Monday, July 3, 2017

Migration: The end of the EU as a community of values?

Migration: The end of the EU as a community of values? In a broader sense, however, the EU itself, in its response to the migration crisis of 2015-16, also betrayed the values on which it is supposedly built. At the same time, the relocation scheme over which the Commission is now taking action also highlighted the divisions inside the EU, which in effect stopped functioning as a community of values and the rule of law when Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico publicly announced that the quotas, decided by a weighted majority of member states, would not be honoured by his government. Such open defiance of EU law was unprecedented in the EU’s history. (Hungary and Slovakia also challenged the relocation quotas before the Court of Justice of the European Union. An Advocate General is scheduled to issue a non-binding opinion on July 26th.)

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