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FALQs: The Greek Debt Crisis – Part 1

The following is a guest post by Jenny Gesley, a foreign law specialist covering Germany and other German-speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress.  Jenny has previously written a post on constitutional challenges related to the privatization of air traffic control in Germany. On July 8, 2015, the new Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos […]

What Constitutional Challenges Arise When Air Traffic Control is Privatized? A New Report Looks at the Situation in Germany

The following is a guest post by Jenny Gesley, a foreign law specialist covering Germany and other German-speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. As Congress debates the reauthorization of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which will expire in September 2015, the question of whether to privatize air traffic control (ATC) […]

Japan Moves to Increase Testing of Older Drivers

The following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a senior foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress who covers Japan and jurisdictions in South East Asia. She has previously written blog posts on “Sentencing of Parents who Kill Children in Japan“; “Cambodian Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights“; “English Translations of Post-Second […]

FALQs: Proposals to Reform Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

The following is a guest post by Tariq Ahmad, a legal analyst in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Tariq has previously blogged about Islamic Law in Pakistan – Global Legal Collection Highlights, the Law Library’s 2013 Panel Discussion on Islamic Law, Sedition Law in India, and Physician-Assisted Suicide in Canada. […]

It’s No Longer Open Season on the Basque in Iceland

This is a guest post by Wendy Zeldin, a senior legal research analyst in the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Directorate.  Having recently watched several episodes of The Eagle, whose protagonist is a troubled but brilliant Icelandic detective working in Denmark, and having followed the exploits of Arnaldur Indridason’s Detective Erlendur, I consider myself no […]

End of the War in Europe

Living in the nation’s capital can make one rather jaded.  Another presidential inauguration – another day of clogged metro and closed streets!  The Cherry Blossom Festival – the cherry blossoms are always beautiful – but again the traffic is horrendous.  But last Friday, May 8th, I witnessed a flyover of 15 World War II aircraft […]

How do Different Countries Deal with Major Public Health Emergencies?

Following the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there has been a great deal of debate both in the United States and abroad about how countries deal with major public health crises.  This included discussions about the difficulty of containing the virus in the countries hardest-hit by the epidemic and what preventative measures other countries […]