Sophie In’t Veld of the ALDE, speaks about public opinion in the European Union.
“It’s often said that there is no such thing as a European public opinion … to a large extent that is true. At the same time, we have seen embryonic forms of cross-border consensus and international public opinion … “
These embyronic examples include protests against the war on Iraq, the ‘freedom of speech’ debate sparked by the Danish cartoons, and anti-globalisation protesters.
She also notes the lack of engagement by stakeholders during the Dutch referendum on the EU Constitution:
Author : Mark F. Rendeiro
“In the whole campaign, with the notable exception of the employers’ organisation, everyone else were completely absent. I was expecting all of these organisations [civil society, social partners, environmental movements ] to come out with a public recommendation to their audience. … None of that happened.“