Three democratic events could prove detrimental to the European edifice and its finely crafted farce. The French election could return Hollande, a socialist opposed to the current Bruning pruning; the Greek election could result in an implosion of the whole political class and their replacement by the extremes; and the Irish have told the EU to FU so that they can hold a referendum on the Fiscal disunion treaty.
This comes on top of Von Rompuy arguing that national sovereignty has been diluted by the creation of the European Union. Interdependence and impacts upon other Member States were cited to justify 'contracts' with the European Commission and intrusive limits on parliementary activity in economic, social and political fields.
"The commission and other euro area member states have to be consulted before adoption of any major fiscal or economic policy reform with potential spill-over effects, so as to allow for an assessment of possible impact on the euro area as a whole," Van Rompuy explained, adding that it is the responsibility of national parliaments to "adapt" to this new situation.
One can see the limits to this interdependence with the tension between voters demands and the undermining of solidarity (as they would call these). The fundamental contradiction between democratic accountability and technocratic rules can be resolved in one of two ways: the reversal of centralisation or the dilution of democracy (where national parliaments become parish jokes).