The reserve around Mont Blanc, which will be created by the end of 2020, will have rules restricting the number of visitors, especially during the summer. Other new environmental measures, announced by France, include the creation of the French Office of Biodiversity and stopping the government’s purchase of single-use plastics from July.
The ECHR has ruled that Spain did not violate the European convention on human rights six years ago when it deported two men who tried to climb the fence separating Morocco and Spain. Human rights groups now accuse the ECHR of “ignoring the reality” on the ground, and they worry that the ruling will set a dangerous precedent in the European Union.
The State Duma deputies and Federation Council senators included in the Russian government’s working group for constitutional amendments have proposed giving the country’s former presidents the right to join the Federation Council for life.
A lucrative citizenship for investment scheme run by Cyprus has been under scrutiny both in Cyprus and abroad after the disclosure that some of the beneficiaries were high-ranking officials from foreign countries. In recent years, more than 3,500 people have gained citizenship under this scheme.
Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed into law divisive legislation that allows judges to be punished for questioning and criticising the national judicial system. Judges can now be made to pay fines, be demoted or fired if they go against the authority of other judges or courts. The European Commission is going to analyse whether the Polish law complies with EU law.
The new government in Finland has announced a reform of family benefits that aims to give all parents the same parental leave, in an attempt to get fathers to spend more time with their children. Paid allowance would be increased to a combined 14 months, meaning 164 days of parental leave for each parent, and pregnant women would receive an additional month’s allowance.
In the city of Penza, seven Russian anarchists and anti-fascist activists have been sentenced to between six and 18 years in penal colonies for allegedly planning terrorist attacks. Human rights groups and lawyers argue that the charges have been fabricated and accuse authorities of torturing the seven men into confessing.
A new law creating a special registry for non-governmental organisations, their employees and partners has been adopted in Greece. The bill is designed to help the government regulate and control actors involved in the migration crisis management, including the actors’ activities.