ECtHR: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and the duty to repatriate

By Hoda Bourenane A decision regarding the repatriation of children, who grew up with one of their parents being a member of the Islamic State or “Daesh” and their mothers from Syrian camps was issued by the grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in HF and Others v France on SeptemberContinue reading “ECtHR: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and the duty to repatriate”

The EU Border and Coast Guard Agency Amid Old and New Accusations

By Lorenzo Trasca Staff members of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) were recently accused in a report published by OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Office, of covering-up human rights violations perpetrated by EU Member States. The report, which investigates activities carried out by Frontex since late 2020, was initially only available to MEPsContinue reading “The EU Border and Coast Guard Agency Amid Old and New Accusations”

A Brussels Gaeltacht? The Status of the Irish Language in the EU Institutions

By Shane Goodman On 1 January 2022, the derogation period on the full and official use of the Irish language in EU institutions was terminated. After almost 50 years of EU membership, Irish citizens could finally read the entirety of the EU’s acquis communautaire going forward “as Gaeilge”. To date, this has been the onlyContinue reading A Brussels Gaeltacht? The Status of the Irish Language in the EU Institutions

With Poland’s elections a year away – can the Law and Justice party hold onto a third term in power?

By Jakub Jezierski The PiS (Law and Justice) party has been ruling Poland for almost eight years. Widely recognised as an authoritarian-leaning troublemaker by the EU, the party radically changed the political and economic landscape of Poland throughout its controversial tenure. Most prominently, PiS began an overhaul of the country’s judicial system, effectively ending theContinue reading “With Poland’s elections a year away – can the Law and Justice party hold onto a third term in power?”

State of the Union Speech 2022: Achievements and Challenges

by Roberta Guevska Earlier this month, the President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, held her annual State of the Union (SOTEU) address in front of the European Parliament (EP0 plenary session). Not only was the speech given in extraordinary hard times for the Union – the Russian invasion of Ukraine andContinue reading State of the Union Speech 2022: Achievements and Challenges

Striking the right balance: reinforcing Europe’s arsenal of trade defence instruments (TDIs)

By Robin Vandendriessche In December 2021, the European Union (EU), in an attempt to increase its geopolitical theft, proposed a new policy instrument that would allow it to impose sanctions more easily on economic rivals such as China. The Anti-Coercion Instrument (ACI) came after years of perceived European vulnerability to economic blackmail as third countriesContinue reading Striking the right balance: reinforcing Europe’s arsenal of trade defence instruments (TDIs)