European Institutions

  • French, German Leaders Voice Tentative Support for EU Treaty Change

    July 25, 2017

    The Independent reports that, at their first meeting in Berlin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed their willingness to support EU treaty amendments that grant greater authority to the supranational entity to resolve policy issues - including, according to President Macron, through a "common asylum policy."

  • EU Paper: ECJ Must Enforce Brexit Agreement

    July 25, 2017

    Bloomberg reports that, in draft Brexit negotiating directives circulated by EU officials in May, EU institutions and national governments demanded that the EU and UK grant the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) a central role in enforcing the provisions of any post-Brexit deal, meaning that the ECJ would retain authority in Britain following its exit from the EU.

  • EU Permits Visa-free Travel for Ukrainians

    July 25, 2017

    The EU institutions recently adopted a proposal requiring EU member states to permit Ukrainian nationals to enter their territory for short periods without first obtaining a visa.

  • ECJ Official: Uber Is Subject to Transportation Regulations

    July 25, 2017

    Business Insider reports that Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) Advocate General Maciej Szpunar recently advised the ECJ that US technology giant Uber is a transportation company, rather than merely a digital service, and is therefore subject to often-strict rules regulating the provision of transportation services in EU member states.

  • Observer Questions Democratic Legitimacy of EU Integration

    July 24, 2017

    In a recent article, author Andrew Spannaus analyzes the history of attempts by EU and national officials to avoid the results of popular votes rejecting transfers of power to the supranational organization and questions the democratic legitimacy of the bloc's ultimate goal of becoming a "United States of Europe."

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