Category: Rights

The quest for a more effective mechanism to enforce the value of the rule of law

In the realm of compliance and enforcement of values under Article 2 TEU, in particular of the rule of law, multiple solutions have been advanced by constitutional scholars. For instance, interesting to examine are the key academic proposals selected by Kochenov in this respect. Although these academic endeavours may provide policymakers with good food for…

Protecting the rule of law in the Member States: preventive, monitoring and sanctioning mechanisms

The EU’s proactivity in dealing with ‘rule of law-related’ matters is undisputed.As emphasised already, the EU actively engages in ensuring that candidate states comply with the rule of law before allowing their accession: this is done by enforcing the Copenhagen Criteria, which have become the customary law on membership. Nevertheless, it would be wrong to…

The new plunder

Africa is not poor, it was always a rich country. The first ones to understand this were the Europeans who, during the second half of the 19th century, initiated a process that today we define as modern colonialism or imperialism, aimed at exploiting the resources of the colonised countries. There was a real race to…

Upholding the rule of law in the Member States through EU law mechanisms: pure political fiction?

In the last couple of years, the EU has been faced with a new legal challenge: a ‘rule of law crisis’.Poland and Hungary are among the prime examples of Member States in which compliance with the value of the rule of law is questioned and allegations of breaches are being investigated. The paramount legal principle…

News of the death of Jamal Khashoggi at the headquarters of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

There is still no confirmed news about the fate of Saudi opposition writer Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared last Tuesday when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to conduct some transactions. The Turkish authorities believe that the prominent Saudi journalist, who disappeared a few days ago, was killed inside the consulate. “The initial assessment of…

The great immigration myth

By Tim Schofield Throughout human history immigrants have always been a soft target for unscrupulous politicians  seeking a bit of cheap popularity. This is especially true of those who are a “bit different”,  whether it be skin colour, religion, or just by speaking a different language. They generally don’t have a vote, come with much money,…