Law & Justice

  • EP Committee Approves Ban on ‘Hate Speech’ in Online Videos

    April 26, 2017

    The European Parliament’s (EP) culture committee has approved a legislative proposal that could require online social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to remove video content deemed to contain “hate speech” that could offend viewers or encourage violence.

  • German Government Stops Sending Migrants Back to Hungary

    April 12, 2017

    The German government has announced that it will no longer send migrants back to Hungary after accusations that Hungary’s treatment of migrants is in violation of international and EU law.

  • EU Considers Ultimatum over Migrant Resettlement

    April 05, 2017

    The Times reports that, according to EU sources, leaders of the bloc's member states are planning to issue an ultimatum to Poland and Hungary to abide by EU policies mandating the resettlement of migrants within their territories or "get out of the EU."

  • ECJ Approves Student Visa Denial for Public Security

    April 05, 2017

    Politico reports that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled national governments “enjoy a wide discretion” in the visa approval process and may deny student visa requests based on “potential” public security threats.

  • EU Official Backs off Polish Sanction Threat

    March 30, 2017

    Faced with Polish resistance over the European Commission's demands under the EU Rule of Law Mechanism to resolve a conflict over the country's Constitutional Tribunal, Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans has signaled his body will not pursue sanctions under the Mechanism, as such a step would be "self-defeating."

  • EU Plans "Multi-Speed" Prosecutor's Office

    March 30, 2017

    EurActiv reports that EU leaders have bypassed concerns from countries that an EU Public Prosecutors' Office will become a centralized justice ministry that takes competences from EU member states by brokering an "enhanced cooperation" deal permitting EU members the choice whether to recognize the powers of this new EU prosecutorial body.

  • ECJ Permits Employer Bans on Religious Symbols

    March 30, 2017

    An outline of a recent Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) case by attorneys from the law firm Littler highlights the significant impact of the case, in which the ECJ ruled that employers may ban employees from wearing Islamic headscarves but only if they are implementing a "neutral" policy that applies to all religious symbols, on businesses throughout the EU.

  • EU Proposes Action Plan on Illicit Drugs

    March 30, 2017

    The European Commission has proposed a new EU Action Plan to combat the use of illicit drugs in the bloc, calling for enhanced EU capacities and legislation to counter drug demand and supply and to further international cooperation.

  • Austria Proposes EU Funding Cuts over Refugee Quotas

    March 20, 2017

    Prior to a recent EU summit, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern stated that he would discuss with other EU member states cutting the bloc's funding to countries such as Poland and Hungary if they fail to meet their EU-imposed quotas on the resettlement of of refugees within their territories.

  • UK Official Considers EU Arrest Warrant a "Priority"

    March 20, 2017

    In remarks to the UK House of Commons, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed that the British Government sees retention of access to the European Arrest Warrant, which permits EU governments to require other countries to arrest and send criminal suspects to their territory for trial, as a "priority" in upcoming Brexit negotiations.

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