The Case of Mr. Junqueras is a Case of Respect of the Rule of Law

Mr. Junqueras was not an MEP nor had any immunity whatsoever when he was put on trial for a crime committed in Spain in accordance with Spanish law. When the trial was completely over, in June 2019, but before a sentence was given by the Court, Mr. Junqueras was elected to the European Parliament. And that was possible, precisely, because Spain being a most protective country, his presumption of innocence was still complete at that time.

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The Junqueras Saga Continues

Notwithstanding the clear message from the ECJ, the Spanish Supreme Court has decided that the Catalan separatist leader and MEP Oriol Junqueras will not be released from prison. The contradiction between the logic of the ECJ’s judgment of December 2019 and the decision of the Spanish Supreme Court of 8 January 2020 forms a new challenge for the EU legal order, in the sense that it puts the relationship between EU law and Spanish national law under strain.

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Hello – and Goodbye! How Royal Powerplay aborted Malaysia’s ICC Membership

On 5 April 2019, the United States revoked the visa of the ICC chief prosecutor because of her attempts to investigate allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan, including any that may have been committed by American forces. On the same day, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced that his country was withdrawing its signature from the Rome Statute, just one month after having signed it. Did the Malaysian drama just coincide with Washington’s move? The most likely answer is yes. Rather, it reflects long-existing tensions between Malaysia’s federal government and the country’s royalty.

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Politessenbeschimpfung ist auch für Abgeordnete strafbar

Es tut mir ja leid, aber immer, wenn in diesem Blog von Italien die Rede ist, gleitet die Sache ins Unernsthafte ab. Fern sei mir jede nationale Stereotypisierung. Wahrscheinlich liegt’s an mir. Diesmal geht es um die Immunität des Abgeordneten: das alte und vornehme Recht der Bürgervertreter im Parlament, nicht wegen ihrer schonungslosen Kritik an […]

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Der Papst, ein immunes Staatsoberhaupt?

Im Skandal um pädophile Priester und den massenhaften Missbrauch von Kindern schwappt gegenwärtig eine Frage hoch, die auf den ersten Blick überhaupt nicht zum Thema gehört: Wann ist etwas ein Staat? Das hat mit der Absicht zweier berühmter britischer Buchautoren und höchst glaubenseifriger Atheisten, Richard Dawkins und Christopher Hitchens, zu tun, den Papst bei seinem […]

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