The Links between Human Rights and the Single European Market: Discrimination and Systemic Infringement
Comparative Law Review, Vol 7, No 1 (2016) 1-23.
23 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2016
Date Written: October 26, 2016
The aim of this article is to prove that the legal system of an EU member state in which the weakening of democratic rights and distortion of the constitutional system of checks and balances takes place also hurts the frameworks of the single market. The best example for this situation can be seen in Hungary nowadays. The connection between constitutional principles and single market regulations is not as obvious as it seems. Many would claim that multinational companies do not need basic rights to perform well. However, this is not true. Anti-democratic developments create a framework that not only results in institutional, legal and sociological changes, but also hurts free competition leading to a loss in profit. There is a great chance that a country rife with breaches of fundamental rights will, as a spill-over effect, also face a large number of single market regulation breaches.
Keywords: single market, populism, demagoguery, oligarchs, investor discrimination
JEL Classification: F15, K2
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