European Institutions

  • CoE Pushes Countries to End Child Migrant Detention

    October 20, 2017

    As the Council of Europe (CoE) seeks to pressure countries to adopt its Action Plan in Protecting Migrant and Refugee Children, the regional organization hosted a conference in Prague pushing governments to end the detention of migrant children and to search for alternatives to the practice.

  • ECtHR: Spanish "Collective Expulsion" Violated Rights

    October 20, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Spain violated the rights of two people attempting to enter its territory by "expelling" them - even if, as Spain argued, the migrants had not yet entered Spanish territory when they were apprehended - without permitting them any judicial or administrative remedy.

  • EU Supports Spanish Position on Catalan Referendum

    October 20, 2017

    Following the violent intervention of Spanish authorities against citizens attempting to vote in the recent Catalan independence referendum, the EU issued a brief statement calling the vote illegal and the response to the vote "an internal matter for Spain," while venturing that, beyond the legal issues involves, this is not the time for "divisiveness and fragmentation."

  • Johnson Highlights Brexit "Red Lines"

    October 20, 2017

    In a recent interview with The Sun, UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson set out what he considers to be "red lines" in the UK's Brexit negotiations with the EU - a transition period lasting no more than two years and refusal to recognize EU court rulings, pay for market access, and "shadow" EU rules after the transition period.

  • Former ECJ Judge Critiques EU Approach to Brexit

    October 19, 2017

    Former Belgian Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) Franklin Dehousse writes that the EU's decision to sequence Brexit negotiations with the UK so questions of financial obligations and citizens' rights come first is not legally required and warns that it "makes the negotiations more difficult by disconnecting connected topics."

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