As the dust fails to settle following the June 2008 Irish referendum, Europe wonders
whether this latest accident on its journey towards an unknown destination is only one
more bump on the road, or whether this may mark a more fundamental turning-point. Have
we reached the end of the road in terms of “deepening” the integration project, at least at
the level of EU27? Can the European Union, especially after enlargement, ever gain real democratic legitimacy?
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