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An EU 2.0? Mass Withdrawal of Pro-democratic Member States

RevDem editor Oliver Garner (Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law) interviews Tom Theuns, Assistant Professor of Political Theory and European Politics at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Leiden and principal investigator in the Dutch Research Council project “Protecting Democracy in Europe”. They talk about the possibility and justification of a mass-exodus of democratically minded Member States via Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union and the founding of an EU 2.0 in response to Member States becoming autocratic. Oliver and Tom not only touch upon the political feasibility of such a mass withdrawal, but also its legal problems, democratic legitimacy, and alternative solutions.

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