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The Charter of Fundamental Rights: From the Horse's mouth...

Over a year ago now, the ECJ ruled that, from December 2012, insurers can no longer offer different products and prices to men and women based on their sex, since it would constitute discrimination. We estimated that a 17 year old female driver will have to pay an extra £4,300 in insurance premiums by the time she is 26 as a consequence of the ruling.But, aside from the practical cost and barmy nature of the ruling itself (given that, for example, evidence suggests that, on average, female and male drivers present different degrees of risk), we pointed to a more fundamental issue of democracy.
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Is There a Constitutional Right to Smoke in the Park?

News : Reason (2 years ago)

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News : Reason (2 years ago)

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News / International Affairs : Open Europe (4 years ago)

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