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June 9, 2017

Ireland court strikes down asylum seeker work ban. Last week, the Supreme Court of Ireland held that laws prohibiting asylum applicants from seeking employment violate the constitutional right to work, and gave the legislature six months to propose solutions. The court noted that, because there is no statutory time period for deciding an asylum applicant’s status, the ban can indefinitely prevent an applicant from working.
German court strikes nuclear fuel tax, orders government to issue refunds. On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court of Germany found that the country’s nuclear fuel tax is unconstitutional, ruling that parliament exceeded its legislative authority when instituting the tax. The government will have to refund all payments since the creation of the tax in 2010, amounting to approximately 6.3 billion euros, plus interest.
Jordan raids restaurant for serving food during Ramadan. Last Friday, Jordanian security forces raided a restaurant for serving food during Ramadan, sparking doubts about the country’s commitment to being a civil state. Prior to the fast-breaking time, only licensed tourist facilities are allowed to serve food and drinks, provided that the service is not visible to the public.
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