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The draft accession agreement has many objectionable features. Never has the citizens’ perspective been the EU concern during negotiations. Diplomatic secretiveness, an exceptional treatment of the European Court of Justice in honour of its claimed constitutional ‘prerogatives’ (the ‘prior involvement’ procedure), and the complications of a ‘co-respondent mechanism’, resulted naturally. And yet, accession would be… » read more

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On 11 and 12 June 2013 the Bundesverfassungsgericht (German Constitutional Court; GCC) held the hearings for the ECB case. One might be forgiven to think: ‘Another case concerning the measures taken to save the Euro?!’ Indeed in 2011 and 2012, judicial contestations of the legal instruments aimed to mitigate the Eurocrisis were decided by the… » read more

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Research into ‘postnational’ things is very fashionable at the moment. Yet there appears to be little agreement about the content of the term ‘postnational’. Worse, there even appears to be little discussion. And worse still is that there might not be enough awareness of the persisting inconsistency in the use of the term. Too few… » read more

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Hungary is walking off the road of constitutional democracy, the rule of law and the protection of fundamental rights, which it has firmly endorsed since its transition in 1989 from one-party system to a democratic society with checks and balances. While this is a worrying phenomenon in itself, it constitutes a major challenge to the… » read more

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Elaine Fahey and Marija Bartl of ACELG and ACSECL examine politico-legal aspects of the Transatlantic Trade Partnership under negotiation between the EU and US currently in an Opinion in the EUObserver.com, on 18 March. The Transatlantic Partnership (TP) poses fundamental politico-legal questions with potentially far reaching implications for our future. They ask what is being… » read more

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