If European leaders want to fight the wave of eurosceptics which has risen with last week’s parliamentary elections, they have to address the two main criticisms of the EU: a lack of legitimacy and inadequate economic policies.
There are two ways to address the lack of legitimacy of European institutions. The first is to strengthen the national basis of representation. This would mean involving more directly the party leaders who won the largest support at the election – including Nigel Farage of the UK Independence party, Marine Le Pen of and Alexis Tsipras of Greece’s Syriza – to discuss Europe’s way forward. It is understandable that some heads of state do not want to follow this line.