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By Dr. Hanneke van Eijken This summer many European citizens woke up in shock. Whilst reading the newspaper, listening to the radio, scrolling on Facebook, having breakfast, we learnt that a small majority of the voters in the Brexit referendum voted to leave the European Union. Not only does the (potential) Brexit have consequences for

Dear mr. rector, Dear team of the University of Oviedo, Dear colleagues,   First of all, many thanks to the University of Oviedo, particularly the rector, Professor Silvia Gomez and her team for making it possible to host our fourth bEUcitizen General Assembly Meeting! A conference that is held in a time of great uncertainty for European citizens, faced with rising nationalism, growing xenophobia and populism, fear and anger. These are all culminating in last week’s…

By Associate Professor, PhD. Catherine Jacqueson, Welma - Center for Legal Studies in Welfare and Market, Law Faculty, Copenhagen University, Denmark. The Alimanovic ruling (C-67/14) on jobseekers’ social rights was long awaited. The legal framework was the same as in Dano (C-333/13), but this time the German subsistence allowance was claimed by two Swedish nationals who had previously been working for 11 months in Germany. In contrast, Mrs Dano had never worked in the country and…

EUROPE AT A CROSSROADS   Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (University of Oxford)   THE VOTE FOR BREXIT has opened an existential phase for the future of the EU. Irrespective of the political debates over the past year or so, the British referendum at its core was not about Britain’s membership in the EU, but about how the country copes with deindustrialization, deprivation and one of the highest levels of inequality in Europe. “Privatized Keynesianism” (C. Crouch) helped to conceal…

Five thousand people in Calais wanting to cross the Channel to the UK has meant my inbox is overflowing with invitations for interviews and top lines on ‘what is to be done’. What is striking about these requests is how many ask for brevity. ‘Tell us what you would do about Calais in 50 words. Be as specific as possible’, asked one journalist. The flood of requests (or perhaps I should say ‘swarm’) encapsulates what I find to be a real dilemma working in the field of ‘migration…

Can EU law effectively help the mobility of students? EU law does not require Member States to provide for a study finance system or maintenance grants for higher education, either at home or abroad. When Member States do, though, the rules for obtaining a grant must comply with the right to freedom of movement and residence across the European Union, either pursuant to the rules on workers/self-employed or those relating to Union citizenship. This is also valid when the grant is a sort of…

The economic interests constitute one of the main elements in the evolving of the European case law, and such role – in the context of public finance crisis – is founding hypothesis of economic rights that can produce both an increasing or a rationalization of the public expenditure. The European Court of Justice in the

Last week, which was my second in office, I travelled to Copenhagen for a bEUcitizen meeting. The plane was packed with businessmen and elegant people doing Christmas shopping. Having been busy lately with the project, with my book, and with my baby, I did not have time – and, to some extent, money – to buy myself nice clothes and shoes after the pregnancy, neither to go to the hairdresser’s. In the rush, I packed two half pair of black shoes apart from the comfortable, unpolishable…

Hanna had served as an Austrian civil servant for twenty years, so she said, "Master, my time is up; now I should be glad to leave Austria and go to another EU country to perform the same job and enjoy my EU citizenship". The master answered: "You have served me faithfully and honestly; as the service was, so shall the reward be. But you first must find out your change in pension claims. If you take up the same job in the Netherlands you will become an employee and have to quit your Austrian…

Economic rights are considered human rights and, as such, they are included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted in 1948, and in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), approved in 1966 and entered into force in 1976. In the EU, the corpus of fundamental rights of the Union’s legal order, as set out in article 6 of the Lisbon Treaty, contains three layers: the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (The EU Charter), the…