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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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Dear friends of Verfassungsblog, For a few years, we felt pretty good about ourselves here in Germany. We were trail-blazers, sort of. We were exemplary, even. We had our Federal Constitutional Court, initially belittled by many as scarlet-clad impostors sixty years back, but now wielding a long-established and largely uncontested authority in a vast range of legal questions, ...
"Wir sind das Bundesverfassungsgericht!" An diesen Spruch muss sich jede neue Richter_in gewöhnen, die im Karlsruher Schlossbezirk ihr Amt antritt. Das institutionelle Selbstbewusstsein ist habituell enorm, gepäppelt von jahrzehntelanger, geradezu kanonischer Verehrung der Bevölkerung und gestählt in vielen gewonnenen Konflikten mit verschiedenen Regierungsmehrheiten.
Dear friends of Verfassungsblog, The President of the United States is a crackpot. This diagnosis seems to be consensus in the part of the public sphere that I overlook after the baffling White House event this week generally called, for lack of a better word, “press conference”. Unhinged, insane, bat-shit crazy: many commentators, in their bewilderment, sought refuge in psych ...
Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, if one views the cases of Donald Trump, Theresa May and Jarosław Kaczyński in comparison, a pattern seems to emerge: All three of them, within weeks after taking power, found themselves enmeshed in legal battles over the scope of the constitutional restraints imposed on them.
Der Bundesrat will morgen in erster Lesung über einen Gesetzentwurf aus Niedersachsen und zwei Entschließungsanträge aus Rheinland-Pfalz und dem Saarland entscheiden, die alle den gleichen Gegenstand haben: der verfassungsfeindlichen, aber nicht -widrigen NPD die staatliche Parteienfinanzierung wegzunehmen. Über das Ziel dieser Vorstöße ist Konsens vermutlich schnell erzielt.
Es gehört zu den großen Perversionen des europäischen Flüchtlingsregimes, dass es die Flüchtlinge, die hier Schutz bekommen, quasi automatisch zu Rechtsbrechern macht. Man kann noch so akut von Tod und Folter bedroht sein – Asyl kann nur beantragen, wer sich bereits im Hoheitsgebiet eines EU-Mitgliedsstaats befindet.
Wiebke Fröhlich ist seit über einem Jahr als Redaktionsassistentin am Betrieb und an der Entwicklung des Verfassungsblogs an ganz zentraler Stelle beteiligt. Jetzt hat sie sich entschlossen, zu neuen Ufern aufzubrechen. Sie tritt eine Doktorandinnenstelle in Speyer an und kann daher nicht mehr für den Verfassungsblog redaktionell tätig sein.
Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, this has, once again, not been the happiest week for constitutionalists. Donald Trump’s barrage of executive orders had many of us gasping from shock and bewilderment, most of all the order to detain and, in some cases, deport citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries regardless of their right of residence in the US.
Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, all eyes have been on the UK Supreme Court this week as the "case of the century" in British constitutional law about Parliament’s right to have a say in exiting the European Union came to an end. While most commentators praised the result as a powerful reinforcement of Parliamentary sovereignty, MARK DAWSON begged to differ: "Something of a da ...
Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington is a spectral character from the Harry Potter saga whose distinguishing mark is that his head is disconnected to his body but for an inch of skin and sinew, due to his botched beheading back in 1492, which is why he went by the moniker "Nearly Headless Nick" ever since.