Volume 52 (2015)

Volume 52 (2015) / Issue 1

Daniel Thym, 'The elusive limits of solidarity: Residence rights of and social benefits for economically inactive Union citizens' (2015) 52 Common Market Law Review, Issue 1, pp. 17–50


The free movement of persons is central to the legal and political identity  of the European project; it is the most important right attached to Union  citizenship and defines the self-perception of those holding the status.  Nevertheless, the precise legal standards for the delimitation of residence  and equal treatment rights often remained elusive, in particular with  regard to citizens with scarce resources. It will be demonstrated that  Union law and corresponding Court judgments (most recently Brey and  Dano) fluctuate between two visions of how to perceive EU citizenship  and the limits of transnational solidarity: one conception based on  territorial presence and another promoting social cohesion.

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