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Law, politics and the economy are core determinants of the success of the European integration project and of the welfare of Europeans. None of these three determinants can be made sense of in an isolated national or European context. The recent Italian elections demonstrate the particular political temptation of opposition in a compound Union of… » read more

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Last week we have witnessed an interesting and positive development in the sustainability of Irish public finance. On February 7, 2013 the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) – an Irish Bad Bank that came into being in July 2011 after a merger between the failing Irish Banks Anglo Irish and Irish Nationwide – was liquidated.… » read more

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Transatlantic relations are perceived in non-legal scholarship as being “institutionally-light”. Legal scholarship has similarly viewed transatlantic relations as being dominated more by conflict than law. New scholarship in European Public Law presented in Amsterdam recently suggests that a reformulation of these views is warranted. By Elaine Fahey A workshop entitled “Transatlantic Relations: the nature of… » read more

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Over the past years several EU Member States decided to integrate their competition authorities with their consumer protection agencies. The Danish Competition Authority and the Danish Consumer Agency merged into the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority in 2010, the new Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has begun operating on 1st January 2013, the Netherlands Authority… » read more

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Climate change is real. It is scientifically and politically accepted that greenhouse gas emissions by humans, primarily caused by the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, contribute to warming the planet. The rising temperatures have far-reaching negative consequences, including rising sea levels, the increase of destructive weather events, such as most recently hurricane Sandy (Bloomberg… » read more

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The Commission’s Second Report concerning the application of the Directive on injunctions for the protection of consumers’ interest was recently published. While the publication of the report went rather unnoticed it does merit a short comment for the following reason. The report illustrates well how the Commission’s general policy is developing with regard to consumer… » read more

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