European Institutions

  • Germany: Link EU Funding to Rule-of-Law Adherence

    May 31, 2017

    Politico reports that, concerned with the inability of EU institutions to discipline Poland over its ongoing constitutional conflict, a German position paper on EU budget rules seeks a way to withhold the bloc's "cohesion funds" for developing regions from countries that fail to uphold "fundamental principles of the rule of law.”

  • EU Parliament Chief Pushes UK on Citizens' Rights

    May 30, 2017

    The Guardian reports that European Parliament President Antonio Tajani insisted in a recent meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May that the UK must permit citizens of other EU member states living in the UK the same rights after Brexit, signaling the possibility that the Court of Justice of the EU could maintain jurisdiction over people based in British territory.

  • Academic: Founders Intended ECHR as "Living Instrument"

    May 26, 2017

    In a recent review of a book on the founding of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), Associate Professor Ed Bates of the University of Leicester indicates that countries that have signed up to the ECHR have agreed to be bound by a "living instrument" in which supranational human rights judges might discover new meanings over time.

  • ECtHR: Russia Violated Rights in 2004 School Siege

    May 26, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the government of Russia violated the human rights of the hundreds of hostages killed in its siege of a school in Beslan in 2004 and ordered Russia to pay three million euros to the families of the victims.

  • London Bankers Seek UK-EU Regulation Monitor

    May 26, 2017

    The City of London Corporation’s International Regulatory Strategy Group has called for the British government to negotiate a deal on maintaining "equivalence" between EU and UK financial regulations to permit UK banks to retain access to the EU market, including by creating a UK-EU "committee or forum" that monitors regulatory changes.

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