EU Commission Unveils Plans to Strip Member State Governments of Veto Power

The European Commission has outlined a swathe of new policy proposals, with some greatly enhancing the power of the bloc, at the expense of national governments.

The European Commission has outlined over two dozen proposals and initiatives it wants tabled before May 2018, as part of a comprehensive effort to create a "more democratic Europe" — although some are likely to prove contentious.

There is a proposal to prevent member states from employing veto powers to block legislation in areas that usually demand unanimous agreement — instead, the EU commission is pushing for qualified majority voting, based on Article 48 of the Lisbon Treaty, in an effort to break deadlocks.

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