Europe's Crisis of Values

48 Revista catalana de dret públic 2014, 106-118.

University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper 2014-15

20 Pages Posted: 31 May 2014 Last revised: 17 Sep 2014

Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 29, 2014

Abstract

This contribution outlines the special features of the Rule of Law crisis of the European Union which started in Hungary. It argues that the crisis of values is the first systemic challenge to the very essence of the process of European integration since the foundation of the project. The key features of the crisis are analyzed as well as the reasons that led to the crisis, focusing not only on the EU’s powerlessness to resolve it in terms of procedures and enforcement, but also on the justice void, which looms beyond the internal market, making EU’s substantive involvement – indispensable for the successful resolution of the crisis – overwhelmingly difficult. The main point is very simple: the crisis of values is something new and its importance should be realized in full, as it corrupts the core assumptions about the EU indispensable for Europe’s successful functioning.

Keywords: rule of law, EU law, values, crisis

Suggested Citation

Kochenov, Dimitry, Europe's Crisis of Values (May 29, 2014). 48 Revista catalana de dret públic 2014, 106-118.; University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper 2014-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2443363

Dimitry Kochenov (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, 9712 EK
Netherlands

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