Maximilian Steinbeis

  • Beyond Dublin

    A week of reckoning for the ailing European asylum system – this was what many had expected last week to be. The ECJ would certify, in its judgments A.S. and Jafari, the blatant inadequacy of the Dublin system in the face of humanitarian crises, of migration flows of unprecedented proportions, of tens of thousands drowned, frozen, and murdered on the way – just as Advocate Ge ...

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  • Zäune bauen in Luxemburg

    Angela Merkel wird mit der heutigen Grundsatzentscheidung des Europäischen Gerichtshofs in Sachen Flüchtlingsschutz gut leben können. Ihr Entschluss im Sommer 2015, die Grenzen für die Flüchtlinge aus Ungarn zu öffnen, war mitnichten der "eklatante Rechtsbruch", den die CSU mit Sekundanz allerhand prominenter Verfassungsjuristen immer behauptet hatte.

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  • Not to play along

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, In Poland, there will soon perhaps still be independent judges, but no independent judiciary. Poland can no longer be regarded a trustworthy state under the rule of law. This finding is delivered and substantiated by TOMASZ KONCEWICZ, by MATEUSZ MAZZINI and by MARCIN MATCZAK in their respective posts on Verfassungsblog this week, and for thos ...

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  • Human Rights Under Pressure: International Law in Times of Crisis

    Human rights are under pressure – academically from the perspective of critical approaches, viewing them as a continuation of western power politics by other means. Politically and socially, human rights are a target for various populist movements that are hostile to its very ambition. But how do these developments impact on human rights law? How is the scholarship of human r ...

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  • Polish Courts are Our Courts

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is apparently still angry about the German comedian Jan Böhmermann and his notorious Schmähgedicht (poem of revilement). Last February, he managed to get the District Court of Hamburg to ban large parts of Böhmermann’s obscenity-laden jibe, but that did not suffice to placate the President’s wrath: He wants to have all pa ...

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  • The Non-Arsonist’s Guide to Constitutionalism

    Megaphone Chorus, G20 Protests at Hamburg, 2017/7/4, (c) Rasande Tyskar, CC BY NC 2.0 Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog This was a week we German constitutionalists will remember for a long time. Freedom of assembly was submitted to a breaking test in Hamburg, so were freedom of religion and of profession in Karlsruhe, and the adoption of same-sex marriage has triggered a fundam ...

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  • Merkel’s Conscience

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, It has happened, finally: 16 years after the Netherlands' pioneering move, Germany has joined the ranks of countries where same-sex couples can properly marry each other just like anyone else, the last European country north of the Alps and west of the former Iron Curtain (except for Northern Ireland) to do so.

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  • Die Ehe für Alle und die Stunde der Politik

    Wir werden die Ehe für alle beschließen. Diese Woche. — Martin Schulz (@MartinSchulz) 27. Juni 2017 Man reibt sich die Augen. Buchstäblich über Jahre hatte die SPD ihrem Koalitionspartner die Peinlichkeit ersparen geholfen, sich Argumente gegen die Öffnung der Ehe für alle einfallen lassen zu müssen.

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  • A Great Laugh

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, My highlight of the week was undoubtedly the "State Opening of Parliament" in Westminster. If you missed it, do watch it! That is, even in this year’s stripped-down version (obviously there was no time for the horse choreography, so the cavalry and the gilded Irish State Coach had to remain in the stable), constitutional theater at its finest.

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  • What Constitutions Endure

    Let us take a moment and remember how one year ago on this day our world looked like: Brexit? Wouldn’t happen, most of us firmly believed, with the fateful referendum days away. A putsch against Erdogan? No-one saw that coming. President Trump? Just a nightmarish fantasy then. Seemingly more realistic and even scarier, though: a President Le Pen (the name Macron was familiar ...

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  • The Hand on the Faucet

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, Cutting off the bad guys from their money supplies is a well-established policing strategy, but is it also the right way to sanction attacks on the rule of law and democracy? We have seen this question arise twice this week: First, the German neonazi party NPD, after being found anti- but not unconstitutional by the Federal Constitutional Court (don’t ask), is.

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  • Red Card for the Red Card

    Dear friends of Verfassungsblog, Red cards have been all over the place in recent times when it comes to the altercation between the right-wing populist AfD party and the German federal government. For readers unfamiliar with the popular pastime of football/soccer: when a particularly bad foul is committed by a player the referee will dismiss her from the game by showing her ...

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  • To Make a Commitment

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, One of the most vexing aspects of constitutional law is that it is so well suited to dogmatize political preferences. Gay marriage – or rather: marriage for all, as the French ingeniously put it – is an example. Even the most rigidly conservative parts of the political spectrum in Germany are hard pressed nowadays to come up with a halfway pr ...

  • Because they say so!

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog Was that a threat? In a large op-ed in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung this week (May 11, p.6, not online so far), the Speaker of the German Parliament Norbert Lammert made a rather blunt statement towards the Federal Constitutional Court, recommending the justices to apply some "smart restraint" unless they do not want to see the constitut ...

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  • My President, too

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, This might very well be the probably been the most momentous election night I will experience in my lifetime, and, praised be the lord, its result has turned out the way I and millions of others all over Europe have wished for, and by a generous margin, too! I was not entitled to vote, and yet this presidential election in France felt also mine in a way that I.

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  • Europe is not a Story

    The week ahead is perhaps the last in which we can still speak with some confidence of the European Union, as we know it, in the present-tense indicative. At its end we will know whether Marine Le Pen will rule in France, and if that happens, our talk about Europe will likely take on a sad past-tense tinge.

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