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15 - Defending Democracy in EU Member States

Beyond Article 7 TEU

from IV - Constitutional Fundamentals

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 December 2019

Francesca Bignami
Affiliation:
George Washington University, Washington DC
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Founded on post-war optimism that a Europe of united democracies could provide both peace and prosperity, the European Union is slowly waking up to the fact that not all of its Member States are committed to democratic principles. Article 2 TEU pronounces (as fact) that “[t]he Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.” And Article 2 goes on to assert (as fact) that “[t]hese values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.” But for some EU member governments, these values no longer define the aspirational horizon. The requirements of Article 2 are simply no longer met in all Member States.

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EU Law in Populist Times
Crises and Prospects
, pp. 413 - 456
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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