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Brunner and Others v. the European

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Brunner and Others v. the European Union Treaty, pp. 78-79. According to the Court, it is part of the unassailable content of the democratic principle that the carrying-out of state functions and the exercise of state powers is derived from the people of the state and the persons exercising them are fundamentally answerable to the people. Still, the necessary relationship of responsibility can be established in various ways. What according to the Court is decisive is that a sufficiently effective content of democratic legitimacy, that is, a specific level of legitimacy is achieved. Idem, pp. 84-85.
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