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I am Just a Citizen

Like many in Brussels involved in policy debates, I rolled my eyes when I had learnt about the inclusion of a Citizens’ Initiative section in the Lisbon Treaty. Perhaps it was my well-honed, smug, academic elitism, but I had visions of hordes of the great unwashed coming to Brussels to clog up policy processes with their radical agendas – a million signatures to have the Commission deny the Holocaust, ban pesticides, expel all foreigners or stop research in biotechnology – with social media tools today, you can get a million people to support pretty well anything. Then, to my surprise, I had a moment of clarity.

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