On February 9, 2016, the US Supreme Court, in an extraordinary interim decision, stayed the the Clean Power Plan that had been announced by President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August 2015. The 5-4 decision halts the implementation of the Plan pending judicial review in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It was handed down after the D.C. Circuit had denied a similar request. Continue reading
The sense of sharing one densely packed high-rise that is home to two hundred separate families was never stronger than during the final days of the December 2015 climate negotiations in Paris (COP21).
Does the European Union have to take into account the interests of third parties when it enters into an international agreement? According to the General Court of the European Union, the answer to this question is in the affirmative. Continue reading
In a press conference (31 August, 2015) German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed Germany’s commitment to taking in significant number of asylum-seekers and called for other EU countries to share the burden. Acknowledging that this will be a “huge national challenge … not only for days or months but for a long period of time” she emphasized that this was not a mere matter of charity, but of a duty to respect the “universal civil rights” of the refugees:
“If Europe fails on the question of refugees, if this close link with universal civil rights is broken, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for.”
For excerpts from the press conference see Deutsche Welle, “Merkel warns that refugee crisis tests Europe’s core ideals.”