Danish MPs: some are concerned, others aren't aware what's going on (Photo: venstredk)

National parliaments eclipsed by EU powers

The EU financial crisis has prompted centralisation of economic and budgetary powers in Brussels, while national parliaments struggle to fulfil their role as democratic watchdogs.

The issue will be highlighted on Wednesday (29 May) when the European Commission publishes detailed budget recommendations for member states, potentially touching on sensitive areas such as wage-setting, pension age or social spending.

"I am worried about the degree of influence of the country-specific...

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