Maximilian Steinbeis

  • Doors Will Open on the Liberal-Hand Side

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, When will it finally be like it never was again? This current novel title comes to mind when I look at the current debate on the right-left balance at the German Federal Constitutional Court. That balance might be about to tilt, according to media reports and apparently the horrified perception in Karlsruhe itself.

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  • Thank God I am not like other People

    When I was at the movies the other day, I saw a commercial that left me agape with incredulity: A young woman enters a butcher’s shop with a dusty neon sign saying “Internet” above its door. The interior is filled with dim, yellowish light, the display of bulging sausages is abuzz with flies, and behind the counter stands a blond giant with wild hair and crazy eyes and a cleaver in the hand.

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  • The Deed, not the Doer

    “It’s all a matter of perspective,” said Poland’s new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki over and over again when CNN interviewed him last week about Poland’s refugee, EU and justice policies. All a matter of perspective. Everything can be seen in different ways, depending on your angle. We are as undogmatic, complexity-aware and pluralistic as any of those western intellectuals ...

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  • Project Waterproof

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, If, for a moment and to calm our nerves, we assume that another Grand Coalition in Germany is really on the way (which is not what I dream about at night, but, well, you know…): I’d have a proposal to make for the upcoming negotiations. After all, the exploratory talks so far haven’t yielded all that much to look forward to, with exception of the Europe chapter.

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  • It can happen here

    On Sunday, the SPD will hold its federal party convention, and then we will know whether Germany can expect to get a government capable of acting in the near future. For the time being, all we can do is wait and speculate about the future, about minority governments, about new elections, what the Federal President will do, what will become of Social Democracy, what of Germany, ...

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  • So much Love

    In the unsentimental world of constitutional law we rarely engage in romance. But I have to say, what is going on between the ECJ and the German Federal Constitutional Court is touching my heart. That old couple, together for ages. We love them both very dearly and their horrific periodical quarrels have been such a pain to watch, and every once in a while we even came close to ...

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  • Meet the Demogorgon

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, If you watch Netflix, you may have come across a very popular show called Stranger Things. It is about four boys in a small American town in the 80s who like to play Dungeons & Dragons in the basement until one of them, Will Byers, suddenly gets sucked into a foul counter-world which mirrors exactly the real one but is covered with blackish ...

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  • Article 7 and us

    It was Poland’s new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki himself, who delivered the news of what will hit him next week: if it is true what he says and the press reports, the EU Commission will launch a European constitutional emergency procedure against his country next Wednesday. For the first time in the history of the Union, it will propose according to Art.

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  • Finally a Horizon

    „Wir wollen die Vereinigten Staaten von Europa. Nous voulons les États-Unis d’Europe. We want the United States of Europe“: There he is at last, the ardent European Martin Schulz, making a commitment of considerable magnitude to get the European Union back on track as his party gets ready to enter another, yet diminished Grand Coalition to govern Germany for the next four years.

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  • Facing the Music

    Something is going seriously wrong with the media. Fake are the news and alternative the facts, as everyone seems to agree from left to right, one side accusing the other and vice-versa; hate is the speech and political the correctness, and who refers to one is blind to the other, trapped as we all are in our filter bubbles and echo chambers.

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  • Careful what you Wish for

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, While the world at large watched in horror how unfamiliarly and worryingly ineffective Germany appears these days when it comes to forming a stable government, some Germans, far from being shocked, seemed even almost elated. It was the perspective of a minority government that seemed to galvanize not a few Merkel-weary Germans – the idea of a ...

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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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • What I would like to ask the AfD

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, The AfD has noisily taken seat in the plenary of the newly constituted 19th German Bundestag. Her maiden speech in Parliament was yet another lament how unfairly they were treated, how they were vicitimized and marginalised and mistreated by a political establishment that betrays its own democratic standards and tries to withhold from her wha ...

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  • Schoolyard Bullies

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, I am exhausted and also a bit ill after this week of craziness, so please bear with me if this editorial is less elaborate than the last ones. Week of craziness? Catalonia, Austria, a new government forming in Germany – there is certainly more than enough going on to keep a Verfassungsblogger busy these days.

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  • Constitutional Courts in Decline

    Dear Friends of Verfassungsblog, It is not yet clear how the poker game between Barcelona and Madrid will end, at least in the long run. But one party can already be identified as a loser: the Spanish Constitutional Court. No matter who you root for in this exceptionally confusing and dangerous conflict – the constitutional court in Madrid has already suffered a loss of author ...

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  • Die unmögliche Revolution, Teil 3: Eskalation

    Vor der Bank kauert ein Obdachloser. Schottische Unterstützer Flaggenverkäufer Unterstützer aus dem Baskenland demonstrieren mit. Die radikalere Truppe. Kurz nach diesem Schnappschuss kommt ein Demonstrant und befiehlt mir, den Fotoapparat wegzupacken. Ich habe es rechtzeitig zum Flughafen geschafft, wenngleich mit Mühe.

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  • Sozusagen ein Referendum: Bericht aus Barcelona, Teil 2

    Heute morgen habe ich mich mit Joan Vintró getroffen, einem freundlichen älteren Herrn und Verfassungsrechtsprofessor an der Universität von Barcelona. Vintró ist eines von sieben Mitgliedern einer Art "Wahlkommission" für das katalanische Unabhängigkeitsreferendum. Die Gänsefüßchen sind mit Bedacht gesetzt: Die eigentliche Wahlkommission war am 22.

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  • Die unmögliche Revolution: Bericht aus Barcelona, Teil 1

    "Ich habe ETA erlebt, ich habe Terrorismus erlebt", sagt Carmina, eine ältere Dame mit schwarzem Pelzkragen, mit der ich morgens auf der verregneten Plaça Reial ins Gespräch komme. "Heute geht das wieder los." Vor zehn Jahren hat sie einen Freund beim Terroranschlag in Madrid verloren; ihr steigen die Tränen in die Augen, als sie davon erzählt. Sie wird mit Nein stimmen.

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