Law & Justice

  • EU Advances Legal Process over Polish Judicial Changes

    September 21, 2017

    In the second step of legal proceedings asserting that a Polish law discriminates on the basis of sex in judicial retirement ages and gives the government too much discretion on the length of judicial terms, the European Commission has sent a "reasoned opinion" to Poland threatening to file a complaint in EU courts if the country fails to ditch its reforms within a month.

  • Merkel Criticizes Hungary for Refugee Ruling Response

    September 20, 2017

    Politico reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has slammed Hungary for declining to cooperate with a decision of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) rejecting the country's challenge to EU refugee resettlement policies, stating the leaders must consider potential consequences for Hungary's response to the ECJ decision at an EU Council meeting in October.

  • ECJ Rejects Challenge to Refugee Quotas

    September 19, 2017

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) recently rejected a legal challenge from the governments of Hungary and Slovakia against an EU policy requiring the countries to accept the resettlement of a share of asylum seekers in their territory, finding that the EU had the authority to impose the quota system.

  • Article Calls for More EU Pressure on Poland, Hungary

    September 15, 2017

    In a recent article for Carnegie Europe, former Austrian official Stefan Lehne calls on EU member states to join the EU institutions in placing pressure on Central European members Hungary and Poland to respect Western values, lamenting that a "sovereignty reflex" within some countries has been a "major constraint on the supranational oversight" of such principles.

  • Polish PM Rejects EU "Blackmail" over Refugees

    September 14, 2017

    In a recent interview, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło asserted that her government refused to be "blackmailed" by threats from EU institutions to cut off funding for Polish projects if it continues to reject the resettlement of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa in the country.

  • EU Official Describes Basis of Rule of Law Mechanism

    September 01, 2017

    In testimony before a European Parliament committee, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said he would discuss potential action on Polish legislation on the country's courts with the College of Commissioners and asserted that the EU must use its expansive Rule of Law Mechanism to ensure the correct application of EU law across the bloc.

  • Hungarian Official Demands EU Payment for Border Fences

    September 01, 2017

    EUobserver reports that the Hungarian Prime Minister's Chief of Staff Janos Lazar has demanded that the EU reimburse Hungary for half of the €800 million it has spent erecting barriers along its borders with Serbia and Croatia, asserting that the fences help keep illegal migrants out of the bloc.

  • EU Faces Dozens of Lawsuits over Spanish Bank Closure

    August 31, 2017

    Reuters reports that, in one of the largest legal challenges the supranational organization has faced, investors have filed 51 lawsuits against the EU in the bloc's General Court asserting that EU regulators violated the law by ordering the closure of Banco Popular in Spain and requiring the use of investor money to wind down the failing bank.

  • Poland Criticizes EU Intervention on Courts

    August 30, 2017

    Politico reports that, in response to a "Rule of Law Recommendation" in which the European Commission directed Poland to roll back recent changes to the country's judiciary, the Polish government has released a statement criticizing the intervention as politically motivated and asserting that the changes "are in line with European standards."

  • German Court Reserves Power to Sidestep ECJ

    August 25, 2017

    Bloomberg reports that, in a recent ruling on the authority of the European Central Bank to engage in certain bond-buying practices, the German Federal Constitutional Court reserved the power not to apply rulings of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) allowing EU institutions to "blatantly" overstep their mandates.

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