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Democracy in the European Union

Respect for democracy, the rule of law, and human rights. These are the values on which the European Union was founded after the horrors of two world wars. They are enshrined in Article 2 of the EU Treaty, but they are now at the center of a growing debate. Developments in some member states have been described as a threat to democracy and the EU is called to act, raising complex questions: Which EU body should monitor the respect of EU values? What should be the consequences if they are breached? How will the EU itself become more democratic to act as a credible guardian? These questions form the crux of a debate that has the potential to transform both the nature and power of the EU in its member states.

On democracy in the EU, we advocate for the creation of long-term, comprehensive tools which ensure adherence to all values in Article 2 of the EU Treaty.


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News from Democracy in the EU

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