American Surveillance and German Constitutional Law

Before I started writing mainly on energy issues as a consequence of the Fukushima accident, I had some interest in Constitutional law issues of privacy of telecommunications. I recall having translated into Japanese the 2010 decision of the German Federal Constitutional Court on storage of telecommunication metadata. I was reminded of this because of theContinue reading “American Surveillance and German Constitutional Law”

President Obama Unwilling to Stop Spying Efforts

The Snowden disclosures just got a couple of notches more serious. You know, EU politicians don’t care ever so much if the Americans are running around in the EU recording all 500 million citizens’ communications. But now SPIEGEL has disclosed that the NSA actually has bugged EU embassies, and telecommunications at the Justus Lipsius buildingContinue reading “President Obama Unwilling to Stop Spying Efforts”

Internal Market Principle and Bitcoin Regulated Market

If someone wants to set up a Bitcoin market in the EU and get a license under the MIFID (Market in Financial Instruments Directive), they would have one strategic advantage compared to getting such a license in the United States. I have not studied American law on the point in detail, but I understand thatContinue reading “Internal Market Principle and Bitcoin Regulated Market”

Japanese Translation of German Constitutional Court Decision on European Stability Mechanism

I will be speaking on Saturday at the Japanese Association for the Study of German Constitutional Cases on the decision of the German Federal Constitutional Court on the European Stability Mechanism of September 2012. For that purpose, I have prepared a Japanese translation of the decision. The original German text is here. Here is a PDFContinue reading “Japanese Translation of German Constitutional Court Decision on European Stability Mechanism”

EU Free Trade Agreements Reference Memo

The EU Commission just published a Memo on existing Free Trade Agreements as well as the state of negotiations with Japan and other nations. Noted without comment for further reference later on. I recall that I have discussed the EU-Japan negotiations in my book “Energy from the Mongolian Gobi desert“, proposing that a large scaleContinue reading “EU Free Trade Agreements Reference Memo”

EU-Japan FTA Negotiations to Start

The Council of the European Union just published a press release which says that today’s Foreign Affairs Council gave the Commission a negotiating mandate. The mandate extends to a Free Trade Agreement and also to a Framework Agreement. Both agreements will be negotiated in parallel. From the press release: The negotiating directives foresee a free tradeContinue reading “EU-Japan FTA Negotiations to Start”