The 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
It appears that Romanians will soon get the chance to vote for a constitutional amendment that would protect marriage and family against re-definition. Continue reading
Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny is coming closer to his objective of destroying the moral texture of Irish society. Two years after the constitutional referendum that re-defined marriage as a union of “two persons” (thus opening it to the absurd notion of a “marriage” between persons of the same sex), his next target is the abolition of the constitutional protections for the right to life of the weakest and most helpless members of society, unborn children. Continue reading
Among the contenders for the French Presidency, François Fillon surely is the only one whose election could be considered as desirable both with regard to the values that this blog defends and the economic reform program he proposes. Continue reading
Despite criticism from outside, the Hungarian Parliament has adopted a new law that imposes new requirements for Universities in Hungary – requirements that, apparently, George Soros’s “Central European University” (CEU) is currently not able or not willing to fulfil. Immediately it is rumoured that the new law is specifically targeting the CEU, and that it it is part of a larger design to crack down on “liberalism”… reason enough for the EU’s Deputy Sheriff Frans Timmermans to issue a lengthy press statement in which he not only expresses “concern over the situation in Hungary”, but (indirectly) even brandishes the threat of a “Rule-of-Law-Procedure” against Hungary to defend “our shared values”. Continue reading
With the coming into force of the EP’s new Rule 165, the President (or whoever presides over a session of the plenary or a committee at any time) will have the right to interrupt live broadcasting of the session in case of “defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior” by a member. Furthermore, the president may decide, “to delete from the audiovisual record of the proceedings” the parts in question. Continue reading
For quite a while now, representatives of the EU and its institutions have relentlessly expressed their “concern” over the political situation in Hungary and Poland, accusing the respective governments of undermining what is vaguely described as the “rule of law”.
Given these antecedents, it is astonishing to observe that the current situation in Romania does not seem to trigger any such concerns.