European Institutions

  • European Court Judge Expresses Concern over German CC Court Monetary Policy Pushback

    June 10, 2020

    Marc van der Woude, a Dutch jurist and judge at the General Court of the European Union has expressed his “deep concern” about a recent German Constitutional Court decision that a 2015 bond-buying program by the European Central Bank (ECB) would be illegal under German law, unless the ECB can provide adequate justification within the next three months. 

  • NordStream 2 Pipeline Dispute Intensifies

    June 10, 2020

    The ongoing dispute between the United States and Russia relating to the completion of the NordStream 2 natural gas pipeline has intensified, with German leaders having to navigate between the geopolitical concerns of the U.S., Poland, Ukraine, and Baltic countries and its own medium-term energy security.

  • CNN: ECB and Germany "Throw a Wall of Money" at the Coronavirus Recession

    June 09, 2020

    After Germany’s government approved a national €130 billion ($146 billion) stimulus package to kickstart its post-COVID-19 economy, the European Central Bank ("ECB") expressed its intention to expand its EU-wide bond-buying program, with a commitment to buy €1.35 trillion ($1.5 trillion) of bonds.

  • UK and EU Differ on Extradition Request Approval Process

    June 03, 2020

    British and EU negotiators are set to clash over the terms of a new extradition treaty, with the United Kingdom demanding that its judges have greater powers to refuse European Union extradition requests than that provided for under the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

  • EU Commission Proposes Economic Recovery Fund

    May 29, 2020

    EU Commission President Ursula bon der Leyen is proposing a €750 billion coronavirus economic recovery fund, consisting of borrowed money to be repaid over 30 years, which some critics view as a marked step toward the fiscal and political integration of Europe.

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