What is astonishing is the mantra-like invocation of European values such as democracy and freedom, which ran like a red thread through Leyen’s application speech to the EU Parliament. It is astonishing for a quite obvious reason, because the process, as von der Leyen came to office, really has nothing to do with democracy or any other ‘Western value’. It has its chutzpah to be hoisted to power by an act completely distant from democracy and in doing so to conjure up a common foundation of values in penetrance that is diametrically opposed to this act. Apparently, however, the mainstream media are also so far removed from the ability to recognise these values that they no longer notice their actual absence.
The EU has not yet abolished elections, but it is on the way to do so. It has been proved many times that the EU is not interested in the will of the voters. Votes are repeated until the result is right, referenda and election decisions are ignored.
The EU is not planning to abolish elections. This is a conspiracy theory and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative, which aims to portray the EU as a disintegrating bloc, overseen by a bureaucracy bringing harm to EU citizens and the sovereignty of its member states.
The EU is governed by the principle of representative democracy, with citizens directly represented at Union level in the European Parliament and Member States represented in the European Council and the Council of the EU.