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In Grzelczyk, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) stated that: “Union citizenship is destined to be the fundamental status of nationals of the Member States.” Although the ECJ has refrained from explaining what this ‘fundamental’ status entails, it has been argued that if EU citizenship is really destined to be the fundamental status of Member State nationals, all Member State nationals, including children, should feel the effect of that status, irrespective of the exercise of free…

European Court of Justice, C‑432/14, “0” v. Bio Philippe Auguste SARL, 1 October 2015. In summer 2010 a university student (anonymously called Student “zero” in the CJEU ruling) decided to spend part of his winter vacation working in France. He was recruited by Bio Philippe Auguste SARL, under a fixed-term employment contract for the period from 21 December 2010 to 24 December 2010. On the expiry date of his contract, on Christmas eve, he was informed that he would not have…

The new ‘settlement’ for the UK - EU Citizens, Social Rights and Brexit  After long hours of negotiations the European Council reached a ‘new settlement’ on the EU membership of the United Kingdom. The British electorate will now vote in an ‘in-out referendum’ on 23 June 2016 whether to remain or leave the EU. Core to the decision for significant parts of the electorate is the compromise with regard to…

Keywords: nationality, double-nationality, secession, succession of States, EU Citizenship.   The political process opened at the regional level in Catalonia, claiming the independence from Spain, has opened many questions on different matters connected to States succession, amongst them, the nationality of those people involved in the process. The whole process is depicted by those promoting it as an only positive possibility that will not entail any negative consequences, beginning by the…

  The up-coming referendum in the UK on EU-membership is a suitable occasion for a more general reflection on popular votes, democracy and European integration. Conventional wisdom holds that political integration to higher levels of political unity has led to the transformation of democracy from direct democracy in city-states to representative democracy in nation-states. But direct voting, as opposed to…

  The macabre title of the present blog would be provocative if it did not correspond to the actual reality. Only during the last four days of October over thirty people have lost their lives while attempting the maritime passage from the Turkish coast to some Greek island; almost half of them infants and children. During the same month of October some 218.000 asylum seekers – the same number as for the entire year 2014 – have attempted the crossing.

By Sara Stendahl and Otto Swedrup Recently, there has been an ongoing debate among NGO’s, government representatives and legal scholars regarding access to education for children of migrating EU-citizens in Sweden. This debate has reached ministerial level calling for the Minister of Justice to issue a statement on the matter.   The main focus of the debate concerns whether or not children of migrating EU-citizens (mainly individuals of the Roma minority originating from Romania…

By Luis Antonio Fernández Villazón In the last few years the EU Institutions have adopted several instruments that highlight the necessity of giving special protection to “vulnerable groups” or to “the most vulnerable”. That is the case with the Europe 2020 Strategy; one of its flagship initiatives is the European Platform against Poverty. The…

You saw the pictures of active police mistreatment and of sheer and simple official abandonment. Hopefully, by now you also saw the pictures of wide-spread volunteer help. There is an immense amount of information, analysis and evaluation over the refugee situation in Hungary in the media in recent days (in fact, it should have been weeks or months). Much of the information is correct, but some of it is certainly missing, misleading or false. In any case, this post wishes to give you an…

In Spain, European citizens have the same right of access to housing as Spanish nationals, provided they are registered on a municipal housing register, and under the same conditions and with the same standards as the latter. There are no differences with aid for nationals; i.e. in Autonomous programs for access to housing for young people. Social housing in Spain is linked to emergencies rather than something that newly arrived foreigners  can avail of, which in fact represents a weakness…