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Can Values Education Promote Cohesion in Europe?

Considerations on the Example of the EU Values of Freedom, Equality, Solidarity and Human Dignity
  • Reinhold Mokrosch
  • Arnim Regenbogen
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Abstract

“The European Union (EU) has been misunderstood for a long time as a purely economic community. Although the EU economy plays an important role, it should not be forgotten that the EU is a community of values in the first place.” With these words the former president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, inaugurated one of his speeches in the European Parliament, and he added (giving the gist of his words): “For both, the ‘Treaty on European Union, 2009’ and in, the ‘EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, 2000’ as well in the ‘European Convention for the protection of Human Rights and fundamental Freedoms, 1950’, values are laid down, which are applicable to all EU citizens and which impose on all of them equal rights and equal duties. These values often extend the significance of what is codified in the national constitutions of the 28 States of the EU.”

Keywords

European Union Human Dignity European Union Member State Political Freedom Fundamental Freedom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhold Mokrosch
    • 1
  • Arnim Regenbogen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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