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  1. kaya'08

    The Last Resistance? Turkish Government At War With Top Constitutional Judge

    Turkey’s top judge has harshly slammed the government over its interventions into the judiciary and its strongly worded criticisms of the Constitutional Court’s verdicts, accusing it of committing “a corruption of conscience” against justice. The Court has been responsible for overturning the...
  2. kaya'08

    Odd eating selections

    Oh my god it's unbelievable.
  3. kaya'08

    Odd eating selections

    I like to cover my Pizza in ketchup. Weird.
  4. kaya'08

    Is EU's Democratic Deficit A Myth?

    Oh and Peter, I don't consider it misleading to say Ministers are indirectly elected. They are indirectly elected. Ministers are not appointed by majority in elections anywhere in the EU.
  5. kaya'08

    Is EU's Democratic Deficit A Myth?

    Well, no, the Commission’s formally exclusive right of legislative initiative is the most obvious way for it to set the primary EU’s political agenda. By the way, are you sure that the Commission cannot act independently by introducing it's own proposals? Do you read one paragraph and respond...
  6. kaya'08

    Is EU's Democratic Deficit A Myth?

    You've actually stated my case perfectly. According to the facts you lay out: The Commission has the ability to submit draft proposals and thus set the agenda. The Commission may dismiss a suggestion from the only directly elected European authority but not the indirectly elected CoM (and...
  7. kaya'08

    Is EU's Democratic Deficit A Myth?

    That's not really true. The Commission has a virtual monopoly on the introduction of legislation into the legislative process and is an agenda setter for the EU as a whole. And while the Commission frequently introduces legislation at the behest of the Council or upon the suggestion of...
  8. kaya'08

    Is EU's Democratic Deficit A Myth?

    Van Rompuy chairs the Council, and like Schultz he has no material power aside from acting as a mediator. In fact Shultz in particular performs functions very similar to those of a "Speaker". In what country do they elect there House speaker? I would say the inability of people to recognize a...
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    Is EU's Democratic Deficit A Myth?

    The Commission is usually directed to draw up legislation by the Union legislatures, but does sometimes take its own initiative to draw up legislation if it anticipates a constitutional crises or the need to resolve some other foreseeable issue that could arise. But anything that comes out of...
  10. kaya'08

    Is EU's Democratic Deficit A Myth?

    I don't think it's a good idea to politicize the Commission, and it will hardly enhance it's legitimacy. But what we do want to see is an end to the Commission and its legislative initiative, because I think it is abhorrent that such a constitutional right should rest with technocrats, and not...
  11. kaya'08

    Is EU's Democratic Deficit A Myth?

    The requirements (in most cases) that the CoM and EP agree on legislation on a QMV basis and the added legislative oversight by technocrats, judges, national parliaments, together with the constitutional checks of proportionality and subsidiarity mean that EU governance is, as you say, held at...
  12. kaya'08

    Is EU's Democratic Deficit A Myth?

    And finally the conclusion: These are just brief excerpts of the actual paper. Great read. Enjoy and debate.
  13. kaya'08

    Is EU's Democratic Deficit A Myth?

    Excerpts from "In Defence of the 'Democratic Deficit': Reassessing Legitimacy in the European Union" by Andrew Moravcsik
  14. kaya'08

    Pot problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization Read more: [W:212]

    Re: Pot problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization Read more: Pot probl Are you finding it difficult to distinguish these things with recreational drug use? The human appetite to experience something beyond what their senses can provide is not something that the law will ever...
  15. kaya'08

    Pot problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization Read more: [W:212]

    Re: Pot problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization Read more: Pot probl I remember reading about the time politicians first started to campaign for the prohibition of Marijuana in the U.S, it was during a period when uptake was really high among the African Americans (why else...
  16. kaya'08

    Should we protect whistle blowers when....

    Yes pinqy, that is why the point of the OP is to promote discussion on making the law more flexible towards whistle blowers. So the issue is no longer "he broke a law, therefore must be arrested" but instead "he broke a law but under what circumstances, given the contents of the leaks, is this...
  17. kaya'08

    Pot problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization Read more: [W:212]

    Re: Pot problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization Read more: Pot probl Please refer, once again:
  18. kaya'08

    Pier Morgan thinks Ann Coulter is an illegitimate daughter of Dick Cheney

    I don't know how relevant the truth in this particular discussion, but Piers asked if Coulter would date Maher, he didn't state it as fact anywhere. Piers also played a clip of Maher joking that she is the illegitimate daughter of Cheney, and jokingly asked Coulter if she was, but didn't state...
  19. kaya'08

    Pot problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization Read more: [W:212]

    Re: Pot problems in Colorado schools increase with legalization Read more: Pot probl Actually, regulating the drug introduces product and age controls in what is currently a black market that is much more accessible to minors and completely uncontrolled. So other than this one shabby...
  20. kaya'08

    The Mediterranean Sea: A migration border

    I don't see how accepting 70 million migrants to fight a few more is a good strategy.
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