European Institutions

  • UK Legal Memo Finds No Clear Mechanism to Exit EU Deal

    December 05, 2018

    According to a newly released legal memo advising the UK government on the implications of the deal it has struck with the EU over Brexit’s impacts on the Irish border, Britain risks joining a new union with the EU from which the terms of the deal contemplate no clear option for withdrawal.

  • ECtHR Approves German Prosecution of Man for Abortion Comments

    December 05, 2018

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held in September that Germany had not violated the right of an anti-abortion activist to freedom of expression by prosecuting him for accusing four doctors who performed abortions of having committed “aggravated murder,” finding a legitimate interest in preserving these doctors’ right to “private life.”

  • NGOs Call for EU “International Justice” Envoy

    December 05, 2018

    In September, a group of nongovernmental organizations including Human Rights Watch published a letter calling on EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Federica Mogherini to establish an EU Special Representative to advance European policy across the globe on international humanitarian law and “international justice.”

  • Eurostat Publishes Review of EU’s Progress on SDGs

    December 05, 2018

    In September, EU statistics agency Eurostat published a review of EU progress toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), finding that in areas such as education and health the EU is advancing toward the SDGs but that in “reduced inequalities” in terms of income the EU is failing.

  • EIB Launches Global “Green” Investment Program for Cities

    December 05, 2018

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) recently announced a partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to help ramp up investments supporting “green projects and programmes” in cities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to advance the UN’s Paris climate agreement.

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