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July 8, 2016

Polish government amends restrictions on Constitutional Tribunal. In an apparent effort to allay Western concerns in advance of today's NATO summit in Warsaw, the Polish government this week rushed to soften the constraints it imposed on the Constitutional Tribunal last fall. Critics maintain that the changes are merely cosmetic, and US President Barack Obama today insisted that "more needs to be done."
Philippine legislature considers constitutional change. The Senate of the Philippines is considering a resolution to convene a Constitutional Convention tasked with revising the country's constitution. Recently elected President Rodrigo Duterte has called for major revisions to the country's constitution, including a shift to a federal system of government.
Austria must redo presidential runoff vote. Austria's Constitutional Court ruled last Friday that the country must redo its presidential runoff election, citing irregularities in ballot counting during the May vote. Pro-EU groups are concerned that the new election, scheduled for October 2, will give far-right eurosceptic candidate Norbert Hofer another shot at the presidency, though Hofer claims he does support Austrian membership in the European Union.
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