Before I started writing mainly on energy issues as a consequence of the Fukushima accident, I had some interest in Constitutional law issues of privacy of telecommunications. I recall having translated into Japanese the 2010 decision of the German Federal Constitutional Court on storage of telecommunication metadata. I was reminded of this because of the … [Read more…]
The Snowden disclosures just got a couple of notches more serious. You know, EU politicians don’t care ever so much if the Americans are running around in the EU recording all 500 million citizens’ communications. But now SPIEGEL has disclosed that the NSA actually has bugged EU embassies, and telecommunications at the Justus Lipsius building … [Read more…]
Prime Minister Abe briefly talked to European Council President Van Rompuy (about 20 minutes) at the occasion of the G8 summit going on in the United Kingdom right now. Here is a short report from the Japanese Foreign Ministry (in Japanese). The most noteworthy result was that both sides agreed to hold a summit in … [Read more…]
If someone wants to set up a Bitcoin market in the EU and get a license under the MIFID (Market in Financial Instruments Directive), they would have one strategic advantage compared to getting such a license in the United States. I have not studied American law on the point in detail, but I understand that … [Read more…]
I will be speaking on Saturday at the Japanese Association for the Study of German Constitutional Cases on the decision of the German Federal Constitutional Court on the European Stability Mechanism of September 2012. For that purpose, I have prepared a Japanese translation of the decision. The original German text is here. Here is a PDF … [Read more…]
The EU Commission just published a Memo on existing Free Trade Agreements as well as the state of negotiations with Japan and other nations. Noted without comment for further reference later on. I recall that I have discussed the EU-Japan negotiations in my book “Energy from the Mongolian Gobi desert“, proposing that a large scale … [Read more…]
I very much like that moment where they say “nous aimons la France” after the song. That’s serious progress from what happened in the first half of the last Century.
The Council of the European Union just published a press release which says that today’s Foreign Affairs Council gave the Commission a negotiating mandate. The mandate extends to a Free Trade Agreement and also to a Framework Agreement. Both agreements will be negotiated in parallel. From the press release: The negotiating directives foresee a free trade … [Read more…]
The European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Statement by President of the European Council Herman van Rompoy and EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Statement by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.