European Institutions

  • ECtHR: Italy’s Life Imprisonment Regime Violated Man’s Rights

    June 19, 2019

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Italy violated a man’s right against inhuman or degrading treatment by sentencing him to life imprisonment with the possibility of early release contingent on his cooperation with judicial authorities against the organized crime syndicate with which he was involved.

  • EU National Ministers Advance Plan for Eurozone Budget

    June 14, 2019

    Reuters reports that national ministers of EU member states have agreed to key features of a eurozone budget that would become operational in 2021 to fund investments and reforms in countries that have adopted the euro, though some countries opposed the use of the budget to stabilize countries’ economies in the event of crises.

  • ECtHR: Greece Failed to Fulfill Duties Toward Migrating Minors

    June 13, 2019

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Greek authorities violated the rights of migrant minors from Afghanistan by detaining them in police stations, as such detention might have aroused “feelings of isolation from the outside world,” and by failing to alleviate the poor conditions of a migrant camp in which some of them lived.

  • Study Finds Need for Irish Border Customs Posts in Event of No-Deal Brexit

    June 13, 2019

    The BBC reports that a study commissioned by Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy asserts that Ireland will have to build customs inspection points closer to its border with Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit and floats the idea of “integrated logistics centres” that would streamline customs checks in the future.

  • CoE Body Warns of Rise in “Xenophobic Populism” in Politics

    June 12, 2019

    In its annual report, the Council of Europe’s (CoE) Commission against Racism and Intolerance spotlighted “xenophobic populism and racist hate speech” as growing dangers to the European political climate and praised countries for creating police units to enforce international anti-hate speech standards.

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