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A Czech Legal Revolution

A Czech Legal Revolution

Artur Ostrý orders pizzas every Friday for an in-house lunch with his colleagues in his small law office in Prague’s posh Anděl business district. Here they sit around the table in a meeting room and prepare for the revolution. No other word could better characterise the coming change to the Czech legal system from January […]

EU vs. Facebook: Fighting for the Right to be Forgotten

EU vs. Facebook: Fighting for the Right to be Forgotten

Like most of us, Max Schrems is careful about his online persona: “At the beginning I was like: ‘no pictures’,” said the 25-year-old student who has become a prominent figure in an on-going privacy rights dispute with the social networking platform Facebook. Since he founded “Europe-v-Facebook”, the campaign has become a precedent in the European […]

Working Streets Paved With Good Intentions

Working Streets Paved With Good Intentions

With the season of charity again upon us, it’s reassuring to know that sex workers, too, won’t be left out in the cold. November has, in fact, become a kind of Sex Law Month in Austria, with new legislation just passed governing prostitutes and pimps. Last year, City Councilwoman Sandra Frauenberger (SPÖ) led the initiative […]

The Slovak Fiscal Paradise Ends in a Hotel Ballroom

The Slovak Fiscal Paradise Ends in a Hotel Ballroom

On 13 November, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was scheduled to speak at the Forbes Business-Government Dialogue conference in Bratislava. Instead, Fico sent a video to the business and diplomatic leaders, astonishing the influential blue chip group painstakingly assembled by the American Chamber of Commerce. Fico’s enormous projected image told the room he was too […]

New EU Product Labeling

A law requiring EU clothing companies to clearly label products by manufacturing sites, passed by the EU Parliament Oct. 21 is expected to come into effect this year. Although some liability existed in the past, the “Made in …” statement on the labels did not always reflect a product’s true origin, consumer advocates say. The […]

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