Over the last few years, refugees have increasingly been met with hostility upon arrival in Europe. The upsurge of right-wing populism undoubtedly has been an important factor in this regard. According to Nora Achterbosch, right-wing populism poses an imminent threat to refugee law – as it jeopardizes the customary status of the principle of non-refoulement –, and should be dealt with in light of the threat that it poses.
For the first time in its existence, the European Parliament has taken a clear political position on the black face practice. According to Marike Lefevre, the European Parliament’s resolution on the anti-racism protests following George Floyd’s death constitutes a push towards abolishing the practice of black painting of faces to portray a certain character. Continue reading “European Parliament Calls for a Ban on Blackface”
Preliminary references are an important feature of EU law. While scholarly literature has focused on the role of judges in the process of judicial dialogue in the EU (more specifically, with regard to triggering Article 267 TFEU), that of lawyers and other non-state actors in the process has been overlooked. To date, little has been said about the motivations of these different actors who have triggered Article 267 TFEU. In this post, Angelina Atanasova draws attention to the context and the role of lawyers with regard to the preliminary reference procedure, based on a case study of Denmark.
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