Democracy and the rule of law, cornerstones of the European Union, are under pressure. Hungary and Poland, in particular, demonstrate that a conflict is unfolding over the identity of the Union as a community of law and the extent to which this threatens the cohesion in the EU. At the same time, many member states in the EU remain resistant to autocratic developments, without the causes being immediately apparent.
However, the development of options for action and concrete strategies requires a deeper understanding of the factors that make democracies resilient to rule of law regression. With “RESILIO – Resilience observatory on the rule of law in Europe”, the IEP would like to make a contribution to this on both the analytical and the political-practical, strategic level.
Within the framework of a new, interdisciplinary approach, the IEP, with its project RESILIO, will identify underlying institutional and structural factors contributing to the resilience of constitutional states in a comparative perspective and make them measurable. The aim is to promote a greater understanding of the resilience of constitutional states among decision-makers in politics and public administration in Germany, the EU institutions and the EU member states. In addition, the IEP aims to raise awareness for risks and new challenges regarding the regression of the rule of law. Based on this information, IEP develops strategies to prevent the regression of the rule of law and to strengthen rule of law resilience in the EU. At the same time, the IEP contributes to an objectification of the sometimes highly politicized debate on the rule of law in the EU.
The interdisciplinary project actively involves renowned legal scholars, political scientists, historians, and representatives of civil society.
“RESILIO” is funded by Stiftung Mercator.
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