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The right of freedom of movement for economically inactive Union citizens

September 29, 2015

Solange Maslowski, Center for Comparative Law, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic   Introduction: Freedom of movement, citizenship of the Union and general limits   Freedom of movement has been built progressively since the foundation of the European…

United in the Undefined: Balancing Cultural Diversity and Internal Market Goals in European Regulation for State Aid for Film

September 14, 2015

Author: Maarten R. van der Heijden, Utrecht University, The Netherlands   ABSTRACT How does the European Union value cultural diversity in European regulation for national state aid for films? Over the last years with the signing of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity…

Linguistic Landscapes in EU Member States: Politics of Visibility and Presence

Author: Višeslav Raos, University of Zagreb, Croatia   ABSTRACT In this paper, I wish to explore linguistic landscapes in EU member states and the enactment of public visibility and presence of non-majority linguistic groups. Non-majority linguistic groups gain power, visibility and…

Contesting Citizenship: to what extent do the linguistic challenges of the Polish minority in Lithuania pose a threat to the minority’s integration?

Author: Simona Gribulyte, Utrecht University, The Netherlands   ABSTRACT This paper seeks to investigate the recent language-related challenges posed by the Polish ethnic minority in Lithuania. While exploring the unique historical circumstances between the neighboring countries, a…

Value in Law – Concept and Applications within the Legal System of the EU

Author: Roberta Astolfi, Universität Göttingen, Germany   ABSTRACT This paper seeks to show a connection between epistemic facets of human language and political aspects of law. It will be tried to show how concepts, which have epistemic functions in the language system, may have both…

Pre-language tests: means of integration or barrier to family reunification?

Author: Gracy Pelacani, University of Trento, Italy   Abstract Language is a means to participate in society. Even more for migrants, the knowledge of the language of the host state is a fundamental instrument to attain integration. European Union member states seem to have fully…

Moravian Political Parties: The story of almost forgotten regionalist attempt in the Czech Republic

Author: Vít Hlousek, Masaryk University, Czech Republic   ABSTRACT The paper deals with history and political impact of „Moravist“ or Moravian political representation. The movement that started already during the 1968/1969 period to rise claims of Moravian political autonomy or…

Examining Tingsten’s Law of Dispersion: Can Higher Turnout Reduce Political Inequality?

Author: Michal Novy, Masaryk University, Czech Republic   ABSTRACT Since some people are engaged in politics through their votes and others are not, it could be said that participation in elections is unequal. Many scholars argue that those who cast a ballot are mostly the socially…

Public Involvement as a Source of Legitimacy in a Cooperative Diverse Union – A Comparison between the European Union and Switzerland

Author: Hester Kroeze, Utrecht University, The Netherlands   ABSTRACT Integration of autonomous legal and political units is inevitably accompanied by contestation of its legitimacy. Most recently, we have seen this in the context of the continuously further-going integration in the…

Constitutional Protection of Economic Rights in EU Member States

Authors: Margarita Argüelles Vélez, Carmen Benavides González and Silvia Gómez Ansón, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain ABSTRACT The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union defines the economic the rights of European Citizens. In principle, given that the EU Charter constitutes a…