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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 […]

The German Constitutional Court Says Yes to the Islamic Veil

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Yesterday, BBC online reported on the new ruling made by the German Constitutional Court (GCC), which specifically held that prohibiting teachers from wearing the Islamic Veil in public schools is not compatible with the German Constitution. This ruling affects eight federal states (Baden – Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Bremen, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine Westphalia and Saarland), which had […]

La casa por la base

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A pesar de haber hablado bastante de este tema nos quedamos con las ganas de divertirnos un poco más (cuando te enfrentas a tres recursos de estos a la semana, empieza a tener su gracia) enfrentándonos a los argumentos de los ayuntamientos que, recurso de reposición tras recurso de reposición, dejan tras de sí una […]

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