“A man without a vote is a man without protection”, according to Lyndon B. Johnson. About 3% of EU citizens live in a EU member state other than their own, according to Eurostat. A very simplistic Aristotelian syllogism at this point would lead to the conclusion that almost 3% of EU citizens live with only partial protection. Let us start off by saying that the fact that voting is one of the most important political rights individuals have is not an opinion but a matter of fact. It is enshrined in Art.1 of the Italian Constitution. It is enshrined in Art.38 of the German Grundgesetz. It is enshrined in the first three articles of the French Constitution.
Yet, it is not enshrined in daily life of EU citizens who decide or are forced to move to another member state. Continue reading