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The EU ought to impose economic pressure to prevent the spread of illiberalism in its member states

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Started: 8/22/2018 Category: Politics
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I argue that the EU should NOT implement economic pressure on member states because it would cause backlash from targeted states

For example: If the EU imposed sanctions on Poland to prevent it from becoming illiberal, The Polish people would feel their national sovereignty is being violated. From this, The support for Populist Illiberalism would grow.


"The European Union’s fundamental values are respect for human dignity and human rights, Freedom, Democracy, Equality and the rule of law. These values unite all the member states – no country that does not recognise these values can belong to the Union. "
- https://europarlamentti. Info/en/values-and-objectives/values/

Definition of Liberalism in the context of this debate (Liberalism is the opposite of Illiberalism):

"a political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, Parliamentary systems of government, Nonviolent modification of political, Social, Or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, And governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties. "
- https://www. Dictionary. Com/browse/liberalism

It would be a very simple level of comprehension to draw a parallel with Liberalism and the values and objectives of the EU if one realises that Illiberalism stands against democracy, Equality, Freedom and even at times human dignity and rights. The only core value of the EU that Illiberalism doesn't stand against is the respect of rule of law.

Now comes the big question; is it going to increase support of Illiberalism more so than respect for the EU sticking up for its values? I say no it won't. It would also be quite hypocritical for anyone who is against Liberalism to support the liberty of EU member-states to act against the rulings and core values of the organisation since this freedom would be Liberal by its very nature.
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