European Institutions

  • Opinion Finds EU Exemption from Trading Rules Unlawful

    July 11, 2014

    An opinion from attorneys of the EU Council finds that an EU provision creating an exemption from legislation prohibiting "proprietary trading" by banks was in fact illegal and could not shield countries with their own laws permitting such trading, such as the U.K., from the EU legislation's effect.

  • Khan: Labour Party Supports U.K. Sovereignty on Human Rights

    July 10, 2014

    Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Sadiq Khan writes that the U.K. Labour Party supports the recognition by British courts that they are not bound by decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, which are only to be taken into account and not to be viewed as binding.

  • EU Investigates Corporate Tax Deals

    June 20, 2014

    The European Commission has announced that it has opened an investigation of member states' tax deals with three multinational companies to determine whether these deals violated EU "state aid" rules.

  • AfD Seeks Grouping with U.K. Conservatives

    June 20, 2014

    The U.K. Conservatives will decide whether they will support the German anti-euro party Alternative for Germany's joining the European Conservatives and Reformists grouping in the European Parliament, a decision that may risk an alliance for EU reform with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  • Blair Calls for Program of Change in Response to EU Elections

    June 20, 2014

    In the wake of the recent European Parliamentary election results, which saw large gains by "euroskeptic" parties, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair argues that European institutions must re-address the balance of power between the EU and the member states.

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