#Europe agenda: “Why Robert Spano should resign as President of the ECtHR

Verfassungsblog – Dilek Kurban – Sep 9, 7:19 AM

On 3-5 September 2020, the ECtHR’s new president Robert Spano paid an official visit to Turkey. Spano’s visit is scandalous for multiple reasons and has caused serious damage to the reputation of the ECtHR that warrants his resignation.

French newspaper Le Monde has penned an article cricizing Robert Spano, the head of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), for his visit to Turkey.

The newspaper’s Istanbul journalist Marie Jégo has referred to Spano as a “sycophant” in the article and pointed out that Turkey has been severely violating its obligations under the ECHR.

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