European Institutions

  • ECtHR backs Mandatory Pre-School Vaccination

    April 14, 2021

    For the first time first time, The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled on compulsory vaccination against childhood disease and has backed the Czech Republic in its requirement for mandatory pre-school vaccinations, finding that while the Czech policy interfered with the right to a private life, there was a need to protect public health.

  • The Istanbul Convention Ignites Europe’s Cultural Wars

    April 12, 2021

    Politico reports that after nearly ten years, the Istanbul Convention, which was intended to « protect women against all forms of violence » and was signed by the 45 Council of Europe member countries, is today causing division as Eastern and Western Europe enter a culture war concerning the definition of gender.

  • French President Macron Closes ENA

    April 12, 2021

    President Macron has announced the closure of the highly selective French National School of Administration (ENA), which has trained the country’s ruling class since 1945, in hope’s of reforming top civil servants’ recruitment and training.

  • Politico: European Sovereignty has Lost Macron

    April 12, 2021

    Politico reports that since his election in 2017, Emmanuel Macron has been a champion of the concept of “European sovereignty” but recently the French President has signaled in speeches and interviews that national sovereignty and national politics are growing in the EU and are here to stay.

  • French GDPR Ruling Addresses US Surveillance Powers

    April 07, 2021

    Addressing a recent claim that the vaccination program scheduling site held security risks for patient data, the Conseil d’État ruled that organizations can deploy legal and technical safeguards to meet their obligations under EU data protection law when seeking to prevent US authorities from accessing personal data stored with their outsourcing providers.

     

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