Maximilian Steinbeis - Seite 2

  • 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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  • Pushing Borders

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, In the UK, the electorate refuses to take the responsibility for the Brexit decision off the Tories' shoulders. In the US, Donald Trump gyrates towards impeachment, the outcome uncertain. In Spain, the Catalan referendum on October 1st will push the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis.

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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 ...

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  • 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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  • The Feedback Loop of Power

    It is almost touching how unbelievably German the AfD is behaving right now. In Turkey, Erdogan drives home his constitutional referendum with unrestrained use of power. In the United Kingdom, Theresa May proves her machiavellistic skills with her snap election announcement. In France, Marine Le Pen appears to have a realistic shot to reach the highest and most powerful office ...

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  • Dreaming of the User Republic

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, Heiko Maas, the German Federal Minister of Justice, has brought his much-maligned Hate Speech Act through the federal cabinet this week, and across the board pretty much everyone seems to agree: This is really awful. This is about entrusting Mark Zuckerberg with the democratically legitimized state institutions' job of enforcing the law. This is about censorship.

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  • Meinungsfreiheit und Gewalt

    Im letzten Sommer hat das Bundesverfassungsgericht in einer ganzen Serie von Kammerentscheidungen das Grundrecht auf Meinungsfreiheit entmoralisiert (siehe hier und hier). Nicht die in den jeweiligen Amts- und Landgerichten vorherrschende Vorstellung von gutem Benehmen ist der Maßstab, an dem sich entscheidet, was zu sagen einem verboten werden kann und was nicht, sondern der m ...

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  • The Outside Within

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, the point-blank attack by the Hungarian government on the Central European University (CEU) has sent a wave of shock and disbelief over the world, and Verfassungsblog is one of many to declare full-hearted solidarity with the beleaguered institution – not alone because CEU is a place of tremendous academic excellence and intellectual vigor, neither because of CE.

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  • Charging Bullies

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, this was a relatively quiet week here on the blog, very much unlike the world at large: In London, there was a new terrorist attack, in Germany there is a new President, and in the US there is most likely going to be a new Supreme Court Justice soon, tenured for life: Neil Gorsuch is his name, 49 years his age, and his job will be to help the Republicans bring d.

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  • Majority is a Legal Concept

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, The Dutch, as is well known, do not have a constitutional court. An old and well founded democracy, the Netherlands prefer to entrust constitutional questions to politics and not to judges. The majority is not allowed to do everything, particularly with respect to international human rights law, but what exactly it should be allowed to do is ul ...

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  • Geert-Victor LePynski, coming to your town too

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, Imagine 50 Members of German Parliament from the governing coalition file a motion at the Federal Constitutional Court to have the appointment of Supreme Court President Bettina Limperg, after a critical press interview, retroactively declared unconstitutional. Imagine further the Minister of Justice Heiko Maas file an equivalent motion to stri ...

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