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A Disdain for Absolute Values


The European Union and its integration process face two central dilemmas: How to enhance its own legitimacy and ensure that the new member states match older ones when it comes to the application of democracy and rule of law.  At the same time, it faces 'outside' pressure, from the development of American policy, Russia’s ambitions, and the emergence of China. Taken together, transformation within
the EU becomes both urgent and essential.

The European Union and its integration process face two central dilemmas: How to enhance its own legitimacy and ensure that the new member states match older ones when it comes to the application of democracy and rule of law.  At the same time, it faces ‘outside’ pressure, from the development of American policy, Russia’s ambitions, and the emergence of China. Taken together, transformation within
the EU becomes both urgent and essential.

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