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Will Italy be Europe’s next casualty as Renzi risks all on referendum?

Matteo Renzi’s pledge on constitutional reform is starting to look as ill-starred as David Cameron’s Brexit poll

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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:

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.

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.

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?


The Economistfrom The Economist

Salami tactics

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.

May 9, 1949 – Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco, upon the death of his maternal grandfather Louis II.