The ECtHR as a drowning ‘Island of Hope’?’ Its impending reversal of the interpretation of collective expulsion is a warning signal

The outcome of the case ND and NT v. Spain currently pending before the Grand Chamber may determine the future course of the Court in other migration policy cases. It will show whether the ECtHR still deserves its title as an ‘island of hope in stormy times’ or whether this island is drowning under the pressure of some of its Member States.

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In Search of a Role for the Member States and the EU to Establish an Investment Screening Mechanism

Investments in enterprises, which are relevant for public security and services, are an important source of growth, jobs and innovations. But such investments can be detrimental to the security of supply for the community members – for example, when a state owned enterprise, which is located in a third state, gets control over the only electricity station in a Member State.

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The Political Economy of Capital Controls and Liberalization

In the face of rising global tensions the free flow of direct investment capital across borders is in dispute. The self-evidence of free capital movements since the start of the euro can no longer be taken for granted. Concerns have emerged about the intentions of foreign investors acquiring domestic key industries.

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Freiheit oder Gleichheit? Kopftuchverbote im Spannungsfeld von Unionsrecht und Grundgesetz

Am 30. Januar hat das Bundesarbeitsgericht dem EuGH Fragen zur Vorabentscheidung betreffend ein Kopftuchverbot vorgelegt. Hintergrund dieser und einer weiteren Vorlage ist eine mögliche Kollision der jüngsten deutschen und europäischen Rechtsprechung zu Kopftuchverboten, bei der das vergleichsweise hohe deutsche Schutzniveau zugunsten von Kopftuchträgerinnen auf dem Spiel steht.

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Inter-institutional Agreement Reached on Framework for Screening of Foreign Direct Investments

The EU has one of the world’s most open investment regimes, and collectively EU Member States have the fewest restrictions in the world on foreign direct investment. A proposal for a Union Act on the Screening of foreign investment in strategic sectors was tabled by ten Members of International Trade Committee (INTA) at the European Parliament (EP). The inter-institutional “provisional” agreement is going to be voted by the full House of the EP on the 14th of February 2019.

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Access to Legal Redress in an EU Investment Screening Mechanism

The proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for screening of foreign direct investments into the European Union (Draft Proposal) presupposes (some would even say: proposes) investment screening and control mechanisms (ISCMs) at member state level. Approaching ISCMs from the angle of legal redress raises three questions: […]

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Warum der EuGH-Generalanwalt in punkto „PKW-Maut“ Unrecht hat

Generalanwalt Nils Wahl hat gestern – für viele überraschend – für eine Zulässigkeit des deutschen Vignettensystems plädiert. Die Argumente des Generalanwalts überzeugen nicht. Jetzt hat der EuGH die Gelegenheit in seinem Urteil seiner Verantwortung zur Wahrung des Rechts bei der Auslegung und Anwendung der Verträge (Art. 19 EUV) nachzukommen.

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