Cambridge Festival of Ideas - Solidarity in the European Union: Quo Vadis?
25 October 2018, 18:30 - 20:00
Solidarity in European Union law, especially with its multiple mentions in the Lisbon Treaty, signed over a decade ago, offered much potential and optimism for common action in the European Union, in many different spheres of life of its peoples. However, faced with the recent financial, migration and the rule of law crises, accompanied by the rising nationalist and separatist political sentiments, we see the ideals of transnational European solidarity crumbling down. In fact, solidarity is undergoing a crisis not only at European, but also at national level.
Does this mean that European solidarity was a nice idea that is no longer feasible? Or are these recent developments just temporary setbacks, evidencing the ongoing conflict between solidaristic community ideals and individualism-driven commercial markets that benefit the selected few?
In the context of these concerns, the panel speakers will look at the meaning and practical manifestations of transnational solidarity in European Union law, developing the themes from the 2018 book Solidarity in EU Law: Legal Principle in the Making
, edited by Andrea Biondi, Eglė Dagilytė and Esin Küçük (Edward Elgar Publishing).
The speakers will focus on migration as the topical issue linked to European solidarity in two following ways:
• European Union Citizenship in the context of Brexit.
• Member State solidarity in the context of the Mediterranean refugee crisis.
There will be time for questions from the public afterwards. All welcome.