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Between Rhetoric and Reality: 
Consensus on the UK’s Role 
in Union External Action Post-Brexit?


Keywords: Brexit – EU – transition – external action – Draft Withdrawal Agreement – UK.

The EU Commission’s Draft Withdrawal Agreement (“the Agreement”)[1] prompted a strong response from Theresa May: “No UK prime minister could ever agree to it”....

European Citizens’ Initiatives, Greek Debt and Court of Justice: The Final Chapter


Abstract: For the first time the Court of Justice – in its Grand Chamber composition – has ruled upon the registration phase of a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) and, consequently, on the framework of the Commission’s powers in this respect. The ECI entitled “One Million Signatures for a Europe of Solidarity” – aimed at introducing in the EU economic and monetary...

L’attesa sentenza “Taricco bis”: brevi riflessioni


Abstract: The purpose of this work is to analyze the decision of the Court of Justice in M.A.S. judgment (Court of Justice, judgment of 5 December 2017, case C-42/17, M.A.S. and M.B. [GC]), after the reference for preliminary ruling of the Italian Constitutional Court, concerning the connection between the internal principle of...

Il seguito del caso Taricco: l’Avvocato generale Bot non apre al dialogo tra Corti


Abstract: The reference of the Constitutional Court for a preliminary ruling under Art. 267 TFEU in the follow-up of the Taricco case (Court of Justice, judgment of 8 September 2015, case C-105/14, Taricco et al. [GS]) should not be read as a bold challenge to the Court of Justice’s ruling, but as an opportunity for a real dialogue...

Positioning Efler in the Current Narrative of European Citizens’ Initiatives


Abstract: Efler (General Court, judgment of 10 May 2017, case T-754/14, Efler et al. v. Commission) is the last in a stream of cases dealing with the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). This Insight seeks to position Efler in the current narrative of ECIs taking into account the Commission’s powers – as well as...

Brexit: Theresa May’s Red Lines Get Tangled up in Her Red Tape. A Commentary on the White Paper


Abstract: The 29 March 2017 is now set to become the historical day Art. 50 TEU was triggered for the first time ever. Equally, unprecedented negotiations, in which the United Kingdom and the European Union will settle their divorce, will follow. With the aim of proving that the UK Government has the necessary negotiating strategy, it recently...

Dinamarca contraataca: el caso Ajos, un nuevo desafío para el diálogo judicial


Abstract: On 6 December 2016, the Supreme Court of Denmark delivered its judgment in the Ajos case (no. 15/2014, DI acting for Ajos A/S v. The estate left by A.). The Danish Court surprisingly disregarded the guidelines provided by the Court of Justice in its preliminary ruling of April 19, 2016. With its decision, the Supreme...

El Sistema Constitucional de la Unión Europea en Liza: Recapitulando el Caso Miller


Abstract: This Insight analyses the decisions in Miller et al. v. Secretary of State for exiting the European Union (UK High Court, judgment of 3 November 2016, [2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin); UK Supreme Court, judgment of 24 January 2017, [2017] UKSC 5) focusing on the constitutional implications of the Brexit for the United Kingdom and...

“Clash of Titans” 2.0. From Conflicting EU General Principles to Conflicting Jurisdictional Authorities: The Court of Justice and the Danish Supreme Court in the Dansk Industri Case


Abstract: The present Insight focuses on the reception by the Danish Supreme Court (judgment of 6 December 2016, no. 15/2014, DI acting for Ajos A/S v. The estate left by A.) of the Court of Justice decision in the Dansk Industri case (judgment of 19 April 2016, case C-441/14 [GC]). Instead of disapplying a national...

EU Law and Extradition Agreements of Member States: The Petruhhin Case


Abstract: The Insight analyses the recent judgment of the Court of Justice in the Aleksei Petruhhin v. Latvijas Republikas Ģenerālprokuratūra case (judgment of 6 December 2016, case C-182/15). The preliminary ruling deals with the relationship between EU law and Member States’ extradition agreements with third countries. The...