European Institutions

  • Volkswagen to Fund Exploration of “Roots of Populism”

    December 23, 2019

    With rising populism often portrayed as one of the most pressing challenges for the future of national and EU democracies, Volkswagen Foundation is funding research at five European universities that will "explore the roots of populism by examining political, economic and sociological factors."

  • European Court Upholds Lithuania's Expulsion of Russian Journalists

    December 23, 2019

    The European Court of Human Rights has held that Lithuanian authorities lawfully expelled four Russian journalists for their conduct at a Vilnius conference, as their aggressive behavior demonstrated that the measures had been necessary in the interests of national security and proportionate in scope.

  • ECJ Rules that Airbnb is an "Information Society Service," not a Real Estate Agency

    December 23, 2019

    After considering efforts by French authorities to classify Airbnb so that it would be subject to real estate licensing rules, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") has ruled that, under an EU directive governing electronic commerce, Airbnb must be classified as an “information society service,” not a real estate agent.

  • European Parliament Adopts "Plan B" In Case of OECD Failure on Digital Tax Governance

    December 23, 2019

    On December 18, the European Parliament advanced a resolution to adopt an EU standard to tax digital companies in case the OECD fails to find consensus on its global approach.

  • ECJ Holds Airline Responsible for Passenger Beverage Spills

    December 23, 2019

    The Court of Justice of the EU has ruled that airlines are liable for passenger accidents on board their aircraft, specifically the scalding a passenger received from a cup of coffee that slipped off a folding table.

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