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United Nations: Security Council Resolution on Terrorism in France

(Nov. 24, 2015) On November 20, 2015, in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in France, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2249/2015, in which it condemned the terrorist attacks of November 2015 in France committed by ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Syria (ISIL or ISIS)), also known […]

Council of Europe: New Protocol on Foreign Fighters Opened for Signature

(Oct. 30, 2015) On October 22, 2015, a new Protocol on Foreign Terrorist Fighters was opened for signature for the states that have already become signatories to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism. The Protocol was adopted by the Council of Ministers in May 2015. (Appendix: Additional Protocol to the Council […]

European Union/Turkey: Cooperation to Manage the Migrant Crisis

(Oct. 16, 2015) On October 4, 2015, the European Union and Turkey agreed on a Draft Action Plan to increase cooperation and coordinate their actions on the refugee crisis, and to reduce the huge flow of immigrants who enter the EU through Turkey. The Draft Action Plan contains short- and long-term measures to tackle the refugee crisis. Its twin objectives […]

Court of Justice of the European Union/Italy: Criminal Sanctions Imposed on Illegal Migrants Upheld

(Oct. 9, 2015) On October 1, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a judgment in a case involving the legality of the imposition of a prison sentence on an expelled migrant, after his re-entry into Italy. (Judgment of the Court, Fourth Chamber, Case of C-290/14 (Oct. 1, 2015), EUROPA.) Facts  The […]

European Union: European Council’s Commitments to Refugee Crisis

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 24, 2015, the European Council, composed of heads of state or of government, convened in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the unfolding migrant crisis in the European Union. (Press Release, European Council, Informal Meeting of EU Heads of State or Government on Migration, 23 September 2015 – Statement (Sept. 24, 2015).) […]

European Union: Commission Adopts New Measures to Respond to Refugee Crisis

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 9, 2015, the European Commission adopted a Communication that contains short- and long-term measures to address the current migrant crisis, to assist countries of entry through the creation of “hotspots,” and to address the root causes of irregular migration. The concrete operational, budgetary, and legal proposals are all annexed to […]

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

(Sept. 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a proposal, introduced by the European Commission on September 9, 2015, in response to the unprecedented influx of migrants who have sought refuge in the European Union during the last six months and in order to improve the situation of […]

European Court of Human Rights: Decision on Gay Marriage in Italy

(Sept. 14, 2015) On July 21, 2015, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a landmark judgment concerning homosexuals and their right to marry in Italy. In the case of Oliari and Others v. Italy, the ECHR found in favor of six male applicants who were in committed, stable relationships with other men, but […]

Greece: New Bill to Abolish Tax Breaks for Members of Parliament, Introduce Salary Cuts for Ministers

(Aug. 14, 2015) On August 11, 2015, the Greek government discussed legislation that would abolish tax breaks for Members of Parliament and institute salary cuts for Ministers, heads of public administrations, and heads of independent administrative authorities. (The Draft Bill on Abolishing Tax Breaks for Lawmakers, INTELLIGENT-NEWS.COM (Aug. 11, 2015).) The legislation is part of […]

European Union: Parliament Adopts Tough Stand on Russia

(June 25, 2015) On June 11, 2015, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a new resolution by a vote of 494 to 135, with 69 abstentions. The resolution’s main focus is relations between the European Union and Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. (Press Release, European Parliament, Plenary Session, Russia Is No Longer a […]