Solidarity in EU Law
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Solidarity in EU Law

Legal Principle in the Making

Edited by Andrea Biondi, Eglė Dagilytė and Esin Küçük

The European Union has evolved from a purely economic organisation to a multi-faceted entity with political, social and human rights dimensions. This has created an environment in which the concept of solidarity is gaining a more substantial role in shaping the EU legal order. This book provides both a retrospective assessment and an outlook on the future possibilities of solidarity’s practical and theoretical meaning and legal enforcement in the ever-changing Union.
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Chapter 7: The EU financial and migration crises: two crises – many facets of EU solidarity

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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