Verfassungsblog - Artikel vom Juni 2016

  • ICON*S Conference 2016 in Berlin: Livestream on Verfassungsblog

    Starting tomorrow, Berlin will be teeming with constitutionalists from all over the world for three days. The ICON*S conference, now in its third year and already established as one of the focus points of academic constitutionalist debate, will be hosted by Humboldt University this year. It is our honor to broadcast several of the highlights of this conference, including a pa ...

    Maximilian Steinbeis/ Verfassungsblog- 29 Leser -
  • A Tale of Two Exits: Scotland and Brexit

    Straight answers to straight questions: lessons from the Scottish referendum 1. In December 2014 I wrote a blog post entitled A tale of two referendums. The piece was written in the light of the September 2014 Scottish independence referendum and the year-long campaign which had preceded it. That experience had left me very sceptical about the wisdom and utility of referendums a ...

    Verfassungsblog- 75 Leser -
  • An Ideal, not a Place: A Euro-Critic’s Case for the UK Remaining in the EU

    Order in chaos Even as it is wholly ill-informed, the Brexit debate is dominated by a battle for facts. In the one corner, those determined to catapult the UK out of the Union have been evermore inventive (mendacious) in their pursuit of figures that ‘demonstrate’ the unbearable strains of integration upon the UK population / Exchequer.

    Verfassungsblog- 63 Leser -
  • A European Future for Scotland?

    The fact that Scotland voted with 62% for the UK to remain a member of the EU whereas the majority of the overall UK electorate opted to leave the EU, raises important political and legal questions. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Friday that she intended ‘to take all possible steps and explore all options to […] to secure our continuing place in the EU ...

    Tobias Lock/ Verfassungsblog- 78 Leser -
  • Conditionality through the lens of the CJEU: a “blurry” view

    From the very beginning of the Eurozone crisis, conditionality progressively entered into the vocabulary and the normative sphere of the EU economic governance. At the time of the first assistance package to Greece, conditionality was just an emergency tool set in the bilateral Loan Agreements, signed by Greece and other Members States.

    Verfassungsblog- 55 Leser -
  • A Citizens‘ Attempt to Solve the Polish Constitutional Crisis

    Responding to severe criticism, from inside and outside of Poland, concerning the disempowerment of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal (see, for example here, here and here on this blog), the governing „Law and Justice“ Party (PiS) is currently working on a new law on the Constitutional Tribunal.

    Verfassungsblog- 54 Leser -
  • Über Antisemiten, und wen man als solchen bezeichnen darf

    Das muss man doch sagen dürfen: Spätestens wenn dieser Satz fällt, ist in Diskussionen über Israel in der Regel das Ende des Erkenntnisfortschritts erreicht. Geäußert wird er zumeist im Anschluss an Äußerungen, die israelische Regierungspolitik und/oder Staatsräson kritisieren. Als bedürften solche Äußerungen gleichsam Geleitschutz.

    Maximilian Steinbeis/ Verfassungsblog- 143 Leser -
  • The Hungarian Constitutional Court’s case with the ECHR: an ambivalent relationship

    Hungary was the first country in the post-Soviet bloc that joined the Council of Europe and ratified the European Convention on Human Rights (Convention/ECHR) and this remains a matter of national pride. While the Convention is perceived as a yardstick in human rights protection that may not be circumvented, still lively debate surrounds the authority of the case-law of Europ ...

    Verfassungsblog- 23 Leser -
  • Sovereign and misinformed: Brexit as an exercise in democracy

    One major point of discussion in the aftermath of the British vote to leave the European Union is whether the referendum constitutes a powerful example of what democracy is all about. While leave supporters, euro-sceptics in other EU member states, xenophobic US presidential candidates, and many political commentators agree that this is indeed the case, some voices, particula ...

    Verfassungsblog- 68 Leser -
  • Brexit and Citizenship

    What are the likely consequences of Brexit for the status and rights of British citizenship? Can the fact that every British national is an EU citizen mitigate the possible negative consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the plane of the rights enjoyed by the citizens of the UK? These questions are not purely hypothetical, as the referendum on June 23 can potentially mark one of th.

    Dimitry Kochenov/ Verfassungsblog- 80 Leser -
  • Polish Judiciary and Constitutional Fidelity: beyond the institutional “Great Yes”?

    We, the Polish Nation – all citizens of the Republic, Both those who believe in God as the source of truth, justice, good and beauty, As well as those not sharing such faith but respecting those universal values as arising from other sources Equal in rights and obligations towards the common good – Poland […] Obliged to bequeath to future generations all that is valuable from our over one .

    Verfassungsblog- 77 Leser -
  • Brexit, Identity, and the Rise of the Euro-Celts

    Whatever the result of the referendum on Europe’s Schicksalstag on 23 June, two striking features of Brexit discourse will keep haunting the United Kingdom and Europe at large. Firstly, even if a Brexit is narrowly avoided, fierce, categorical Euroscepticism will remain strong. Support for ending the United Kingdom’s EU membership, having joined the bloc together with Ireland ...

    Joris Larik/ Verfassungsblog- 34 Leser -
  • Chronos and Kairos of Constitutionalism – The Polish case

    Τοῖς πᾶσι χρόνος καὶ καιρὸς τῷ παντὶ πράγματι ὑπὸ τὸν οὐρανόν.[1] This Septuagint translation of a verse from the book of Ecclesiastes points to a fundamental distinction regarding the transience – the distinction between chronos (time) and kairos (a right moment). Time is everlasting and consists of singular kairoi. Kairos, being its constitutive part, should not defy the structure of time.

    Verfassungsblog- 35 Leser -
  • Populists chairing the European Commission and Parliament

    No, the title of this post does not refer to a dystopia to come after the next European elections in 2019. It refers to the two presidents of today – Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz. Now why can they be seen as populists in some plausible way? In my view, this is because of the way in which they see politics and the role of the “people” in it.

    Verfassungsblog- 30 Leser -
  • The European Union and the Erosion of State Capacity

    The broad assumption in Europe is that member states of the European Union inherently have the capacity to implement EU legislation. This proceeds from the general understanding of Weber’s definition of the modern state as having a monopoly of legal violence within its territory. To this can be added the capacity of the state to “read” the population, to know through censuses ...

    Verfassungsblog- 23 Leser -
  • Der BGH und Pechstein: Transnationaler Konstitutionalismus sieht anders aus

    Das Urteil des BGH in der causa Pechstein wurde mit Spannung erwartet. Zur Entscheidung stand, ob eine Schiedsvereinbarung, die die ausschließliche Zuständigkeit des Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne festlegt, vor deutschen Gerichten Bestand hat. Würde der BGH die deutsche Ziviljustiz als Konkurrent zum CAS ins Spiel bringen? Oder würde er die Klage, die die Ei ...

    Verfassungsblog- 97 Leser -
  • Time to Overcome TTIP’s Many Informational Asymmetries

    Over the centuries, the negotiation of international agreements, in particular trade agreements, has traditionally remained highly confidential and sheltered from public attention. Up until today, parties to these agreements typically invoke confidentiality so as to preserve tactical decisions and build mutual trust.

    Alberto Alemanno/ Verfassungsblog- 33 Leser -
  • The Pechstein case: Transnational constitutionalism in inaction at the Bundesgerichtshof

    A few months ago, I wrote a piece on this blog entitled ‘The Pechstein case: Transnational constitutionalism in action at the Bundesgerichtshof’, in which I argued that the Pechstein case, then pending in front of the BGH, should be understood as a transnational constitutional matter. Johanna Croon-Gestefeld already picked up on my blog, to argue that Tuesday’s decision of th ...

    Verfassungsblog- 32 Leser -
  • Staunenswertes aus Karlsruhe: zum OMT-Urteil des BVerfG

    Das wäre geschafft. Mit dem heute verkündeten Urteil zum OMT-Programm der Europäischen Zentralbank ist das vorläufig letzte Kapitel der vielbändigen Eurokrisen-Verfassungssaga geschrieben. Und wer erwartet hatte, dass Karlsruhe zwei Tage, bevor dies das Vereinigte Königreich womöglich tut, den europapolitischen Weltuntergangsknopf drücken würde, der sieht sich enttäuscht: Der ...

    Maximilian Steinbeis/ Verfassungsblog- 97 Leser -
  • Gehen oder bleiben? Der Gesetzgeber kann sich nicht entscheiden

    Viele kommen, viele sollen bleiben (aber nicht alle) und sind frühzeitig zu integrieren, manche sollen gehen, werden aber dennoch bleiben. Im Angesicht dessen, was man ‚Flüchtlingskrise‘ zu nennen pflegt, hat der Gesetzgeber in den vergangenen zwölf Monaten an zahlreichen Stellschrauben gedreht und unterschiedliche Signale zu versenden versucht.

    Verfassungsblog- 74 Leser -
  • Five Questions on Brexit to JO SHAW

    1. What were your thoughts when you first heard of the result of the referendum this morning? I was watching the TV last night when the first two results were declared (Sunderland and Newcastle) and these immediately triggered concerns that never went away about Remain underperformance. I was pretty much awake all night following it on twitter, and sleep was an impossibility.

    Verfassungsblog- 122 Leser -
  • „Wir sollten sagen: Wer nicht will, der hat schon“

    Die jüngsten Umfragen zu Brexit sehen das Lager derer, die für einen Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU stimmen wollen, jetzt doch teilweise vorne. In UK wird sehr leidenschaftlich diskutiert, was ein Austritt für das Land bedeuten würde – aber was er umgekehrt für Kontinentaleuropa bedeuten würde, wird hier viel weniger intensiv diskutiert.

    Christoph Möllers/ Verfassungsblog- 91 Leser -
  • Five Questions on Brexit to NTINA TZOUVALA

    1. What were your thoughts when you first heard of the result of the referendum this morning? Being a migrant from the EU (and especially from a country of the European South, Greece) in a county that voted solidly for Leave (Durham – 57,5% Leave), my first reaction was to feel unwanted and rejected.

    Verfassungsblog- 64 Leser -
  • The Brexit Vote: The Wrong Question for Britain and Europe

    1. A Divisive Decision Referendums are supposed to provide decisive interventions in the affairs of state. They are designed to produce clear ‘yes or no’ answers to large political questions. And as these answers also come with a rare level of popular endorsement, this should facilitate their effective and timely implementation. That, at least, is the theory.

    Neil Walker/ Verfassungsblog- 80 Leser -
  • Five Questions on Brexit to GERTRUDE LÜBBE-WOLFF

    What were your thoughts when you first heard of the result of the referendum this morning? If that decision is not reversed, the EU will loose one of only 12 member states where perceivved corruption is closer to the level of Denmark than to the level of China. It will lose a member whose realism is badly needed in the Union – a member which, for instance, had enough commo ...

    Verfassungsblog- 66 Leser -
  • Keine Ratifikation des CETA ohne den Deutschen Bundestag – so oder so …

    Die Ankündigung Jean-Claude Junckers, das Freihandelsabkommen CETA (Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement) als Abkommen in alleiniger Kompetenz der EU und nicht als so genanntes gemischtes Abkommen in den EU-Ministerrat einzubringen ist – wie zu erwarten war – auf teils heftige Kritik gestoßen („unverantwortlich“, „töricht“, „frivol“, oder auch hier).

    Verfassungsblog- 93 Leser -
  • Transformation of EU Constitutionalism

    The EU constitutionalism has been transformed. For the worse. The causes for that are well known. They are the sum of consecutive, unresolved financial, economic, political, humanitarian and security crises. This post is not interested into causal relationship between the crises. It centers instead on their aggregate negative outcome and the possible way ahead.

    Matej Avbelj/ Verfassungsblog- 41 Leser -
  • Russland, der EGMR und das Wahlrecht für Strafgefangene

    Einen Staat zu verpflichten, Strafgefangenen das Wahlrecht zu gewähren, verletzt dessen Recht auf Souveränität. Mit diesem Argument hat am 19. April das Verfassungsgericht der Russischen Föderation beschlossen, dass das Urteil des Europäischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte in der Sache Anchugov und Gladkov gegen Russland nicht vollstreckbar ist.

    Verfassungsblog- 112 Leser -
  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation: Powerful Tool for Data Subjects?

    Against All Odds – The Adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation Two months ago, the European Parliament and the Council have enacted the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as the result of a 4 years running legislative procedure. For a long time, it was uncertain whether the regulation could be passed at all: Not only has there been considerable opp ...

    Verfassungsblog- 29 Leser -
  • Supranationale Demokratie als Demokratieflucht: Die Kommission im Freihandelsmodus

    Die Europäische Kommission spielt in der auswärtigen Handelspolitik, speziell in den laufenden Freihandelsverhandlungen, seit einiger Zeit „Bäumchen wechsle dich“. Dazu ein kurzer Rück- und Überblick: Der EuGH wird bald im Gutachtenverfahren darüber entscheiden, ob die Union das Freihandelsabkommen mit Singapur allein, d.h. ohne Beteiligung der nationalen Parlamente abschließen kann.

    Verfassungsblog- 48 Leser -
  • Für eine Verfassungskrise gibt es keine politische Lösung

    Seit mehr als einem halben Jahr müht sich die EU-Kommission jetzt damit ab, die polnische Regierung wieder auf den Pfad der rechtsstaatlichen Tugend zurückzuführen. Sie schreibt Briefe, führt Gespräche, setzt Fristen. Mal gibt es zarte Zeichen der Annäherung, aber die halten nie lange. Kommissionsvize Frans Timmermans macht uns glauben, er befinde sich mit Polens Regierung „in ...

    Maximilian Steinbeis/ Verfassungsblog- 94 Leser -


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