The displacement of social Europe. The Spanish case

The economic crisis that has visited many European countries since 2008, and the austerity policies adopted in the framework of the new economic governance of the European Union, which emerged at the beginning of the second decade of the present century, it is throws into question the very existence of the Welfare State and with that the commitment to equality and the realization of social rights inherent to the European Social Model.

In this context, the paper focuses on, and seeks to analyze, the constitutional consequences of the economic crisis on the realisation of the social rights of citizens and the values of equality and solidarity in the European Unión. The investigation asks firstly, what remains of the European social model after the crisis and, on a more practical level, what effects have the decisions of the Spanish authorities throughout the crisis years had on social rights and solidarity.