CJEU Opens Door to Legal Challenges to Euro Rescue Measures in Key Decision

The Ledra Advertising decision by the European Court of Justice breaks down the barrier between European institutions and international-treaty based structures that have sprang up to deal with the needs of euro-area crisis response. This opens the door to legal challenges to the bailout programmes of the EFSF/ESM offering an avenue to a plethora of claimants to unpick the questionable legal underpinnings of conditionality and austerity policies.

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10 (pro-EU) reasons to be cheerful after Brexit

As the dust continues to swirl around the momentous Brexit referendum result a month ago (and doesn’t show any signs of settling anytime soon) I suspect many EU sympathisers will be somewhere in the middle of the various stages of the Kübler-Ross Grief cycle: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. So, somewhat incongruosly, are the ‘leavers’. Whereas there are almost as many emotions being experienced on all sides as there are potential options on what will happen next both in terms of the UK’s future relationship with the EU as well as the future of the EU itself, in this post I want to set out a number of (pro-EU) reasons – some obvious, some optimistic, others wildly speculative – to be cheerful amidst the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote.

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Muss Straßburg hinter der Eurokrise zusammenkehren?

Die Eurokrise und der fürchterliche Flurschaden, den sie in Südeuropa angerichtet hat, hat den Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte, soweit ich sehe, noch nicht erreicht. Heute hat er wieder zwei Klagen von portugiesischen Beamten als offensichtlich unbegründet zurückgewiesen, die sich darüber beschwerten, dass man ihnen unter dem Druck der Austerity-Politik einen Teil ihrer Pensionen gestrichen hatte. […]

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