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dc.contributor.authorAltafin, Chiara
dc.contributor.authorLamer, Wiebke
dc.identifier.citationC Altafin & W Lamer ‘Challenges to the EU in 2017: Brexit implementation, populism, and the renewed attempt at advancing the social dimension of the European integration project’ (2018) 2 Global Campus Human Rights Journal 127-146.
dc.description.abstractOver the last decade, the European Union has faced a number of challenges, several of which have also dominated the regional political climate during 2017. For the first time in history, one of its member states is leaving the EU. In many other EU countries, the phenomena of populism and Euroscepticism are on the rise, while terrorist attacks continue to occur, the migration crisis continues to question EU solidarity, and social and economic inequalities are increasing. In light of these manifold challenges, this article examines the EU’s renewed attempt to advance the social dimension of the European project against the backdrop of two related political developments: the implementation of Brexit and the election outcomes in key member states in 2017. Brexit and the rising influence of populist, Eurosceptic parties pose a threat to European integration and effective political leadership, which in turn hinders the ability of the EU to tackle the challenges it faces. At the same time, these political developments highlight the importance of the social dimension of Europe for a large part of the electorate. Brexit and the election outcomes in The Netherlands, France, the UK and Germany in 2017 demonstrate that many citizens are concerned about the social implications of globalisation, urbanisation and digitalisation, particularly in light of the financial and economic crises that many EU countries had to confront over the last decade. The final section of the article examines the EU’s renewed pledge to strengthen its social dimension through the European Pillar of Social Rights. It considers that the political landscape has started to shift towards a more social stance during 2017 and argues that the operationalisation of the European Pillar could revitalise the EU narrative and ground for social policies and, accordingly, the European integration project, which needs to deepen its social dimension in order to survive and prove that it is able to enhance the living standards of European citizens. Key words: European Union; Brexit; elections; political parties; populism; social Europe; European Pillar of Social Rightsen_US
dc.publisherGlobal Campusen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGlobal Campus Human Rights Journal;2.1
dc.subjectEuropean Unionen_US
dc.subjectsocial rightsen_US
dc.subjectpolitical partiesen_US
dc.subjectsocial policyen_US
dc.titleChallenges to the EU in 2017: Brexit implementation, populism, and the renewed attempt at advancing the social dimension of the European integration projecten_US

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    Global Campus Human Rights Journal. Volume 2, No 1 (2018)

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