European Institutions

  • Landmark EU Budget Deal Could Create Long-term Disputes

    July 22, 2020

    Although hailed by European Union negotiators as a landmark deal that enhances EU fiscal integration, the €1.8 trillion European Union budget deal contains a national budget reform review mechanism by the European Commission that could raise sovreignty concerns at the national level.

  • TechCrunch: Europe’s Top Court Strikes Down Flagship EU-US Data Transfer Mechanism

    July 17, 2020

    The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has struck down a flagship EU-US data flows arrangement called Privacy Shield citing that  “the requirements of US national security, public interest and law enforcement have primacy, thus condoning interference with the fundamental rights of persons whose data are transferred to that third country”.

  • Apple Wins EU Court Battle Over $15 Billion Irish Tax Bill

    July 15, 2020

    Tech giant Apple won a court battle with the EU over a disputed €13 billion ($15 billion) Irish tax bill, with the General Court of the European Union not finding sufficient evidence that Apple's businesses in Ireland were granted unfair tax advantages.

  • Turkey’s Constitutional Court Defies ECtHR in Ruling Over Imprisoned Former Judge.

    July 15, 2020

    Turkey's Constitutional Court is choosing to ignore declared a European Court of Human Rights ruling concerning the imprisonment of a former Turkish judge, explaining that Turkish courts are “much better positioned than the ECtHR for explaining and interpreting the provisions of the Turkish law.”

  • ECtHR: Attending a Demonstration is Not Proof of Membership in Terrorist Organization

    July 14, 2020

    The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of a Turkish citizen who was convicted on terrorism-related charges for attending, on four different occasions, demonstrations for the pro-Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a recognized terrorist organization, going against the original ruling citing the individuals right to freedom of expression.

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