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The Whistleblower’s Protection Directive: Reinforcing Transparency and Accountability at the EU Level

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In April 2019, the European Parliament voted on a new Directive for the protection of whistleblowers. Dimitrios Kafteranis provides a preliminary assessment of the significance and practicality of this new EU legal instrument.

The Path to the Dream Life: The Experiences of Eritrean Asylum Seekers in the UK

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Samson Maekele Tsegay discusses the experiences of Eritrean asylum seekers in the UK with specific attention to the socio-economic and psychological consequences of the asylum application process.

Johnson misled his Queen and his country

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Boris Johnson was at a Climate Change Conference in New York today as the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that his prorogation of Parliament was unlawful. For sure, the climate for Johnson has changed. But so far, he seems to think he can weather the storm. The beleaguered Prime Minister said that he “strongly disagreed” with the court’s […]

An official ban on sexist jokes?: The Council of Europe’s Recommendation on preventing and combating sexism

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The 27 March 2019 marks a historic moment in the history of human rights of women. The Council of Europe has adopted the first ever international document defining sexism. What does it mean for everyday realities of women? The far-right parties are leading countries across the continent (and beyond). Sexual and reproductive rights are under […]

80 years ago: The start of World War Two

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It was 80 years ago – on 1 September 1939 – that the Second World War started, when the German Nazi army launched a ferocious and unprovoked invasion of Poland. In the face of this unjustified aggression by Germany’s ‘Third Reich’, the United Kingdom and France could only resolve to declare war on Germany three […]

Which version of Brexit did Britain vote for?

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Before the referendum campaign, the Tory government flagged up three different versions of Brexit. If you’re a Leave voter, which one did you vote for? The fact is that Leave voters didn’t opt for any specific version of Brexit. Each option wasn’t even properly discussed during the campaign, let alone put on the ballot paper. […]

Yes, Britain can stop Brexit

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Late last year the European Court of Justice turned upside down claims by Tory ministers that it was too late to stop Brexit. The Court’s judgement was that the UK can unilaterally revoke its Article 50 notice and remain in the EU on exactly the same membership terms as now. The ruling means that the UK can do a […]

Parliament cannot bind a future Parliament

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Brexiters often say that the referendum result is a done deal and cannot be changed. But that’s not how our democracy works. Yes, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 became law in June last year. The then International Trade Minister, Liam Fox, said at the time: “Lest anyone is in any doubt, the chances of […]

Boris Johnson: The dictator

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We thought that Prime Minister, Theresa May, was dictatorial. But her replacement, Boris Johnson, has taken the word to new depths. Mrs May tried her best – but failed – to pass Brexit by bypassing Parliament. But Mr Johnson is determined to ride roughshod over Parliament, if he must, to ensure Brexit happens on 31 […]

Critics Claim That Europe’s Courts Are Unaccountable. Recent Cases Suggest Otherwise.

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Brexit supporters have claimed that European courts are out of touch and impose their will on an unwilling British public. Michael F. Harsch, Vladislav Maksimov, and Chris Wheeler argue that European courts are more accountable than these critics contend: when these courts defy the wishes of governments, judgements tend to align with public opinion.  One […]

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