It is important to point out that there is some differences between the values of the European Union as they are perceived by the citizens, as they are asserted in the treaties and by the jurisprudence, and finally as they might be concretely derived from the functioning of the EU. From this last point of view, the Greek crisis in the Eurozone indicates that, behind the declarations and mission statements, there is today a relative uncertainty regarding the kind of values that the European Union, which has developed along an economic axis, is supposed to put into effect. This article examines namely the consequences of the Greek crisis on EU values, like human dignity, democracy, freedom and equality. It shows that there is, inside the Union, a certain variety of understandings of these values.
European values, crisis, Greece, ethos, politics