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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: December 2019

16 - The Politics of Resentment and First Principles in the European Court of Justice

from IV - Constitutional Fundamentals


Although the European Union has faced many crises in recent years, including Brexit and the euro crisis, the current trend of democratic backsliding in Hungary, Poland, and perhaps other Member States is the most serious of all. These governments have trampled upon the values of democracy, rule of law, and human rights. In doing so, they have called into question the very foundations of European integration and have undermined the European project from within. The governments of Hungary and Poland have openly challenged liberal democracy, one of the core constitutional features of the European Union.1