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Dear mr. rector, Dear team of the University of Oviedo, Dear colleagues,   First of all, many thanks to the University of Oviedo, particularly the rector, Professor Silvia Gomez and her team for making it possible to host our fourth bEUcitizen General Assembly Meeting! A conference that is held in a time of great uncertainty for European citizens, faced with rising nationalism, growing xenophobia and populism, fear and anger. These are all culminating in last week’s…

EUROPE AT A CROSSROADS   Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (University of Oxford)   THE VOTE FOR BREXIT has opened an existential phase for the future of the EU. Irrespective of the political debates over the past year or so, the British referendum at its core was not about Britain’s membership in the EU, but about how the country copes with deindustrialization, deprivation and one of the highest levels of inequality in Europe. “Privatized Keynesianism” (C. Crouch) helped to conceal…

Five thousand people in Calais wanting to cross the Channel to the UK has meant my inbox is overflowing with invitations for interviews and top lines on ‘what is to be done’. What is striking about these requests is how many ask for brevity. ‘Tell us what you would do about Calais in 50 words. Be as specific as possible’, asked one journalist. The flood of requests (or perhaps I should say ‘swarm’) encapsulates what I find to be a real dilemma working in the field of ‘migration…

The devastating earthquakes in Nepal during April 2015 brought to the attention of the Israeli public an additional, completely different issue - surrogacy. During recent years, Nepal became a popular surrogacy destination for Israeli singles and same-sex couples. In the past year alone, more than 60 babies were born and tens more are expected to be born in the coming months. The presence of Israelis in the disaster area due to surrogacy processes, which are forbidden for same-sex couples in…

If a low-income family living in the Netherlands moves to Austria, should they be entitled to the same housing benefit they would have had if they were still living in the Netherlands? Or if a homosexual couple living in the UK has adopted a baby boy, and then decide to move with the child to Ireland where there is no law regulating the adoption of children among same-sex couples, should the baby boy still be considered the couple’s son in Ireland? Family rights and the legal definition of…

A little more than a year has passed since the Croatian citizens voted on a referendum to introduce the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the national constitution. Inspired by recent Slovak referendum on same-sex marriage and adoption rights, this article will give a brief overview of the developments related to the referendum in Croatia as well as its legal, social and political ramifications. After the dissolution of SFR Yugoslavia, Croatia went through two…

Last week, which was my second in office, I travelled to Copenhagen for a bEUcitizen meeting. The plane was packed with businessmen and elegant people doing Christmas shopping. Having been busy lately with the project, with my book, and with my baby, I did not have time – and, to some extent, money – to buy myself nice clothes and shoes after the pregnancy, neither to go to the hairdresser’s. In the rush, I packed two half pair of black shoes apart from the comfortable, unpolishable…

Hanna had served as an Austrian civil servant for twenty years, so she said, "Master, my time is up; now I should be glad to leave Austria and go to another EU country to perform the same job and enjoy my EU citizenship". The master answered: "You have served me faithfully and honestly; as the service was, so shall the reward be. But you first must find out your change in pension claims. If you take up the same job in the Netherlands you will become an employee and have to quit your Austrian…

Children are among the people who encounter most barriers to the recognition of citizenship, generally understood as the set of rights and obligations that make a person the member of a community. In fact, legal clinics can help children become active citizens by making them aware of their rights and enabling them to take an active role in their own protection against abuse, violence and exploitation. This is nothing new for countries where legal clinics have long been well known, both as a…

For European citizens to claim rights on the basis of EU law – save for special circumstances – there should be an interstate requirement. Or, in other words, European citizens should have exercised their free movement rights before a number of important rights attached to European citizenship becomes available. This interstate element is vital, as it is about the division of competences between the EU and its Member States. If the cross-border requirement is not met, national law will…