Law & Justice

  • Official: Greek Debt "Haircut" Means Leaving Euro

    February 21, 2017

    Bloomberg reports that, as Greek, EU, and International Monetary Fund officials approach another potential standoff over Greece's debt, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has asserted that any reduction of Greece's debt obligations would violate EU treaty rules and must result in Greece departing the euro currency.

  • EU Leaders Eye Alternative Rule of Law Mechanism

    February 15, 2017

    Politico reports that, as EU officials find it difficult to threaten the Polish Government over its conflict with the country's Constitutional Court, some leaders are considering taking up a proposal from Belgium requiring the European Commission to investigate "rule of law" concerns in each EU country as part of a periodic review process.

  • ECJ Chief Predicts Case over Brexit Deal

    February 15, 2017

    The Independent reports that President of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) Koen Lenaerts has speculated that aspects of Britain's trade deal with the EU following its exit from the bloc will likely end up in proceedings before the ECJ.

  • ECJ: ECB Is Not Liable for Greek Debt Losses

    January 26, 2017

    Finding that commercial banks cannot rely on "the principle of legal certainty" in the area of monetary policy, the Court of Justice of the EU has dismissed a complaint from financial institutions alleging that their losses from the restructuring of Greek debt violated EU law.

  • Barrister Identifies Cases of "Judicial Activism" at ECJ

    January 17, 2017

    In a recent debate as part of the think tank Policy Exchange's Judicial Power Project, British barrister Anthony Speaight QC identifies several cases in which he argues that the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) engaged in "judicial activism" by prioritizing its members' own policy goals over the plain meaning of the law.

  • EU Centralizes, Expands Data Protection Policy

    January 16, 2017

    As part of its efforts to "complete the EU data protection framework," the European Commission has proposed legislation centralizing the formation of data protection policy at the EU level, banning all unsolicited electronic communications, and expanding the application of EU privacy rules to nontraditional electronic communications providers, such as Skype and Gmail.

  • UK Considers US-Style Deal with Europol

    January 13, 2017

    The Sun reports that British Prime Minister Theresa May is exploring the negotiation of a data-sharing deal with the EU law enforcement agency Europol based on the model of the agency's agreement with the US to maintain law enforcement links with the EU following Brexit.

  • EU Adds to Recommendations on Polish Conflict

    January 04, 2017

    European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans has announced that he will give the Polish government additional time to improve the country's "rule of law" situation, created by a conflict between the government and the country's Constitutional Tribunal, as the Commission delivers more recommendations on how to resolve the national dispute.

  • EU Deal Restricts Access to Firearms

    January 04, 2017

    Reuters reports that a deal recently agreed among the EU institutions will restrict access of Europeans to high-caliber firearms and will seek to facilitate the tracking of guns to prevent their entry into the black market.

  • EU Official Seeks New Action on Polish Court Conflict

    December 30, 2016

    European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans has pledged renewed action regarding recent policies from the Polish government on the country's Constitutional Tribunal that he says "threaten to deepen the rule of law crisis in Poland."

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