US Supreme Court: new vacancy soon?

170516160718-01-justice-kennedy-life-restricted-super-169.jpgIt appears that the Justices of the US Supreme Court give a kind of solemn reception to their employees every 5 years in office : 5, 10, 15, and so on. You will be pleased to know that Justice Kennedy, who also follows the custom, has just given such a reception, for year… 29.

Does this mean he is planning to announce his imminent retirement? That would be very good news.  Continue reading

Super-moralist

xvma3f3c012-ff53-11e6-baf1-85bd02acada9He promised to set new moral standards for French politics. No corruption, no favouritism, no misuse of public funds. It was a campaign entirely built on morality, and on finger-pointing at the corruption of others.

He won the Presidential elections largely thanks to the fact that his main competitor, François Fillon, was torpedoed by a press campaign concerning allegations of favoritism. At the same time, the press was conspicuously disinterested in similar allegations concerning Emmanuel Macron himself, as well as some of his main supporters. Continue reading

Romania: referendum on marriage draws nearer…

f4a5c-coalitiaIt seems that in Romania the political class is finally accepting that the people should have their say on marriage. Last week 2 Senate committees (Human Rights and Equality) voted in favour of  the constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, thus excluding misinterpretations or re-definitions. This amendment was proposed by a citizens’ initiative and supported by an amazing 3 million of Romanian citizens. So now there is just one more major hurdle to be taken, the Legal Affairs Committee, before the final vote in plenary. It is now hoped that the draft amendment will pass in the Senate with a large majority, similar to the one we got in the Chamber of Deputies last month (232-22 votes). This would clear the way for a popular referendum, which widely is expected to accept the proposed amendment.

Hypocrisy: sodomite MEPs rail against Romanian marriage referendum

2015-11-11_2The European Parliament’s Sodomy Lobby, also known as “LGBT Intergroup”, appears to have a purely instrumental attitude towards democracy. When, back in 2015, Ireland held a constitutional referendum to introduce sodo-“marriage”, the group was not at all critical against such a referendum being held, but on the contrary welcomed the fact that “the first time that equal marriage has been adopted through a referendum.” But now, as more than 3 million Romanian citizens have supported a petition for a constitutional amendment that would enshrine the correct and natural understanding of marriage, namely that of a union between a man and a woman, into the country’s constitution, the sodomite MEPs have changed their views, adopting an overtly anti-democratic attitude:they have published an open letter to Romanian Members of Parliament, pressuring them to block the democratic process. Continue reading

“One of Us” puts European Commission on the defensive

18581490_1494894630582932_1089524314007024045_n-e1495465089663.jpgThe hearing of the case One of Us vs. the European Commission was held on Tuesday 16 May 2017 before a Chamber of five judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg.

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “One of Us”, which had gathered nearly two million signatures in Europe in 2012/2013, calls for a ban on European funding for activities involving the destruction of human embryos, in particular in research and development aid cooperation. However, in a poorly argued Communication issued in May 2014, the European Commission refused to transmit the citizens’ initiative to the European Parliament for debate, thus effectively assuming for itself a right to block the process.

The hearing on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, allowed Paul Diamond, the British lawyer speaking for the initiative, to set the focus the debate on the question of how the ECI can contribute to strengthening democracy if it can be arbitrarily turned down like this (see his plea: Oral argument). Continue reading