Illiberalism Within: Rule of Law Backsliding in the EU
Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies volume 19 December 2017 3-47
39 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2017 Last revised: 22 May 2020
Date Written: December 1, 2017
How should the European Union cope with Member States that no longer respect the basic values of the Union? This article reviews the cases of Hungary and Poland, showing the responses of the major European Union institutions to those two Member States as their governments removed checks on their power, eliminated the independence of judiciaries and failed to honour their European commitments. As the chapter demonstrates, the responses of EU institutions have so far been ineffective at bringing these Member States back into line with European values. We examine the various proposals that have been made to do better, concluding that there is some promise in some legal strategies that are available now but have yet to be tried.
Keywords: Rule of law, Democracy, European Union, Hungary, Poland
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