There is a new, important report by Julia De Clerck-Sachsse and Piotr Maciej Kaczyński from CEPS: “The European Parliament – more powerful, less legitimate? An outlook for the 7th legislature”.
The authors think that the extremely low figures for predicted voter turnout must be seen in the context of growing public disillusionment in the member states. They believe that it will be perilous for the European Parliament to ignore the problem of growing public apathy. From their perspective, in order to assess the future development of the EP, both its political power positioning in the EU institutional context and its wider legitimacy need to be taken into account. This would be especially important if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified after all.