European Institutions

  • National Legislators Call for More Authority in EU Lawmaking

    July 14, 2014

    A letter supported by the parliaments of 20 of the 28 EU member states calls for the expanded authority of national parliaments to back or reject proposed EU legislation.

  • AfD Increases Legitimacy Following Election

    July 14, 2014

    The Alternative for Germany ("AfD") party, which opposes an EU-wide currency and favors the return of powers from Brussels to EU member states, is gaining legitimacy with its overarching message, from its manifesto, "courage to stand up for Germany."

  • U.K. Considers Joining EU DNA Database

    July 14, 2014

    According to a U.K. Government document, following its decision to "opt out" of a number of EU measures relating to law and justice, it is considering opting back into a provision for a database in which EU member states share DNA records.

  • EU Controversy Erupts over Deal to Install Commission President

    July 14, 2014

    The Telegraph reports that following an election in which officials argued for greater EU democratic transparency, observers in Brussels are protesting the EU Parliament's vote for Martin Schulz as its President in an alleged back-room deal for support with other establishment candidates for top EU posts.

  • ECJ's "Right to Be Forgotten" Presents Uncertain Implications

    July 14, 2014

    A new Intellectual Property Watch article argues that the Court of Justice of the EU ("ECJ") decision that Google must take down from its search results certain information about European citizens deemed irrelevant or outdated may have opened a "Pandora's Box" in internet privacy claims.

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