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French Constitutional Crisis Over Labor Laws Ahead of Huge Strike

The Republican-dominated French Senate is set for a showdown with France's Socialist-led government over controversial changes to the much-prized French labor laws - known as the Code du travail - is a move destined to test the French constitution. Read more:

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Addressing PACE, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told parliamentarians: “Turkey is an inseparable part of Europe”. He said Turkey saw the Council of Europe as one of its main partners in bringing about future reforms, and declared that the Council’s standards – including those of the European Convention – constituted a “guiding light” for Turkey.

Moscow and Washington have agreed to work with the government in Kyiv to ensure respect for the rights of national minorities, the disarmament of provocateurs, implementation of constitutional reform and the holding of elections.

Ukraine has been wracked with ceaseless demonstrations for weeks as protesters demand constitutional reform and a closer relationship with Europe instead of Russia. A breakthrough finally came Tuesday: Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government resigned. With the adoption of the Constitution, this document served as the foundation on which our representatives began making laws for the country. Why do we need law in a country?

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THE Venice Commission has pronounced on Hungary’s constitutional changes—and its verdict is damning. The commission, which advises the Council of Europe on constitutional matters, criticises laws on judicial reform, on media oversight and on state recognition of churches.

Turkey's president says all he wants is same powers as Hitler

In a world first, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan uses Hitler's Germany as a positive role model for his constitutional reforms

Turkey's president says all he wants is same powers as Hitler

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) wants to give himself powers similar to Adolf Hitler

Ivan Longinovich Goremykin served as Tsar Nicholas II's Prime Minister from 1914 to 1916. He was a strong opponent of any type of constitutional reform.


Euro Lawmakers Slam Polish Government Over Media and Constitution Reforms

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In the course of their studies in Europe, some members of the new Ottoman elite concluded that the secret of Europe's success rested not just with its technical achievements but also with its political organizations. Moreover, the process of reform itself had imbued a small segment of this elite with the belief that constitutional government would be a desirable check on autocracy and provide them with a better opportunity to influence policy.

Ottoman Parliament 1877 - Meclis-i Mebusan - the first Constitutional Era covers the period between the years of 1876-1878, it was the first and the last parliament in which every millet in the Empire was represented.

Cameron’s approach to a British Bill of Rights lacks solutions and is essentially unconservative in nature. Read more here: (Photo: Nick Atkins Photography via Flickr)


Hungary's Orban Calls EU Liberalism a 'Sclerotic Ideology'

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has poured scorn on European liberalism, insisting that a change in Europe is necessary. He called for a new EU constitutional convention that restores more powers to nation states and weakens Brussels.

In 1848 Europe experienced nearly-coinciding revolutions in different regions led by activists and rebels who sought constitutional and democratic governments to replace authoritarian regimes. Though initially these revolutions were unsuccessful in achieving their aims of reforming the conservative political landscape, they did have significant impacts in Italy, France, Austria and Germany, where they influenced the course of future political change.

What Lords reform tells us about asymmetric coalitions in the Commons. Read Tim Leunig's piece here: (Photo Credit: UK Parliament via Flickr)