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EU Commission sues Sweden for online betting and poker laws
October 17, 2014
The European Commission filed a lawsuit against Sweden on Thursday for failing to change its laws on online betting and poker games that breach EU law on the free movement of services. The EU referred Sweden to the Court of Justice (ECJ) in two separate cases related to its restriction of gambling l....... [more]

Catalonia president signs decree calling for referendum on independence from Spain
September 27, 2014
The president of Spain's Catalonia region signed a decree today calling for a referendum on secession and independence from Spain, inciting confrontation from Spain's central government in Madrid. In a statement after the ceremonial signing, President Artur Mas, emphasizing Catalonia's "right to....... [more]

Ukraine ratifies agreement with EU, grants autonomy to eastern regions
September 16, 2014
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday ratified an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, furthering its goal of reforming the country according to European standards and values. The agreement, "On Ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one part, and the European Union....... [more]

European court allows library to digitize but not disseminate works
September 13, 2014
The European Court of Justice (EJC) ruled on Thursday that EU member states may authorize public libraries to digitize works contained in their collections without the consent of the rights holders. The ruling comes after the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany brought a lawsuit against Eu....... [more]

EU court rules against France over water pollution
September 4, 2014
The EU's top court ruled Thursday that France had failed to fulfill its obligation to improve the quality of its groundwater, marking the third time since 2001 the European Court of Justice has ordered France to strengthen its regulations. The ruling says that French laws have not done enough to kee....... [more]

Conflict of Laws: Data Protection in the Cloud
August 15, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Ben Weinberger of Phoenix discusses the international protection of data in the cloud... In a recent proceeding before the US Court, Microsoft was ordered to turn-over email belonging to a user of its hosted mail service. That email belonged to a user outside the US. The ema....... [more]

Europe rights court rules UK ban on prisoner voting violates human rights
August 13, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the UK's ban preventing prisoners from voting violates their human rights. The judgment came on a case brought by 10 British prisoners who claimed that the voting ban, which prohibits prisoners from voting in national or European elections....... [more]

EU adopts new sanctions against Russia
August 5, 2014
The new Russian discount airline Dobrolet on Monday suspended all flights as a result of tightening EU sanctions against Dobrolet and Russia. The EU on Wednesday stated that the airline's service from Moscow to Crimea "facilitates the integration of the illegally annexed Autonomous Republic of Crime....... [more]

European Parliament allows Lithuania to adopt euro
July 17, 2014
The European Parliament approved a resolution to allow Lithuania to adopt the euro as their official currency in a plenary session Wednesday. The resolution, which will make Lithuania the nineteenth nation to join the Eurozone on January 1, 2015, was passed by a vote of 545-116. "This is good news f....... [more]

EU court rules German language requirements for Turkish immigrants unlawful
July 11, 2014
The EU's highest court, the Court of Justice, on Thursday ruled that Germany cannot require spouses of Turkish nationals living in Germany to show basic knowledge of the German language as a requirement when applying for family reunification visas. The case was brought by Naime Dogan, a Turkish wom....... [more]

EU court rules on transparency of commission planning transatlantic trade agreement
July 4, 2014
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that the European Commission is not being sufficiently transparent regarding negotiations with the US on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The TTIP aims to remove trade barriers between the EU and US, and make it easier to....... [more]




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