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About Europarties, and other Political Foundations at European Level

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Reading Grahnlaw, I found links to: Call for proposals IX-2011/01 — ‘Grants to political parties at European level’; OJEU 24.6.2010 C 164/12 – The total sum, subject to approval by the budgetary authority, is EUR 17 400 000, in order to be eligible, the political party at European level must satisfy the conditions laid down […]

Beyond Liberal Democracy – Updated!

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On my last day in Budapest, I bought a book from the University Bookshop: Daniel A. Bell. Beyond Liberal Democracy. Princeton University Press Princeton and Oxford, 2006. Most books are nowadays also available as e-books, but I wanted to read something on my travel back to Estonia, and strangely the CEU bookshop cannot be characterized […]

The New Presidency of the European Council in Action

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Preparing for the CEU exam, and trying to answer the question about the impetus for the new European Council Presidency, I first started to think about the Belgium Presidency of the Council of the European Union that began on 1 July 2010 and is paving the way for the Hungarian Presidency from 1 January to 30 […]

Conference „New Values after the Lisbon Treaty“

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Conference hall.

I attended the conference „New Values after the Lisbon Treaty“ today, 7 July 2010, organized by the Pázmány Péter Catholic University. The conference began with registration and welcome buffet (Hungarian kitchen – food as part of identity), and was structured as follows: 14.00-14.10 Welcoming words by György Fodor, Rector of the Pazmany Catholic University 14.10-14.30 Message of […]

Universal vs. Liberal Democracy?

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Khan, Ali (2003) A Theory of Universal Democracy: Beyond the End of History

I am revising one of my articles that I had proposed years ago to an Estonian social science journal. The article is about making of primary and secondary laws in the European Union in the context of universal and state-centred theories. Looking for the appropriate contextual framework, and hoping to bring clearly out distinction between human […]

Entry into force of Protocol 14 to the ECHR

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On 1st of June 2010, Protocol No. 14 to the ECHR entered into force (Link to the Press Release). Protocol No. 14, inter alia, foresees the possibility that the EU accedes to the ECHR. The other major changes are that the judges are now elected for a period of nine years, and they may not […]

Informal Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Tallinn

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The Secretary General of the NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, held a speech in Tallinn, Estonia on 22nd April 2010. Link to the speech: Just a personal fact, but good to know is that Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s great great grandfather was a merchant who settled in Tartu – the town, where I was born and officially live – […]

On Ensurance of Fair Trial Rights, Negotiation Directives, and Next Steps on Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

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On 9th March 2010, the European Commission proposed legislation that hopefully helps people exercise their fair trial rights anywhere in the EU when they cannot understand the language of the case: On 17th March 2010, the European Commission proposed negotiation directives for the EU’s accession to the ECHR: On 18th March 2010, Viviane […]

On Interparliamentary Relations

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To create some more order, here are some links to parliaments and their relations in Europe: Interparliamentary websites: COSAC ECPRD – The European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation Council of Europe IPU: Inter-Parliamentary Union ASGP: Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments EP Relations with National Parliaments   Exchanging information among parliaments: IPEX – Interparliamentary EU Information Exchange;jsessionid=86722EDF4D8F90ED0FF1CB8769797C0D Database […]

On WTO-related Academic Governance

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I am not fully competent to estimate, whether Estonia could have benefited by participation in the particular programme introduced followingly, but it is obvious that the research involving categories of economics (included dissertations on EU competition law, two of which  I have supervised in the University of Tartu that mostly have reflected the facts, case-law, and the Estonian State […]

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