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The EU Commission’s “contempt” of national courts?

Tim Eicke

On 11 September 2014, the European Court of Justice heard a case officially categorised as a competition law matter: Case C-170/13 Huawei Technologies. However, the issue before the Court is much more fundamental; it raises deep constitutional questions concerning the inter-relationship between the national courts and the European Commission - and in particular the asserted ability of the Commission to restrict certain classes of applicants from having access to national courts (and/or penalise their exercise of that right). Weiterlesen

264 Tim Eicke

Über die Toten nur Gutes? GROSS v. SCHWEIZ endet im Eklat

Maximilian Steinbeis

Es war einer der profiliertesten Fälle zum umstrittenen Thema Sterbehilfe vor dem Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte: Gross v. Schweiz. Jetzt wird es kein materielles Urteil geben, denn die tief gespaltene Große Kammer des EGMR hat die Klage mit hauchdünner Mehrheit als missbräuchlich abgewiesen: Wie sich herausgestellt hat, ist die Klägerin schon seit drei Jahren tot. Weiterlesen

1 Maximilian Steinbeis

“Ultimately, the member states decide” – interview with Andrew Moravcsik on the Scottish referendum and European Union politics

Andrew Moravcsik

One week after the Scottish vote, has life for the EU come back to normal? Life is short, and we should not spend so much time on things that are highly unlikely to occur. About 75% of what we read in the newspaper concerns things that might happen and don’t. The Scottish referendum was one such story. It turned out to be closer than people thought, but the probability that it was ever going to pass was always in single digits. (The same goes, by the way, for the probability that Britain will ever vote to pull out of the mehr

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Pitfalls of the National Selection Processes of Judges to the ECtHR

Jernej Letnar Černič

Even though the selection process in the Council of Europe is quite rigorous and strict, it does not fully exclude the possibility of day-to-day politics interfering with the national selection process. The Council of Europe does not have much influence on the national selection procedures. Consider, for instance, the ongoing difficulties to select a judge on behalf of Slovenia. Weiterlesen

262 Jernej Letnar Černič
 Schwerpunkt  Schottland als EU-Mitglied

Scotland and the EU: Eleventh hour thoughts on a contested subject

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott

Is the ‘spectre of disintegration’ haunting Europe? Joseph Weiler fears that it is, and that, were an independent Scotland to be admitted as an EU state, this would lead to a domino effect whereby others would demand independence within the EU – testimony of an atavistic, retrogressive mentality, and adverse to the EU’s raison d’etre. This is a strongly put view, and not all will agree with it. Nonetheless, most of the papers in this highly stimulating symposium address, albeit in very different ways, the concern that lies at the base of Weiler’s argument – namely, the character of the EU, the nature of its values, its very reason for being. They also address the more workaday, but nonetheless critical, legal and practical issues that an independent Scotland’s membership pose. Weiterlesen

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Von wegen Würde des Bundestages: Demo im Plenarsaal ist Meinungsfreiheit

Maximilian Steinbeis

Dass Bundestagspräsident Norbert Lammert ganz schnell den Humor verliert, wenn seine Abgeordneten drunten im Plenarsaal ihre politische Meinung auf andere Weise kundtun als durch Redenhalten und Zwischenrufen, ist bekannt: Mal fliegen Parlamentarier raus, weil sie bei der Debatte um das Afghanistan-Mandat Schilder mit den Namen der Kundus-Opfer hochhalten, mal, weil sie auf ihren T-Shirts ihren Protest gegen Stuttgart 21 anmelden. Alles, was wie eine organisierte Demo aussieht, wird als Angriff auf die "Würde des Hauses" gewertet und ohne viel Federlesens unter zustimmendem Nicken der veröffentlichten Meinung unterbunden. Damit hat Lammert damit womöglich gegen die Europäische Menschenrechtskonvention verstoßen. Das legt zumindest ein heute verkündetes Urteil des EGMR in Straßburg nahe. Weiterlesen

1 Maximilian Steinbeis
 Schwerpunkt  Schottland als EU-Mitglied

Scotland and the EU: Comment by CHRISTOPHE HILLION

Christophe Hillion

Like many participants in this stimulating symposium, I am in agreement with several of Sionaidh Douglas-Scott’s contentions. But like some others, I am less persuaded by one of her conclusions: namely, that a treaty revision based on Article 48 TEU would suffice to codify an independent Scotland’s membership in the EU. While admittedly unprecedented, such a situation could not in itself warrant a complete disregard of EU membership rules, eg Article 49 TEU. As part of ‘the particular constitution and rules of the EU’, they should instead be applied, given their specific function in the treaties, albeit in a ‘pragmatic and purposive fashion’ in consideration of the existing and future ties between Scotland and the EU. Weiterlesen

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 Schwerpunkt  Schottland als EU-Mitglied

Scotland and the EU: Comment by CARLOS CLOSA

Carlos Closa Montero

No one disagrees that an independent Scotland qualifies for EU membership and that it would no doubt become an EU member state. Why then is there so much normative argument around “seamless transition”? It may or may not happen and, should it come it pass, I believe that it may be a good thing, albeit that I fail to see a “normative” case which supports it. Why should third parties guarantee to a self-determining self that its constitutive decision will be costless regardless of any other consideration? This would deprive citizenship of an essential responsibility for decisions taken which I consider indispensable to democracy. Weiterlesen

255 Carlos Closa Montero
 Schwerpunkt  Schottland als EU-Mitglied

Scotland and the EU: Comment by NEIL WALKER

Neil Walker

The presence of the EU both offers a spur to new projects of national sovereignty but also, and in my view more emphatically, it supplies a set of considerations which makes the project of new statehood less pressing, less consequential, and provided we can trust in continuing UK membership of a continuing EU (both of which statuses, of course, need careful attention) less relevant and ultimately unnecessary. Weiterlesen

254 Neil Walker