European Institutions

  • FRA Expresses Concern on Migrant "Pushbacks," Returns

    August 14, 2017

    In its latest monthly report on migrant-related human rights issues, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has expressed concern regarding policies among EU member states on either pushing back unauthorized migrants attempting to enter their territory or returning migrants from their territory to countries the FRA deems "unstable."

  • ECtHR: Lawyer Communication Restriction Violated Rights

    August 14, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that restrictions by the Netherlands on communications revealing classified information between a criminal defendant accused of leaking state secrets and the lawyer defending him hindered the lawyer from providing an effective defense, violating the defendant's right to give information to counsel.

  • ECtHR: Halving Disability Benefits Violated Property Rights

    August 14, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the Hungarian government violated a woman's right to her possessions by reducing her disability benefit by half as part of a national change in the methodology for the assessment of a disability, which the ECtHR asserted imposed an "excessive individual burden" on the woman.

  • Moody's: "No Deal" Brexit Risks UK Credit Rating

    August 14, 2017

    Business Insider reports that Moody's has published a report warning that if the UK and EU do not reach an agreement on a future trade deal prior to the UK's exit from the bloc, the credit-rating agency could downgrade Britain's sovereign credit rating.

  • US Reportedly Intervenes in EU-Apple Tax Case

    August 14, 2017

    The Daily Express reports that the US federal government has filed a request with an EU court to intervene in support of technology giant Apple in an EU legal proceeding alleging that Apple's tax rate in Ireland constituted unlawful state aid and demanding that, as a result, the company pay Ireland nearly $15 billion in back taxes.

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