By Laurence Wilkinson
Fundamental freedoms underpin democracies, which means that the EU should be safeguarding fundamental rights across the Union. Indeed, strengthening the rights of individuals within the EU was the stated intention behind making the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (‘EU Charter’) legally binding on the EU institutions and national governments. However, two troubling decisions concerning the right to religious freedom handed down by the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) might well be seen as across the bow of the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECHR’) in Strasbourg.
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