Europe’s challenges and opportunities?

The EU flag and flags of member countries This theme includes the European cooperation within the scope of the European Union and the (European) Council. The legal and political integration in the EU has clearly been challenged during the last decade due to the financial crisis, the migration crisis and Brexit, as has  the comprehensive and dynamic case law of the European Court of Human Rights. The spotlight/focus of (in relation to) EU cooperation is interdisciplinary, focusing on the legal instruments and values of the dis/integration-processes, the actors of the processes and the interaction between those actors as well as the dynamics, opportunities and obstacles.

Members work with impacts on EU freedoms of mobility, posted workers, EU citizenship and the challenges of populism (as part of a Horizon 2020 EU research project) as well as in relation to human rights and EU law more broadly.  During the last years, several members have worked with issues of solidarity. In Europe the Christian love of neighbor and the social solidarity of the welfare state era after WWII are losing clout. This raises questions of how to identify and further develop emerging forms of (local) solidarity and global responsibility. This is studied in relation to amongst others case law of the European Courts, the European Charter, and the Lisbon Treaty. The focus is on how the supranational courts deals with the topic and legal obligations of solidarity, but it also goes beyond these rules and institutions.