1 This entry argues that there must be a certain European Union (EU or ‘Union’) content attached to the guiding values of the political community. These values, while clearly anchored in the domestic legal systems and the constitutional traditions of the Member States, must take on their own meaning if they are indeed to serve as a behavioral and identitarian yardstick for the Union and for belonging to the Union. If such a core cannot be agreed upon and enforced in times of crisis, then the integration project itself is undermined and loses its ethos. 2 Despite...
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