• The Future of the European Union after Brexit

    Library blog - May 3, 2017

    On March 29th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) Therese May triggered article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU) in order to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU). Just this Tuesday (April 18th) Prime Minister May called for a snap UK election on June 8th 2017 in order to give the people of the United Kingdom a say in whether or not May’s government is acting in the right way in the Brexit negotiations. This blog analyzes some possible implications of the Brexit, according to the European Commission’s White Paper on the future of Europe in 2025.

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  • Sir Tim Barrow to hand-deliver article 50 letter to Donald Tusk

    News and events - March 29, 2017

    Head of UKRep to give document to European council president, signalling Britain’s intention to withdraw from EU.

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  • Sir Elihu Lauterpacht Obituary (1928-2017)

    News and events - February 13, 2017

    Sir Elihu Lauterpacht, who has died aged 88, was professor emeritus of International Law at Cambridge University, a fellow of Trinity College and founder of the Lauterpacht Center for International Law. Throughout his legal career, he was known for taking on challenging cases that broke new ground.

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  • Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation seeks Residence in the Netherlands

    News and events - February 9, 2017

    Today, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment signed a Statement of Intent together with global partners of the new project. The Centre will address the growing need for support among countries, institutions and businesses for dealing with climate change adaptation issues, such as natural disasters and economic disruptions.

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  • Congratulations Europe!

    News and events - February 7, 2017

    7 February 2017 : an historic date for Europe. It is the date on which the Maastricht Treaty was signed 25 years ago. This event laid the basis for the present-day Europe. So congratulations are therefore due to all Europeans! The silver jubilee of the Maastricht Treaty is an occasion to celebrate. It is also a very suitable occasion to assess Europe’s current position and to look ahead and to change and improve Europe where appropriate and possible.

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  • Antonio Tajani elected President European Parliament

    News and events - January 18, 2017

    Antonio Tajani elected President European Parliament

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  • European Union in 2017

    Library blog - January 5, 2017

    2016 has been a turbulent year for the European Union and its member states. Brexit, the armed conflict in Syria and Iraq, the refugee crisis, terrorism and the Italian referendum; all topics covered by the Peace Palace Library in several Library Specials and Library blogs.

    2017 promises to be a defining moment for the continuation of the ever closing Union. This blog touches upon a couple of developments which can lead to discussion within the European Union and its members.

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  • European Court of Auditors

    Library blog - October 20, 2016

    A fiercely debated issue regarding the European Union (EU) is its budget and the allocation of funds, e.g. for agricultural subsidies. Every year one of the lesser-known European institutions, the European Court of Auditors (ECA), audits the Union’s revenue and expenditures. Furthermore ECA monitors if the annual facts and figures are reliable and if the transactions comply with the applicable European rules and regulations. This blog analyzes ECA’s legal position, formal tasks and its relationship with national Courts of Auditors.

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  • Vacancy: Secretary-General of the United Nations

    Library blog - September 8, 2016

    Coming autumn the United Nations will choose a successor of mr. Ban Ki-Moon, who served the organization as Secretary-General since January 1st , 2007. In the past few months no less than twelve people (six women and six men) applied for the job, including former Prime Ministers, Secretary of States and executives of several international organizations. At this moment (Sept 8th 2016) already two candidates withdrew from the procedure. This blog will analyze this particular procedure and its legal basis. It is not meant as an endorsement for any of the candidates.

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  • Wake up call for Europe

    Library blog - June 30, 2016

    Last Thursday, June 23, the British people voted to leave the European Union in an unprecedented referendum about membership of the European Union. According to the official result 51.9% of the registered voters choose to leave against 48.1% who wanted the United Kingdom to remain a member of the European Union. This blog will assess certain aspects of the outcome of the referendum and will try to clarify what the next steps of the so-called Brexit are.

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