'An ever closer union among the peoples of Europe' : Union citizenship, democracy, rights and the enfranchisement of second country nationals
Title: 'An ever closer union among the peoples of Europe' : Union citizenship, democracy, rights and the enfranchisement of second country nationals
Author: BELLAMY, Richard (Richard Paul)
Citation: Rainer BAUBÖCK (ed.), Debating European citizenship, Cham : Springer, 2019, IMISCOE Research Series, pp. 47-50
ISBN: 9783319899046; 9783319899053
A key feature of the very idea of Union citizenship which, as a political scientist, I find can be lost in the predominantly legal analysis of this topic, is the reliance of citizenship rights, including those associated with Union citizenship, on politics in general and the state – in this case the member states – in particular. It is this political context that makes voting rights such an essential part of citizenship, yet one, given the complexities and peculiarities of the EU’s political system, that raises a number of difficulties in the European context. The Initiative raises a key issue but proposes a misguided solution, at odds with the very nature of the EU. For it overlooks how Union citizenship necessarily presupposes member state citizenship.
First Online: 13 September 2018; This chapter is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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