Lawmaking in the dark

A view of the Justus Lipsius, one of the buildings of the Council of the European Union in Brussels. [Andrew Hardy/Flickr]

The image of unelected bureaucrats making secret deals in smoke-filled rooms has gained traction in recent years, fueling populist resentment towards the European Union.

Although exaggerated, these claims are not entirely unfounded. As we explore in this Special Report, EU legislation is conceived in darkness, gestated in sunlight, and then returns to darkness for its birth.

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