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European Ignorance or European Power Play? The Case for Roma Discrimination in France

Illing, Mareike U (2011) European Ignorance or European Power Play? The Case for Roma Discrimination in France.

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Abstract:The study at hand observes the European Union‟s reactions to human rights violations towards the Roma people by and within European member states. A case study of the French deportation of Roma towards Romania and Bulgaria in summer 2010 serves as specific example. The evacuation, dismantlement, and deportation practiced by the French authorities here are tested against the European Union‟s legal framework in order to illustrate in how far France does not adhere to these legal standards. Notably, the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TEU), the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and Directive 2004/58/EC, known as the free movement directive, are considered as dominant legal documents within the context. The breach of EU law that is under consideration constitutes mainly of the Roma‟s deportation. The next step is to compare the legal provisions to protect both human rights and ethnic minorities to the factual reactions by the EU institutions, the European Commission (EC) in particular. The main finding is that the EC does not act upon its legal provisions. It merely warns France instead of making the authorities accountable of the serious breach of human rights provisions. The explanation that is given for the EC‟s reservations to act convenes the political power relations of different European member states.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
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