The four freedoms in the EU: Are they inseparable?
The four freedoms govern the movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU. Many citizens see them as the greatest achievement of the European unification project. Technically speaking, it is possible to separate the four freedoms, but does it make political sense?
This briefing, written by Anna auf dem Brinke, research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute – Berlin, looks at the crucial question whether the (technically possible) separation of the four freedoms would make any political sense and examines the consequences such a decision would bear.
In the publication series “Europa briefing”, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin cover key topics of European politics and present possible scenarios: What is the problem? What might happen next? And what can politics do now? You will find all the publications from the joint project here:? www.strengthentheeuro.eu