EU elections will be tough again on parties in government, experts say
Euractiv: “EU elections are often regarded as second-rate polls in which national politics plays a bigger role than Europe, making it a test for parties in government. With less than 100 days to go, EurActiv looks at the power balance in Europe and how that could affect the European institutions’ next mandate.
Since 1979, the past seven European Parliament elections have served as an occasion for voters to either praise or punish the government in office.
Across EU member states, governments are run by mainstream parties gravitating around the centre of the political spectrum. A EurActiv overview (see infographic below) shows that socialists (belonging to the European Socialists & Democrats) and centre-right parties (belonging to European People’s Party) act as single or coalition partners in most of Europe’s governments…”
Belgian law on euthanasia for children, with no age limit, will be first in world
The Guardian: “Belgium is expected on Thursday to become the first country in the world to abolish all age restrictions on the right to die, extending permitted euthanasia to terminally ill children.
Following months of painful and divisive debate the Belgian parliament is expected to pass a law extending euthanasia – which has been possible in the country for the past 12 years – to minors.
Belgium is one of only three countries to have legalised euthanasia, the others being Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The Dutch also allow minors the right to die from the age of 12. Belgium will be the first to drop all age restrictions.
The contested legislation has already gone through the upper house of senate by a 3-1 majority and also passed parliament’s justice committee…”
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La protection subsidiaire devant la Cour de justice : un concept autonome du droit de l’Union européenne
Gdr-Elsj: “Si l’année 2013 aura marqué l’achèvement du régime d’asile européen commun, le droit applicable à ce régime aura connu des précisions jurisprudentielles de grande importance, des questions préjudicielles tenant à l’interprétation des dispositions des anciens instruments demeurant toujours pendantes devant la Cour de justice de l’UE.
Ce 30 janvier 2014, les juges de Luxembourg ont ainsi apporté des précisions sur la protection subsidiaire, et plus particulièrement, sur l’article 15 sous c) de la directive 2004/83/CE, dit directive « Qualification », dans l’affaire Diakité (C-285/12)…”