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    • The EU and the Catalan Crisis

      The events of the past week in Catalunya (and of the weeks that will follow) are very serious and worrying. Catalunya is a region of a Member State of the EU that has begun a unilateral process of independence, disregarding the Constitution, its Statute of Autonomy and the opposition of half of the Catalan population. It’s a remarkable challenge for Spanish democracy.

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    • The Catalan Self-Determination Referendum Act: A New Legal Order in Europe

      Following my blog post from July 18, I would like to bring the readers of Verfassungsblog up to speed on the ‘secessionist process’ in Catalonia. For this purpose, let me briefly recall that the Catalan Referendum Draft Bill, which was presented to the public on July 3, sets the date of the referendum to October 1, 2017 and requires the Parliament to declare the independence ...

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  • Is the European Parliament Missing its Constitutional Moment?

    … Over the years, step by step, the European Parliament has won a share of real constitutional power. At times, as in 1984 with the Spinelli Draft Treaty and in 2002-03 in the Convention on the Future of Europe, Parliament has had a decisive influence on the constitutive development of the European Union. At other times, MEPs have found it just…

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  • Demokratie als verfassungsfeindlicher Topos

    … Demokratie wird im Diskurs der Gegenwart von populistisch-autoritären Nationalisten gegen die Errungenschaften des offenen freiheitlich demokratischen Verfassungsstaats in Stellung gebracht. Wenn populistisch-autoritäre Nationalisten die Verletzung von Menschenrechten kritischer Journalisten, von Minderheiten oder Flüchtlingen rechtfertigen…

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  • One Law, Two Justices

    … in removing the effects of the crisis is to cure a breach of procedure with another breach of procedure. This will simply replicate the precedent, strengthening the effects of the crisis instead of weakening them. The conviction behind modern legal systems is that true justice can be achieved only by unconditionally complying with the requirements…

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  • A Stress Test for Europe’s Judiciaries

    … and constitutional safeguards for the judiciary have been introduced, yet their judiciaries suffer nonetheless from political interference. Other countries, especially in Western Europe, have only weak formal safeguards for judicial independence in their constitutions and statutes. Yet, many still enjoy independent judiciaries relatively free from…

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  • Is Poland’s President Duda on the Road to Damascus?

    … Polish President Duda’s veto of the government’s bills on the judiciary caught both the governing party and the opposition by surprise, and can indeed be seen as something of a miracle. The President’s consistent support for all of PiS’s previous assaults on the rule of law in Poland had not given much hope for his conversion, yet he found…

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  • Der Intransparenz-Balken im Auge des Europäischen Gerichtshofs

    … unmittelbaren Informationszugang spreche auch das in Art. 11 GRC verankerte Grundrecht der Informationsfreiheit. Dieses entspreche inhaltlich Art. 10 EMRK. Aus dieser Vorschrift leite der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte in seiner jüngeren Rechtsprechung ein Recht auf Zugang zu staatlicherseits verwalteten Informationen ab. So habe er etwa…

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