Democracy Impacts

  • University of Sheffield Mandates Climate Change Curriculum

    September 26, 2019

    Under a new initiative at the UK's University of Sheffield, every student will be forced to attend compulsory lectures on climate change, with classes on sustainable development being placed in the curriculum of every degree.

  • ECJ Rejects EU Request to Expand "Right to be Forgotten" Protections

    September 24, 2019

    In a major victory for Google, the Court of Justice for the European Union has ruled that "right to be forgotten" online does not extend beyond the borders of the European Union, meaning that Internet search engines face no obligation to honor requests from outside the 28-country zone to delete embarrassing or outdated information.

  • Reno: "Transnational Utopianism" Threatens Transatlantic Alliance

    September 11, 2019

    R. R. Reno, editor of First Things, explains how "transnational utopianism encourages the illusion that a global system is emerging that will make national sovereignty obsolete," as it "detaches elites from the life of their nations" and seeks to produce "citizens of the world rather than national leaders."

  • Macron Promotes “European Renaissance” Agenda in Central and Eastern Europe

    August 21, 2019

    Politico.eu reports that French President Emmanuel Macron is promoting his European Renaissance agenda among liberal leaders in Central and Eastern Europe, which “consists of greater EU integration, a beef-up common defense and security policy and stronger EU presence on the international stage” and embraces “young, educated, urban, socially liberal EU enthusiasts.” 

  • German Court Upholds ECB Supervision Authority

    July 30, 2019

    Deutsche Welle reports that the German Federal Constitutional Court has ruled that the authorities granted to the European Central Bank (ECB) to supervise large banks and administer a fund for failing financial institutions comply with EU treaties and with the German Constitution.

  • EU Officials Reject Johnson’s Demands for New Brexit Deal

    July 26, 2019

    Bloomberg reports that EU officials, including the European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, have refused to accept demands from new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to renegotiate the Brexit deal to take out the controversial “Irish backstop” provision.

  • EU Members Advance Refugee “Solidarity Mechanism”

    July 23, 2019

    Deutsche Welle reports that 14 EU member states have agreed in principle to a “solidarity mechanism” that would distribute refugees evenly across countries in a “quick” and “automatic” fashion.

  • French Official Expresses “Ambition” to Form European Army

    July 18, 2019

    Bloomberg reports that French Defense Minister Florence Parly stated in a recent interview that the government’s “ambition” is to create a European Army that pools national efforts related to military procurement and operations.

  • EU Council Rolls out Budget Plans in Case of No-Deal Brexit

    July 17, 2019

    The Council of the EU has adopted a contingency plan for the funding of a 2019 EU budget in case the UK leaves the bloc without a withdrawal deal, supplementing extensive planning by British and EU authorities to blunt the economic and other impacts of a “no-deal Brexit.”

  • ECJ Develops Standard for State Notifications to Commission

    July 17, 2019

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has interpreted EU treaties to require the bloc’s member states to provide “sufficiently clear and precise information” describing to European Commission authorities how they are transposing into their national law directives imposed on them by the EU institutions.

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