Is the European Union Going Deep on Democracy and Religious Freedom?

The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Forthcoming

13 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2014

See all articles by Pasquale Annicchino

Pasquale Annicchino

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

Date Written: July 13, 2014

Abstract

In recent years the European Union has begun to explicitly affirm a foreign policy role for freedom of religion or belief (FoRB). The initial reaction to this trend among many scholars and policy analysts has largely been that of caution — if not outright skepticism — regarding the practical import of the changes. However there are signs of continuing momentum. While the EU’s record thus far does not yet reflect a fully comprehensive strategy for integrating FoRB into its broader agenda for promoting deep democracy, it has been able to enlarge the role of FoRB in its external action on a step-by-step basis.

Keywords: EU external relations, religious freedom, deep democracy

Suggested Citation

Annicchino, Pasquale, Is the European Union Going Deep on Democracy and Religious Freedom? (July 13, 2014). The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2465591

Pasquale Annicchino (Contact Author)

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

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University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

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