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  • ECJ Blasts Hungary Over Anti-Migrant Law

    November 16, 2021

    Following Hungary’s 2018 legislation making it a criminal offense for organizations and individuals to aid immigrants and refugees apply for asylum, The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that Hungary broke EU rules.

  • European Committee of Social Rights Publishes Guide for Cooperation with NHRIs and NEBs

    October 27, 2021

    The European Committee of Social Rights, the Council of Europe's (COE) committee for monitoring the implementation of the European Social Charter, has published a guide that explains how the Committee and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and National Equality Bodies (NEBs) can cooperate in promoting the Charter rights in COE member states.

  • Kalnoky: EU Emphasizes Power over Values in Row with Poland

    October 27, 2021

    In an opinion piece published in DW, Hungarian commentator Boris Kalnoky opines that the struggle between EU officials and the Poland Law and Justice Party is less about the rule of law than it is about the fundamental nature of power relations between the EU and national governments.

  • ECtHR Rejects Turkey's Attempt to Prohibit Criticism of President

    October 20, 2021

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has concluded that Turkey's conviction of Vedat Şorli for "insulting the President" with a photo and cartoon posted to Facebook violated his right to freedom of expression.

  • EU Alleges Russia's Involvement in 'Malicious' Cyber Activities

    October 06, 2021

    Josep Borell, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has accused Russia of recent hacking efforts directed toward multiple EU member states.

  • French Candidate Barnier Calls for Legal Sovereignty for France

    September 10, 2021

    Michel Barnier, former Brexit chief negotiator for the EU and potential candidate for next year’s French presidential election, reportedly called for "a referendum on the question of immigration" saying France must regain its "legal sovereignty in order to no longer be subject to the judgments" of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.

  • EU to Seek Daily fines Against Poland over Dispute

    September 08, 2021

    As the long running dispute continues between the European Union and Poland over Poland's judicial system, the European Commission moved this week to force Poland to comply with the rulings of the European Court of Justice or face daily fines.

  • Ukraine Foreign Minister Pushes for EU Membership

    August 25, 2021

    As Ukraine celebrated 30 years of independence from the Soviet Union, and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba made an appeal to the EU calling the bloc to reach out to its Eastern neighbors to create a more dynamic and competitive Union.

  • Mortimor: Macron’s Vaccine Passport Uniting Political Opposites

    August 04, 2021

    Historian Gavin Mortimer writes in The Spectator, that according to the french government, a quarter of a million people took to the streets in 180 demonstrations in the third weekend of protests against President Macron’s vaccine passport set to be implemented August 9, uniting people from various backgrounds and political parties, including the Anti Fascists and Nationalists.

  • Poland’s PM Wants Accord with EU on Law and Judiciary

    August 04, 2021

    Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, in an interview for the pro-government Republika TV, stated that his government appreciates EU membership and needs to smooth out relations with Brussels, adding he wants to reach “some kind of accord” with the European Union amid a standoff over the way Poland’s government has sought to discipline judges and other judicial changes.

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