The government has introduced draft legislation to undo the changes to the justice system carried out by the previous Social Democratic administration – which the new EU Rule of Law Report again criticised as a threat to judicial independence.
Russia’s Constitutional Court has agreed to weigh in on the legality of governors’ self-isolation orders during the coronavirus pandemic. The high court will hear a lawsuit from the town of Protvino against measures imposed by Moscow Regional Governor Andrey Vorobyov.
Bavarian leader Markus Söder, head of the conservative Christian Social Union, told his party that combustion engines should be banned by 2035. He described climate change as one of the biggest problems in history.
Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to end an accord with the EU allowing the free movement of people. Switzerland is not a member of the EU but has a series of interdependent treaties with Brussels which allow it to access to Europe's free trade area.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) trumpeted its return to Hungary after a 27-year hiatus, marking its third re-entry into an EU member state following the 2019 resumption of services in Bulgaria and Romania. RFE/RL’s refocus on countries where media pluralism is under threat.
The Croatian parliament has stripped three MPs of their immunity at the request of the State Prosecutor's Office for the purpose of pressing criminal charges against two of them and continuing a trial against the third.