“The rule of law is part of the EU’s DNA. It makes us what we are,” European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told a filled auditorium in his keynote speech at the opening of the Tilburg academic year. Indeed, the rule of law is one of the founding principles of the EU.

Since the beginning of 1990s, the EU has intensified its efforts on the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, introducing it in all agreements  with third countries.

With an increase in ...


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