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Detention of Irregular Migrants in Spain

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The detention of irregular migrants in specialized centers to ensure their removal is a contentious precautionary measure. Although the Return Directive does not constitute the ultimate solution to this controversial issue, nor has the CJEU been very concrete and clear in the matter, both have had an important impact on the Spanish detention legislation (Organic […]

The Introduction of an Individual Complaint Mechanism within Frontex: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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The mandate and budget of Frontex has consistently been enhanced since its inception in 2004. Since the Agency’s role under EU law has expanded, the capacity of Frontex to deal with possible violations of fundamental rights should be strengthened as well. In this regard, the European Ombudsman and the Parliament recommended that Frontex introduced an individual complaint mechanism to handle violations of fundamental […]

EU Refugee Crisis: Who is Rescuing Migrants at Sea?

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This summer’s press was once again abuzz with headlines and images of the exodus of thousands of migrants, knocking at Europe’s door. The scenario of a massive number of vessels overflowing with people fleeing from their countries towards southern European shores is no news to Europe. Although the state of alarm has long been declared, […]

Power of referendum – the Irish phenomenon

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In 2012, the Hungarian government introduced a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Only a year later, Croatia held a constitutional referendum, which clarified that marriage can be available to opposite sex partners only. In February 2015, Slovakia held a similar popular vote, which, however, fell short of the required turnout. It should be noted that […]

La concertación

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Los tributos que constituyen el sistema tributario de los Territorios Históricos son los llamados tributos concertados. La concertación de un impuesto significa que dicho impuesto se incluye en el régimen tributario de los Territorios Históricos, y que, por tanto las instituciones competentes de Álava, Bizkaia y Gipuzkoa deberán establecer, mantener y regular. Estos tributos concertados […]

Dutch Partial Ban on Islamic Veil in Public Spaces

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In my previous post I analyzed the first ruling at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), “S.A.S v. France”, concerning the full-face veil. The ECtHR introduced the principle “living together” as a legitimate aim to ban the burqa and niqab in France, on the basis that wearing the full-face veil hinders communication among individuals. I thought that ruling was dangerously […]

S.A.S v France: Towards a General Prohibition of the Full-Face Veil in Europe?

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In this post I would like to analyze the first ruling at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), “S.A.S v. France”, concerning the full-face veil. In this case a Muslim woman, who voluntarily wore the niqab, alleged that the burqa-ban passed in France breached her right to manifest her Islamic faith according to article 9 […]

El caso Aitana

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Es un verdadero placer para nuestro Blog contar con autores invitados. En esta ocasión estamos felices de poder compartir la contribución de Silvia Alonso Guijarro. Silvia estudió periodismo en Valladolid con estancias en la “Université de Liège” y “Carlos III de Madrid”, actualmente trabaja como trainee en @amadeusESP. En su entrada analiza un aspecto de gran relevancia tanto para […]

Viajando por la fiscalidad

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Quisiera inaugurar una sección dedicada a conocer un poco mejor los sistemas fiscales que hay en el mundo, y como no podía ser de otra manera, en la primera de esta serie de entradas que iré publicando, me gustaría esbozar una introducción al sistema fiscal español, o mejor dicho, a los sistemas fiscales que podemos […]

Fancy an extra citizenship? Voila, for a generous fee, there is plenty to choose from…

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Nowadays, there is really nothing that would preclude one from becoming a citizen or resident of numerous countries, provided that s/he has a big wallet. This semi-serious but rather controversial statement aims at triggering a discussion about a, currently hardly uncommon, phenomenon of sovereign[1] states’ practice of offering their citizenship or nationality to foreigners in […]

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