European Institutions

  • UK Triggers Article 50 to Begin EU Exit

    March 29, 2017

    The UK initiated the process of leaving the EU through a letter delivered by British Permanent Representative to the EU Sir Tim Barrow notifying President of the European Council Donald Tusk of the country’s intention to leave the bloc within two years and to restore the country's "national self-determination."

  • CoE Body Issues Standards on Migrant Detention

    March 28, 2017

    The Council of Europe's (CoE) Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment has issued a "factsheet" of Europe-wide standards on acceptable practices in detaining "irregular migrants," stating that the automatic detention of migrants who have broken a country's immigration law violates European human rights provisions.

  • UK Signals Denial of EU Debt Obligations

    March 28, 2017

    Politico reports that UK Brexit minister David Jones has indicated the British Government will likely use as a "starting point" for its Brexit negotiations over budget obligations the EU claims the country owes to the bloc a House of Lords report disputing the responsibility of the UK for these liabilities.

  • ECtHR: Enhanced Prison Measures Violated Man's Rights

    March 28, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Poland violated the rights of a prisoner whom authorities placed in a "dangerous detainee" regime due to his violent behavior toward guards because the regime's strip search and shackling requirements constituted "inhuman or degrading treatment."

  • Czech Official: Free Movement May Break up EU

    March 28, 2017

    Reuters reports that Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek has asserted that the principle of unbridled free movement of workers across the EU is not acceptable to the people of Western and Central Europe and could be responsible for the future break-up of the bloc.

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