As the electoral campaign intensifies, political heat surrounding immigration remains high. Whatever the outcome of 4 March election will be, the issue of immigration is here to stay.
In place of a social contract between individuals, we believe that the EU is better conceived as a social contract between states and citizens. This social contract is referred to as a “demoicracy”. On this account, EU citizens should be entitled to the benefits of free movement and the legal protections of transnational citizenship. However, these benefits run up against a limit: they should be consistent with the normative basis of the national social contract.
Euvisions met Thomas Faist, Professor of Transnational Relations and Development Studies at Bielefeld University, in January 2018, on the occasion of the event “Dieci anni di Mondi Migranti. Uno spazio per la ricerca sulle migrazioni”, hosted by the University of Milan.
The outcome of the referendum of June 2016 on the UK’s membership in the EU is the first successful attempt by a member state to leave the EU. Several analysts started to raise concerns about the fact that the idea of an “exit” option could spread among other EU member states. Is there evidence of a domino effect after Brexit?
Throughout the electoral campaign that brought him to the élysée, Emmanuel Macron constantly insisted on European issues. As President, Macron follows his Europeanist commitment and strives to make his vision of Europe prevail. Moving from the analysis of his Sorbonne speech, this article intends to offer an overall assessment of Macron’s ideas on Europe under the light of the four cleavages that structure European politics.
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