Brendan Keenan: Democracy in the Eurozone -- now you see it, now you don't
Published 24/03/2011 | 05:00
EUROPE is being re-made before our eyes. Except, of course, that it is not happening before our eyes. The process is largely invisible.
Politics, like justice, ought to happen in public, although one must not be naïve. We all know that much of the political process takes place in secret. Ministers, civil servants and the competing vested interests deal with each other out of sight, before presenting their actions and decisions to the public arena.
Even so, in a democratic state, there is a public arena. It can be far from satisfactory. People have become disenchanted with the political theatre, especially in Ireland, because more and more, it seems to be just theatre.