REGIONAL EXPANSION, IDENTITY CRISIS AND THE PARADOX OF HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT IN THE EUROPEAN UNIONJanuary 2018

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Abstract

The EU is very concerned with the implementation of Human Rights, so it has become the basic value and the main terms in its membership. The EU's desire to expand the territorial prompts efforts to discipline the implementation of Human Rights is intensified in order to increase the number of members. However, individual identity, how one defines itself as a nation, and freedom of expression are also major points in Human Rights. This is clearly a major obstacle that unknowingly appears in the territorial expansion efforts being undertaken by the European Union. The most obvious and most recent example is the occurrence of Brexit through the EU referendum in June 2016 which resulted in the United Kingdom having to quit the EU membership. This is a major blow to the EU, because in the course of territorial expansion, the EU would have to lose one of its larger member states. This paper discusses the paradox of the virtue of Human Rights as a value that is upheld within the EU and the freedom of individuals and nations in defining themselves, as well as an identity crisis which is beginning to undermine the comfort of life in society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-109
JournalInternational Review of Humanities Studies
Volume3
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • EU
  • EU Expansion
  • Brexit
  • Identity
  • Identity Crisis
  • Human Rights

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