Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Greece

  • The facilitation of expatriate voting in Greece

    —Fereniki Panagopoulou, Assistant Professor at Panteion University Ι. Introduction The Greek legislature recently introduced legislation to facilitate the voting of expatriates in Greece, allowing, in this instance, voting for all expatriates registered in the electoral rolls. The previous laws had stringent conditions that made it challenging for expatriates to exercise their voting rights.

  • Mandatory vaccination for the age group of sixty and over in Greece

    —Fereniki Panagopoulou, Assistant Professor, Panteion University (Greece) The vaccination programme in Greece, notwithstanding the fact that it was impeccably organized, did not bring about the desired results. It did not convince a large part of the population and, consequently, it did not lead to the attainment of a wall of immunity.

  • The Greek Crisis–A Symptom of the EU’s Constitutional Malaise

    —Nicole Scicluna, Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), University of Birmingham The euro crisis started in Greece and to Greece it returned. Since the Syriza government’s election in January 2015, we have seen a succession of intense and sometimes acrimonious exchanges between Greek officials and representatives of the IMF, EU and member state governments, which culminated on the last weekend of June in bank closures and the announcement of a referendum on the terms of an expired bailout.

  • European Court of Human Rights Condemns Greece for Banning Same-Sex Civil Unions

    –Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Greek Refugee Appeals Authority On November 7, the European Court of Human Rights decided Vallianatos and others v. Greece, which condemned Greece for banning same-sex civil unions. Law 3719/2008 introduced civil unions within Greece as an alternative to the institution of marriage for heterosexual couples that share stable relationships, but excluded same-sex couples from its scope.

  • Golden Dawn Party Faces Prosecution

    –Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Appeals Asylum Authority, Greece One of the most important recent events in Greece has been the attempt to prosecute the far-right Golden Dawn party. The ongoing prosecution raises important questions about the proper limits of toleration for ultra-nationalist, racist parties in a democracy.

  • The Silent Greek Crisis: Nationalism, Racism and Immigration

    –Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Adjunct Lecturer, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece Ever since the early nineties Greece has become a major destination state for immigrants, mainly due to the fall of the former communist regimes of Eastern Europe. For a number of years immigrants from neighbor countries of the Balkans have resided in Greece as undocumented immigrants working in a secondary, black labor market.

  • Amending the Greek Constitution in a Time of Crisis: The Greek Socialist Party’s (PASOK) Blueprint

    –Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece On the 24th of July 2013, on the 38th anniversary of the Greek Constitution of 1975 and the return to Democracy after the ‘Colonels’ dictatorship (1967-1974), the President of the Greek Socialist Party and a well known constitutionalist, Evangelos Venizelos, presented a proposed fourth amendment of the Greek Constitution (previously amended in 1986, 2001 and 2008).

  • Facing l’etat d’exception: The Greek Crisis Jurisprudence

    —Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Adjunct Lecturer, Democritus University of Thrace Greek courts have only recently attempted to control the Memoranda entered into between the Greek state and the European Union and IMF, which impose austerity measures on the country. This judicial self-restraint has mainly been due to the extreme severity of the financial crisis.

  • Greece’s Constitutional Revision Dilemmas

    –Xenophon Contiades and Alkmene Fotiadou, Centre for European Constitutional Law Greece is about to revise its Constitution. The question is why now and towards which direction. The timing is connected to the prerequisites of the amending formula, which sets a mandatory time lapse between revisions, that is, revision of the Constitution is not permitted within five years of the completion of the previous one.

  • The Greek Austerity Measures: Violations of Socio-Economic Rights

    —George Katrougalos, Professor of Public Law, Demokritus University, Greece (gkatr@otenet.gr) Recently, the European Committee of Social Rights (the supervisory body of the European Social Charter) delivered two decisions on collective complaints, condemning Greece for violation of articles 10 and 12 of the Charter because of its austerity legislation enacted in 2010.