Charles Grant, director of a London-based think tank, outlines a number of actions to make the EU more accountable.
Writing in the UK daily The Guardian, he says that the financial crisis has weakened the legitimacy of the EU. He warns that the EU may unravel unless its leaders become more credible and legitimate to voters.
He recommends the establishment of a banking union to strengthen the financial system, and steps to stimulate demand coupled with structural reform to help southern European economies grow.
Grant also calls for the links between national parliaments to be strengthened, and the creation of a national parliamentary forum in Brussels.