How Could the ECJ Escape from the Taricco Quagmire?

The Taricco saga shows how difficult has become the coexistence between the doctrines that have been developed so far by the ECJ on one side and the national Constitutional or Supreme Courts on the other side. The ECJ and the Constitutional Courts, in all their isolated splendour (or splendid isolation), preferred so far to follow parallel lines, whose meeting could only take place ad infinitum. However, if the parallelism collapses, the two lines are doomed to crash.

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Deutsche und Französische Verwaltungs­gerichtsbarkeit im europäischen Mehrebenensystem: ein Interview mit JEAN-MARC SAUVÉ und KLAUS RENNERT

Wie die Verfassungsgerichte in Europa zusammenarbeiten, darüber gibt es eine breite und intensive Debatte – aber wie sieht es mit den obersten Verwaltungsgerichten aus? Die obersten Repräsentanten des deutschen Bundesverwaltungsgerichts und des französischen Conseil d’Etat geben im Verfassungsblog-Interview Auskunft über Stand und Möglichkeiten ihrer Zusammenarbeit.

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Awakenings: the "Identity Control" decision by the German Constitutional Court

The GCC has applied, for the first time, its “identity control” to a case fully covered by EU Law. In the end, it quashes the decision of the instance court but it states that EU and German law are perfectly in line with the solution it comes to. What is all the fuss about? Why has the GCC made an “identity control” when the Framework Decision solves the case anyway in the same terms? It seems as if the GCC is sending a message to Luxembourg. It is a harmless judgment on the facts, but a very important one on the symbolic side.

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