A good few weeks for Europe
The last few weeks have been good ones for Europe, and for the EU, with the success of the democratic campaign for fresh elections in Ukraine, the court decision in Britain prohibiting indefinite detention without trial and now the decision of the EU to begin accession talks with Turkey (missed the obvious pun there). Negotiations with Iran were also a qualified success, certainly by comparison with the futile sabre-rattling coming out of Washington.
I predicted in February that the start of the EU admission process for Turkey would be the biggest geopolitical event of the year. Things dind’t go precisely to plan, but in the end it didn’t matter. Tobias Schwarz at a Fistful of Euros has more
Chris Bertram at CT covers the judgement of Lord Hoffman in the decision by the House of Lords that Detaining foreign terrorist suspects without trial breaks human rights laws is incompatible with European human rights laws. Hoffman makes a ringing affirmation of all that’s best in the British constitutional tradition, but Eurosceptics should note that it’s now the European Convention on Human Rights that is protecting those traditions against the untrammeled power of the executive.
The Ukraine which was covered fairly extensively here, thanks to guest posts from Tarik Amar and Tom Oates. Apart from the outcome, it was encouraging to see the EU working well on this, and also the lesson to Putin that the era of superpower/hyperpower politics is over.
Timothy Garton Ash is well worth reading on all this.