About: constitutional court

Elections 29-09-2017

Spain’s constitutional court: Power beyond legal practice

Ahead of Sunday's (1 October) independence referendum, Professor Dr Josep-Maria Terricabras writes that the Constitutional Court of Spain is no longer what the Spanish constitution had enacted.

Thousands protest ‘coup against constitution’ in Poland

Thousands of Poles protested on Sunday (16 July) against the government’s attempts to secure full control over the judiciary. EURACTIV Poland's editor-in-chief reports from Warsaw.

Poland’s ruling PiS passes law on judges, opposition sounds alarm

Lawmakers from Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party on Wednesday (12 July) pushed through a bill to give parliament a greater say in appointing judges, a move that the opposition and rights groups said violated the constitutional separation of powers.

With Hungarian support, Poland defies EU over rule of law

Poland dismissed on Monday (20 February) demands that it implement judiciary reforms deemed essential by the European Commission to uphold the rule of law.

Poland rejects EU warning on constitutional court crisis

Poland's foreign ministry on Thursday (22 December) dismissed the EU's latest warning that changes to the country's constitutional court pose a serious challenge to the rule of law.

EU hits Poland with new rule of law deadline, sanctions remain ‘in toolbox’

The EU yesterday (21 December) gave Poland's rightwing government another two months to reverse changes to its constitutional court or face sanctions, warning they posed a "substantial" challenge to the rule of law.

Polish anti-government protest draws thousands

Tens of thousands of protesters hit the streets of the Polish capital Warsaw Saturday (24 September) to rally against moves by the rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) government that they say undermine the rule of law.
Euro & Finance 26-08-2016

Moody’s: Poland risks credit downgrade, divestment, over democracy deficit

Global ratings agency Moody's warned Thursday (25 August) that an escalating constitutional crisis in Poland is threatening to hurt investment in the EU's largest eastern economy and could affect its credit rating.

Poland’s constitutional conundrum…explained

Like other European nations, Poland will remain a source of conflicting messages in years to come. But the EU has nothing to worry about – the democratic government in place can be removed in a peaceful manner next time people come to vote, writes Piotr Macej Kaczyński.

Poland shrugs off EU warning

Poland downplayed the EU's unprecedented warning on Thursday (2 June) to the country's right-wing government to respect the rule of law, or face punitive measures. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Europe's East 01-04-2015

Trócsányi: ‘There are different interpretations of democracy’

Critics of Hungary "lack objectivity" and it is a "fantasy" to say the press is not free in this country, said László Trócsányi, Hungary's Minister of Justice. The Orbán loyalist maintains that democracy can exist in both neo-liberal and "more conservative" contexts. He spoke to Georgi Gotev for EURACTIV France.  
Europe's East 06-05-2013

EU warns Moldova over move to sack judges

Moldova's parliament gave itself powers to sack Constitutional Court judges and change election rules, moves Brussels said would harm the country's bid for closer ties with the European Union.
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Economy & Jobs 08-04-2013

EU warns Portugal to stick to fiscal targets after court ruling

Brussels has warned Portugal to stick to the bailout austerity measures agreed in 2011 or risk losing further financial hep. The warning came following a decision by the Portuguese constitutional court to reject a set of unpopular public spending cuts aimed at reducing the country's deficit. In a televised speech on Sunday, Portugal's prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho described the country's economic situation as a 'national emergency' and pled to follow the terms agreed with international lenders.
Euro & Finance 02-01-2013

Portuguese President sends his country’s budget to court

Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva said in his new year speech that he will send his country’s controversial 2013 budget to the Constitutional Court. The move could put at risk a €78 billion bailout deal from the eurozone and IMF.
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Central Europe 22-08-2012

EC urges Romania to respect Basescu ruling

Romania's Constitutional Court on Tuesday decided to let president Basescu return to power and the European Commission is urging Romanian authorities to comply with the Court's ruling. Earlier in July, Primer Minister Victor Ponta's leftist government called a referendum to impeach center-right Basescu. The referendum came only months before parliamentary elections. But Romania's Constitutional Court declared the referendum void as turnout failed to reach the 50% threshold required.
Euro & Finance 14-08-2012

Commission plays down risk of ESM ratification delay

  The European Commission today (14 August) downplayed any risk of a substantial delay in Germany’s final approval of the eurozone's permanent bailout fund despite efforts to postpone a ruling on its legality.
Euro & Finance 10-08-2012

French Constitutional court clears fiscal pact

France's Constitutional Council ruled yesterday (9 August) that the EU's budget responsibility pact did not require a change to the constitution, easing the path to ratification of the accord and removing a potential headache for President François Hollande.

Romanian Court under pressure, seeks help from Europe

Romania's Constitutional Court is under "shocking" political pressure ahead of its ruling on the validity of a referendum to impeach the president and has appealed to the Council of Europe for protection, a council official said on Tuesday (7 August).
Central Europe 06-07-2012

EU concern over Romanian power struggle

Attempts by Romania’s new prime minister, Victor Ponta, to impeach the country’s president Traian B?sescu – under way at an extraordinary meeting in the Bucharest parliament this afternoon – are rattling the Commission amidst concerns over democracy.

German Constitutional Court clears path to EU law

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court has avoided a stand-off with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over how to balance competencies between the EU and its member states. The move is seen in Brussels as a relief, as in the past Germany had blocked further EU integration with its Constitutional Court rulings. EURACTIV Germany contributed to this article.
Enlargement 27-05-2008

What is happening in Turkey?

Turkish politics is on the brink of a new era as whatever the outcome of the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the Justice and Development Party (AKP), a new political landscape will emerge after the changes are enforced, argues Senem Aydin Düzgit in a 22 May commentary for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
EU Priorities 2020 02-11-2006

Merkel’s Constitution hopes on ice

The German presidency will start on 1 January 2007 without the country having ratified the EU Constitutional Treaty, following a decision by the German Constitutional Court.
Future EU 27-03-2002

Lamassoure proposes new delimitation of powers between EU and Member States

On 26 March 2002, the European Parliament's Constitutional Committee discussed a report by French MEP, Alain Lamassoure, on the delimitation of powers between the EU and the Member States. In his report, Mr Lamassoure calls for a European constitutional court and proposes a list of five different categories of powers, ranging from exclusive powers to shared and supplementary powers.

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