Mit „Bayern zuerst“ in den Bundestag? – Gedankenspiele zur Sonderrolle der CSU in der Bundespolitik

Die CSU ist die einzige im Bundestag vertretene Partei, die nur in einem einzigen Bundesland wählbar und deren erklärtes Ziel es ist, in erster Linie Politik für eben dieses Bundesland zu machen. Mit diesem Versprechen gelingt es der CSU regelmäßig, in Bayern Rekordergebnisse zu erzielen. Muss eine erklärte „Bayern-Partei“ zur Bundestagswahl zugelassen werden?

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The Catalan Self-Determination Referendum Act: A New Legal Order in Europe

The Catalan Parliament is taking the secession process to the next level. By illegitimately passing two Acts that constitute a Catalan proto-constitution, a constitutional coup d’état and a new legal order are on their way.

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Reconciling Religion: Lessons Learned from the Triple Talaq Case for Comparative Constitutional Governance

The recent case of Shayara Bano v Union of India heard before the Supreme Court of India provide helpful guidance for how a secular democratic regime with a multiplicity of religious, ethnic, and cultural communities can manage constitutional governance with an increasing number of seemingly irreconcilable tensions. Pluralist societies such as Canada and the United States grapple with a variety of delicate balancing acts: in such instance, the need to reconcile accommodation for religious and cultural minorities with the protection of gender rights on the other.

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The EU and the Catalan Crisis

The events of the past week in Catalunya (and of the weeks that will follow) are very serious and worrying. Catalunya is a region of a Member State of the EU that has begun a unilateral process of independence, disregarding the Constitution, its Statute of Autonomy and the opposition of half of the Catalan population. It’s a remarkable challenge for Spanish democracy. It’s a challenge for the EU as well.

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Demokratie als verfassungs­feindlicher Topos

Demokratie wird im Diskurs der Gegenwart von populistisch-autoritären Nationalisten gegen die Errungenschaften des offenen freiheitlich demokratischen Verfassungsstaats in Stellung gebracht. Im Zentrum steht dabei die pluralismusfeindliche Idee eines einheitlichen Volkswillens, der alleinige Grundlage politischer Legitimität sein soll. Diese Idee erklärt vier problematische anti-konstitutionelle Merkmale national-autoritärer Ideologien.

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Grenzenlose Freiheit – staatlich gefördert? Zum Verbot der Sonderung der Schülerinnen und Schüler an privaten Ersatzschulen

Das Grundgesetz fordert eine allgemeine Zugänglichkeit zu privaten Ersatzschulen unabhängig von den Besitzverhältnissen der Eltern. Doch der seit Jahren zu beobachtende Boom der Privatschulen geht an sozioökonomisch schwachen Familien vorbei. Ein wegweisender Gesetzesentwurf im baden-württembergischen Landtag könnte dies nun ändern.

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The Retro Style in Liberal Politics: A Review of Mark Lilla’s ,The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics'

Columbia University’s Mark Lilla is an erudite and engaging historian of ideas, concentrating on political thought from the 18th century to the 20th.  In his latest book "The Once and Future Liberal", Lilla attacks the current style of liberal politics, exemplified by professors, intellectuals and activists in social movements, as contemptuous of real-world electoral politics and of ordinary Americans.

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Reviewing the recent Ban on Ritual Slaughter in Flanders

Flanders has adopted a ban of religious slaughter without stunning, following the Walloon region that had done the same earlier this year. In analysing the Flemish decree, three critical remarks need to be made in putting the new law into the right legal perspective.

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