Nationalism and the European project

Nikolay Domanov LLM, MA in International Relations, Sofia University; Post-Graduate Diploma candidate in EU Competition Law, King’s College London   An idea with tremendous potential, a clear vision and huge emotional discharge emerged six decades ago in Europe – the creation of a Union which can bring piece and prosperity to the peoples of Europe. Unfortunately, 60 years later, this idea has yet to be accomplished. European integration was conceived mainly as a continuous process. Communities were created not to solidify the status quo, but to…

Some thoughts concerning the EU’s Nobel Peace Prize

Jose Manuel Panero MA in Economics for Competition Law candidate, King’s College London; LL.M in European Law, College of Europe Andrea Redondo LL.M in European Law and Economic Analysis, College of Europe; BSc Economics and Finance LSE; LLB, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Universidad Complutense of Madrid     On 12 October 2012 it was announced that the European Union (hereafter “EU”) has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.[i] The award ceremony took place two months later, on 10 December. In anticipation of the…

The New Proposal on Reception Conditions for Asylum Seekers: Genuine Change or Putting Lipstick on a Pig?

Amanda Spalding LLM student at King’s College London   This September the European Parliament voted to reinforce asylum seekers’ rights in the Member States.[1] This is a welcome development given that the EU states’ record on asylum is far from squeaky clean with asylum seekers often being shunted from one Member State to the other and horror tales of unsanitary and unsafe living conditions in detention centres.[2]  The draft proposals approved by Parliament clarify the responsibilities of states as well as providing a set of…

“I want to break free” – Implications of breaking Commission’s seals during antitrust investigations, Case C-89/11 P E.On v Commission [2012]

Andrea Redondo LL.M in European Law and Economic Analysis, College of Europe; BSc Economics and Finance, LSE; LLB, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Universidad Complutense of Madrid   In the judgment, delivered on 22 November 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereafter “CJEU”) had to resolve, for the first time, a conflict between a company and the European Commission pertaining to the application of Article 23(1)(e) of Regulation 1/2003. The conflict concerned the scope of the Commission’s powers when imposing fines on…

The Charter of Fundamental Rights: the ‘Bible’ of EU citizens’ rights or a voice crying in the wilderness?

Mehmed Yuseinov LLB Law and European Studies graduate from the University of Portsmouth   Over the last two decades it has been demonstrated in a number of initiatives that human rights issues continue to be central within EU law and policy-making because of the Union’s determination to establish its credentials as an international human rights supporter. However, until the introduction of the Lisbon amendments, the protection of fundamental rights was limited. The Lisbon Treaty provided a new “façade” to the existing fundamental rights regime by…

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