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Iris Goldner Lang

In the past few years the EU has been undergoing two major crises: a financial crisis and a migration and asylum crisis. Both share the need for solidarity among all EU Member States. In both crises, Member States are expected to help each other by financial and other means, thus alleviating the burden of the most pressured Member States and by sharing the burden and responsibility collectively. This chapter aims to compare the financial and migration crises from the perspective of solidarity and tries to answer the question of whether there is solidarity in these areas and, if so, in what way and to what degree it manifests itself.

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Iris Goldner Lang

Iris Goldner Lang traces the development of EU food law. Its earlier days involved a food safety approach, shaped by the need to respond quickly to food safety crises of the past, especially BSE/vCJD or ‘mad cow’ disease. Contemporary concerns in EU food law include antimicrobial resistance and growing rates of obesity and nutrition-related disease. Here, as Goldner Lang highlights, the EU’s law and policy is insufficiently responsive to public health concerns.