Consensus Vs Agreement

For example, the moderator may address previously controversial topics and ask dissidents if their concerns have been raised enough in the meantime, or if there are timid signs of disagreements such as coffee break “rumors” or frowns, these could be with something like “Are you sure we have reached a consensus? Peter, you look unhappy.¬†Unlike other forms of consensus, liberal consensus favours dissent, not in the sense that dissent is welcome, but in the sense that there is a particular fear that dissidents will be silenced. The encouragement of objections serves to counter institutional pressure by creating an atmosphere of esteem for everyone`s point of view. If we vote and all the Member States vote in the same way, the decision is unanimous. If a decision is made by consensus, there is no formal vote.