COVID-19 and Democracy in the European Union

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Posted May 31, 2020 | E-International Relations, Alexander Brotman,

For many EU states, democracy is not a natural condition but a newly consolidated one.  The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to exacerbate divides in Europe and tests the EU in responding to threats to the rule of law and judicial independence. Alexander Brotman suggests in this essay for E-International Relations that in order to thrive, the EU must enforce shared laws and regulations, not just shared ideals and identity. Respect for the rule of law and an independent judiciary by all member states should be non-negotiable and subject to persistent scrutiny to uphold democracy across the bloc.


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