages to bring with it as many issues as it sought to repair. Issues such as the conflict between the elected European Parliament and the non-elect, the Commission.
These issues, are in some ways too confining also as they do not manage to fully legitimise this vast area of public law enough to overcome such deficiencies as the economic mindset of the court and the unstable validity of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.