How the EU Can Safeguard Its “Fundamental Values”: Two Ideas
This paper outlines two initiatives that could be taken up by the EU institutions to improve compliance with fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law by EU Member States. These measures would not require the introduction of new legislation or amendment of the EU treaties. Rather, they could be put into effect within a short time-frame through informal changes in internal policy by the institutions and inter-institutional agreements.
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The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: What Can It Do?
The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights could become a powerful tool to promote human rights in the EU’s internal and external policies. But when does it apply, and how can it be used at national and EU level?
A Victory for Civil Society
European Union Court Rejects Hungarian NGO Funding Law
A ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union has affirmed the vital role of civil society in democratic governance.
The Legacy of 1989
George Soros on Europe after the Berlin Wall
Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, Open Society Foundations Founder and Chair George Soros looks back at his support for Central and Eastern European democracy, which began when few imagined the fall of the Iron Curtain.