Civil society groups in Romania have appealed to its president to hold urgent talks on the faltering fight against graft, as its populist government steps up demands for the dismissal of the country’s chief anti-corruption prosecutor.
The law on “foreign agents” does not go beyond the general practice in other countries and does not infringe upon the rights of applicants. This is stated in the repeated 21-page memorandum sent by the Russian representative to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Mikhail Galperin in response to a request from the court after the complaints of Ecodefense and 48 other organizations recognized as foreign agents.
Bavaria is bracing itself for the introduction of a new law under which Christian crosses will have to hang in the entrance of all public buildings. Despite opposition from prominent members of the Catholic church and leading theologians, the law will come into effect in the southern German state on Friday.
Danish lawmakers have passed a ban on wearing items of clothing in public that conceal the face, which includes some forms of Islamic dress. The government says, however, that the law is not aimed at religions.
Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church.