Charlemagne, the European columnist of the Economist wrote an Op-Ed earlier this month on Europe's two highest Courts: Supreme muddle - Europe’s highest courts can be annoying, but they do more good than harm. The gist of the article is that even though the two, the ECJ and the ECtHR, might at times be annoying to politicans, on the balance it is good that we have them (sic!). The article is neither very positive, nor very negative. As Charlemagne says "Judicial nonsense should be restrained wherever possible but may be a price worth paying for the protection of Europe’s prosperity and freedom." Note the "may" in that latter sentence: not really a wholehearted statement of support!