Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Regional Citizenship

Another interesting blog regarding citizenship in Europe (in Danish).
By Kirsten M. Andersen.

The approach here is to start from a regional perspective, defining first a regional citizenship and progressively putting this concept in the broader contest of a national, european, and global citizenship.

The initiative is sponsored by the Danish Region MidtJylland. It also promotes a series of open meetings ("saloons") where this and other subjects of interests are on the agenda.

The next saloon with title "What is citizenship? What does it take to be a citizen and to get the rights of a citizen?" will be held on 12/6-2007 kl. 19:30 at Mariehøjvej 17, 8600 Silkeborg

Monday, 4 June 2007

EU Case Law

Interesting blog about the leading judgments of the European Court of Justice, the Court of First Instance, the Civil Service Tribunal and the European Court of Human Rights. Its main purpose is to summarize the recent EU case law, in order to help students and EU law researchers in their work. By Lucia Martin, PhD student at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

The case Spain vs. UK from 12-sep-2006 is about the right to vote in European Parliament elections of residents who are not citizens of the European Union. The judge here argues that a clear link between citizenship and the right to vote cannot be deduced from the Treaty provisions relating to the composition of the European Parliament and to EU citizenship. http://www.eucaselaw.info/2007/06/03/spain-v-united-kingdom-2006/

Friday, 1 June 2007

Examples of public debates on citizenship and right to vote

A couple of movies are found under the "relevant links" section to the bottom right of this page.

The first one is a debate from 1993 on the French television with Francois Mitterand regarding the right of vote of immigrants for local elections (in French). Interesting to see arguments brought to public attention already 15 years ago.

The second movie is a 30 minutes long interview with an English secondary school teacher on how citizenship should be defined. Sometime not totally convincing, some time being quite provocative too - anyway a source of inspiration for further debate.

Just click on the images to start watching the videos. The video will appear at the top of the page, right below the title.