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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Slovakia’s Anti-Gay Referendum: Will Political Apathy Save Democracy?

30 January 2015 | by

On Saturday 7th February Slovakia will hold a popular vote which, if successful, will further undermine the legal standing of the local LGBT community in the eyes of the state. 4.4 million Slovak citizens will get a chance to express their opinion on three following questions: Do you agree that no other cohabitation of persons […]

Panel discussion in The Netherlands on the right to be forgotten

28 January 2015 | by

Last week in Amsterdam, a panel of experts discussed the right to be forgotten pertaining to the Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja González case, hereinafter (Google v Gonzàlez). The participants in the debate were Mr. Egbert Dommering, a professor of law at the University of Amsterdam, Andreas Udo De Haes, a journalist and […]

Can SYRIZA save the EU?

23 January 2015 | by

The result of the coming elections constitutes a milestone for Greek politics, since it will be the first time since the end of the Second World War that the radical left in the country ever had such a popular appeal. Secondly, these elections officially entombed a forty-year period in Greek politics, since the end of […]

Is democracy a trade barrier?

8 January 2015 | by

In a democracy, elected representatives make laws. But with new trade agreements, businesses  could co-write legislation. The United States and the European Union (EU) are negotiating a trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The aim is to lower trade barriers. Unfortunately those ‘barriers’ include not just traditional trade tariffs and quotas, but […]

2015 – your last chance for a “free ride” on the German autobahn? – Weighing the German initiative for a toll on ‘foreign’ motor vehicles

5 January 2015 | by

Background On 17 December 2014, despite protest from the European Commission and much scepticism from all political levels in Germany, the German cabinet passed transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt’s (CSU) draft bill on the PKW-Maut – a motorway toll that would de facto apply to foreign passenger cars only. This idea made its way to the […]