A political contestation at the EU level: Has the Spitzenkandidaten-initiative increased democratic-legitimacy and brought the public-sphere closer to the EU?

Wisam Mohamad Abou Kassem

Student thesis: Bachelor project


The European Union has been faced with a large multitude of challenges – especially in recent times.
One of which regards the perceived democratic and legitimistic deficiency of the European Union.
The need for the Union to connect itself with the European-public through accountable procedures
of democratic and legitimistic initiatives has never been so imperative. This thesis will uncover the
extent of which the European “Spitzenkandidaten” initiative has been successful in channeling
democratic legitimacy to the EU-level.

EducationsInternational Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Bachelor
Publication date27 May 2018
Number of pages43
SupervisorsKristian Lau Nielsen