Maximilian Steinbeis

  • It can happen here

    On Sunday, the SPD will hold its federal party convention, and then we will know whether Germany can expect to get a government capable of acting in the near future. For the time being, all we can do is wait and speculate about the future, about minority governments, about new elections, what the Federal President will do, what will become of Social Democracy, what of Germany, ...

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  • So much Love

    In the unsentimental world of constitutional law we rarely engage in romance. But I have to say, what is going on between the ECJ and the German Federal Constitutional Court is touching my heart. That old couple, together for ages. We love them both very dearly and their horrific periodical quarrels have been such a pain to watch, and every once in a while we even came close to ...

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  • Meet the Demogorgon

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, If you watch Netflix, you may have come across a very popular show called Stranger Things. It is about four boys in a small American town in the 80s who like to play Dungeons & Dragons in the basement until one of them, Will Byers, suddenly gets sucked into a foul counter-world which mirrors exactly the real one but is covered with blackish ...

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  • Article 7 and us

    It was Poland’s new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki himself, who delivered the news of what will hit him next week: if it is true what he says and the press reports, the EU Commission will launch a European constitutional emergency procedure against his country next Wednesday. For the first time in the history of the Union, it will propose according to Art.

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  • Finally a Horizon

    „Wir wollen die Vereinigten Staaten von Europa. Nous voulons les États-Unis d’Europe. We want the United States of Europe“: There he is at last, the ardent European Martin Schulz, making a commitment of considerable magnitude to get the European Union back on track as his party gets ready to enter another, yet diminished Grand Coalition to govern Germany for the next four years.

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  • Facing the Music

    Something is going seriously wrong with the media. Fake are the news and alternative the facts, as everyone seems to agree from left to right, one side accusing the other and vice-versa; hate is the speech and political the correctness, and who refers to one is blind to the other, trapped as we all are in our filter bubbles and echo chambers.

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  • Careful what you Wish for

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, While the world at large watched in horror how unfamiliarly and worryingly ineffective Germany appears these days when it comes to forming a stable government, some Germans, far from being shocked, seemed even almost elated. It was the perspective of a minority government that seemed to galvanize not a few Merkel-weary Germans – the idea of a ...

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  • Waiting for Jamaica

    209 days in the Netherlands. 541 days in Belgium. 344 days in Spain. If things go badly, the Federal Republic of Germany will soon join this record chart of protracted government formations, possibly on one of the front ranks. The exploratory talks between CDU, CSU, FDP and Greens, called for their black/yellow/green colours the "Jamaica" coalition, are still ongoing, but fro ...

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  • Tertium Datur

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, If you’re not right-wing, you’re left-wing. If you’re not white, you’re black. If you’re not a man, you’re a woman. Either this or that. Clear, hard, binary distinctions. The infinitely complex world is flickering with way too much variation for us feeble human beings to process, so we like to make it compliant to our needs of order and expec ...

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  • What I would like to ask the AfD

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, The AfD has noisily taken seat in the plenary of the newly constituted 19th German Bundestag. Her maiden speech in Parliament was yet another lament how unfairly they were treated, how they were vicitimized and marginalised and mistreated by a political establishment that betrays its own democratic standards and tries to withhold from her wha ...

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  • Schoolyard Bullies

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, I am exhausted and also a bit ill after this week of craziness, so please bear with me if this editorial is less elaborate than the last ones. Week of craziness? Catalonia, Austria, a new government forming in Germany – there is certainly more than enough going on to keep a Verfassungsblogger busy these days.

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  • Constitutional Courts in Decline

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, It is not yet clear how the poker game between Barcelona and Madrid will end, at least in the long run. But one party can already be identified as a loser: the Spanish Constitutional Court. No matter who you root for in this exceptionally confusing and dangerous conflict – the constitutional court in Madrid has already suffered a loss of author ...

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  • Die unmögliche Revolution, Teil 3: Eskalation

    Vor der Bank kauert ein Obdachloser. Schottische Unterstützer Flaggenverkäufer Unterstützer aus dem Baskenland demonstrieren mit. Die radikalere Truppe. Kurz nach diesem Schnappschuss kommt ein Demonstrant und befiehlt mir, den Fotoapparat wegzupacken. Ich habe es rechtzeitig zum Flughafen geschafft, wenngleich mit Mühe.

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  • Sozusagen ein Referendum: Bericht aus Barcelona, Teil 2

    Heute morgen habe ich mich mit Joan Vintró getroffen, einem freundlichen älteren Herrn und Verfassungsrechtsprofessor an der Universität von Barcelona. Vintró ist eines von sieben Mitgliedern einer Art "Wahlkommission" für das katalanische Unabhängigkeitsreferendum. Die Gänsefüßchen sind mit Bedacht gesetzt: Die eigentliche Wahlkommission war am 22.

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  • Die unmögliche Revolution: Bericht aus Barcelona, Teil 1

    "Ich habe ETA erlebt, ich habe Terrorismus erlebt", sagt Carmina, eine ältere Dame mit schwarzem Pelzkragen, mit der ich morgens auf der verregneten Plaça Reial ins Gespräch komme. "Heute geht das wieder los." Vor zehn Jahren hat sie einen Freund beim Terroranschlag in Madrid verloren; ihr steigen die Tränen in die Augen, als sie davon erzählt. Sie wird mit Nein stimmen.

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  • Where is the Pulse of Europe when it’s needed?

    Remember spring? When we danced across the squares of Germany, a few hundred at first, more and more every Sunday, the blue yellow-starred flag wrapped around our shoulders, singing our joyful hearts out celebrating the beautiful daughter of Elysium, and at the same time serious, even gloomy, because the Dutch were about to take to the polls, and later the French, and seemed to understand so m.

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  • The Party of the Extreme Normal

    On Sunday evening we will know how many of those far-right AfD politicians will be taking place in the next Bundestag. What we already know (or do we?) is that there will be some, and not a few of them. When things get bad, they might even become the third (or… second?) strongest party group. And once inside, they will not leave anytime soon most likely, even beyond the next four years.

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  • Macron or Juncker

    Commission President Juncker has delivered his State of the Union speech, proposing a whole list of reform and policy measures which are now being weighed and sorted and interpreted by the usual experts and, other than that, go by largely unnoticed. Even days before the national elections in the largest EU member state, the near-death experiences of the Euro and the refugee c ...

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  • Walking out on us

    Dear friends of Verfassungsblog, There has been a lot of walking out going on this week: German far-right leader Alice Weidel walked out of various talkshows and interviews, Hungary walked out of the circle of the EU member states who submit to the jurisdiction of the CJEU as a matter of course, and Catalonia walked out of its attachment to the Spanish constitution.

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