Is the Constitution Law for the Court Only?

According to Chancellor Kurz, this is not the time for juridical sophistry (juristische Spitzfindigkeiten). At the end of the day, it would be left to the Constitutional Court to decide on the legality of the COVID-19 measures which, when it will hand down a decision, will have been already revoked. These remarks betray a certain outlook on the authority of constitutional law. Putting the matter starkly, it suggests that the constitution is law for the Constitutional Court only.

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Entering into New Constitutional Territory in Austria

10 days after the “Ibiza Video” scandal a vote of no confidence in the Austrian Parliament removed the Austrian government from office. While international media focused – in light of the exceptional circumstances – primarily on the “Ibiza Video” scandal, the constitutional dynamics were mostly neglected. It is therefore necessary to explain the events of the last days as well as to analyse the constitutional dynamics of the situation in Austria.

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Ex Oriente Lux?

Österreich dreht sich nach Osten, die Grünen sind pulverisiert, die Sozialdemokratie gescheitert – und das zu einem Zeitpunkt, da Zweck und Notwendigkeit Europas klarer zu Tage liegen als je zuvor. Vielleicht ist die österreichische Wahl bloß ein Gruß, den uns die Vergangenheit in einem Moment entbietet, wo sie von der Zukunft bereits verschlungen wird. 

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