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Roger Scruton concludes his series of talks on the nature and limits of democracy. "We in Europe are moving not towards democracy but away from it," he says.

"There is no first-person plural of which the European Institutions are the political expression," he argues. "The Union is founded in a treaty, and treaties derive their authority from the entities that sign them. Those entities are the nation states of Europe, from which the loyalties of the European people derive. The Union, which has set out to transcend those loyalties, therefore suffers from a permanent crisis of legitimacy.".

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A Point of View: Should countries be more like families?

A Point of View:  Should countries be more like families?

Democracies must learn to compromise to ensure their survival, says Roger Scruton.

 

Read Roger Scruton's article on BBC News website.

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PresenterRoger Scruton
ProducerRichard Knight

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