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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 ...

      Maximilian Steinbeis/ Verfassungsblog- 86 Leser -
    • Protecting Israeli Citizens against Discrimination in Germany?

      Last week, the district court of Frankfurt/Main issued a verdict that Kuwait Airways was allowed to refuse an Israeli citizen on its flight. The decision gained widespread international news coverage: Amidst concerns about rising antisemitism in Europe, many parts of the public were alarmed by what the mayor of Frankfurt described as anti-Semitic discriminatory practices that ...

      Verfassungsblog- 86 Leser -
    • 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 ...

      Maximilian Steinbeis/ Verfassungsblog- 86 Leser -
  • Careful what you Wish for

    … for what it doesn’t. It’s not that a minority government would be unstable – on the contrary, the chancellor could only be overthrown by a constructive majority for someone other than her as head of government, and unless that person materializes she stays in office day in, day out until the legislative term runs out, no matter how much or how…

    Maximilian Steinbeis/ Verfassungsblog- 14 Leser -
  • Provisional (And Extraordinary) Measures in the Name of the Rule of Law

    … considers the option of imposing penalty payments in interim relief procedures, a possibility that is only explicitly envisaged in Article 260 TFEU for the case of non-enforcement of judgments in infringement procedures. Quite effortlessly, the Court of Justice draws a parallelism between Article 260 TFEU and the general provision on interim relief…

    Verfassungsblog- 48 Leser -

  • A Constitution of Fear

    … exist. To these two imperfections one might add in the Polish context a zealous push to protect against the fake harms, dangers and imperfections that exist only in the paranoid minds of Polish constitution-makers. „A constitution of fear“ is not a one-off occurrence. Quite the contrary. It crowns the politics of resentment. It becomes its…

    Verfassungsblog- 41 Leser -
  • On Cockroaches and the Rule of Law

    … has not only imposed home rule in Catalonia, it has also jailed the former leaders of the Catalan government. Franco is back. Spain is not a country subject to the rule of law. Spain has political prisoners. Spain joins the ranks of Venezuela, Turkey and Zimbabwe. Spain is a democratic anomaly in the very heart of the European Union. Thus, I…

    Verfassungsblog- 52 Leser -
  • Still not a Dictatorship: Spanish Law and Judiciary in Times of Constitutional Crisis

    … ANC and Omnium to be released on conditional parole after 18 days of detention has been rejected. The scenario is terrible, also for those of us that believe that the only possible solution for this crisis is by political negotiation, and it could have been avoided. That being said – the assertion that Spain has turned into a repressive state or even…

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  • Seven Steps to Hell: the Catalan Conflict in Full Escalation Mode

    … We are having an unusually hot October in Barcelona. Maximum temperatures are rising to 25 degrees Celsius most days. But climate is not the only hot thing here in Spain at the moment. Every day things are getting worse, politically and socially. Before the intervention of President Puigdemont in the Catalan Parliament on Tuesday October 10th…

    Verfassungsblog- 63 Leser -
  • The Kurdistan Independence Referendum and Constitutional Self-Determination

    … Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) held a non-binding independence referendum on 25 September 2017. Voters were asked: ‘Do you want the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdistani areas outside the region’s administration to become an independent state?’ Voting occurred in Kirkuk and the Kurdish-controlled parts of other territories in northern…

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  • Schoolyard Bullies

    … of values) that fact is often neglected. Freedom of expression obliges the police, the judiciary, the legislator, but not some ordinary people who stand up and make use of their own freedom of expression, no matter how clamorous. Not only doesn’t it oblige the left, it entitles it. The Antifa has a right to do what she does (unless that is violence…

    Maximilian Steinbeis/ Verfassungsblog- 70 Leser -
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