Prof. Erich Weede

Open Borders and Migration

Editorial note: The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Maastricht Students For Liberty. OPEN BORDERS AND MIGRATION  by Prof. Dr. Erich Weede  In principle, I am in favor of open borders, in practice I am against. Why this ambivalence and ambiguity? Let me start with the case for open borders: The West invented economic freedom, established capitalism, and overcame mass poverty before the great Asian civilizations because of disunity or the political fragmentation of Europe, because of the exit opportunities for Europeans which this political disunity provided. If exit or migration opportunities have been a…

The Catalan Question – When Law meets Justice

The Catalan Question – When Law meets Justice

The Catalan Question – When Law meets Justice ‘An unjust law is no law at all’ Martin Luther Only several weeks ago, on 18 September 2014, Europe could observe an astonishing case of direct democracy – the people of Scotland, 5,3 million, went to the ballot boxes to decide on whether or not to stay part of the United Kingdom. Running up to these, there had been long debates about whether such a vote would be rightful, who should be allowed to vote in it, and how England and the European Union would treat Scotland in the case of it…