European Institutions

  • Hungary Considers Legal Challenge to EP Resolution

    September 19, 2018

    Politico reports that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced his government is considering a legal action in the Court of Justice of the EU to overturn a vote by the European Parliament (EP) calling for sanctions against Hungary over a “systemic threat” to the rule of law in the country.

  • ECJ Warns of Discrimination in Firing by Religious Hospital

    September 11, 2018

    Deutsche Welle reports that the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has pointed to “hidden discrimination” in the firing of a doctor by a Catholic German hospital due to the hospital’s finding that the doctor had violated his faith by remarrying, setting up a possible conflict between EU and German laws on religious employers.

  • EC Warns Against National-Level Brexit Talks

    September 05, 2018

    Politico reports that, after the European Commission’s (EC) chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier rejected the UK government’s latest proposal on post-Brexit relations, the EC has called on national officials not to engage in bilateral talks on “mini deals” with the UK as British officials seek leverage in averting a “no-deal” Brexit.

  • EU Ban on Halogen Bulbs Enters into Force

    September 05, 2018

    EcoWatch reports that an EU ban on the sale of halogen lightbulbs went into effect at the beginning of this month, as the supranational authorities push consumers toward purchasing more efficient, higher-priced LED bulbs as part of the bloc’s policies combating climate change.

  • UK Documents Outline Plans in Case of “No Deal” Brexit

    September 05, 2018

    The British government recently released a set of documents outlining how it plans to respond to a scenario in which UK officials are unable to strike a deal with the EU on a post-Brexit relationship by the time of the country’s withdrawal from the bloc in 2019, as talks over future trade and regulatory relations between the jurisdictions remain stalled.

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