The EU Commission proposed on Tuesday (15 January) to extend majority voting to all EU tax policies by the end of 2025 - a highly-sensitive issue, as member states guard their tax policies fiercely.
Federal lawmakers in Russia say they are opposed to sending a delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for this year’s Winter Session in Strasbourg, rejecting an invitation from General Secretary Wojciech Sawicki.
Several cases of sexual abuse of children by refugees or asylum seekers in Finland have led to heated disputes in Finland about migration and criminal law. The parliament decided to raise the maximum punishment for the sexual abuse of children from four to six years.
Italy's government approved the implementation of two central election promises: the citizens' income, a scheme that could benefit millions of people. And a pension reform that could lower the age of retirement for around 350,000 Italians. The Italian press is sceptical.
Prosecutor General's Office of Russia, as well as the Russian Federal Media Regulator (Roskomnadzor), and the Russian Justice Ministry do not support the ban on fake news and “indecent” posts about the about the state authority.
The Lithuanian parliament is currently debating a proposal put forward by the Radio and Television Commission aimed at banning information deemed to be damaging for the state. The way in which such content is being defined has commentators alarmed.
The French government is considering tougher measures against violent rioters who hijack legitimate protests, possibly mirroring existing laws that identify and ban known football hooligans.
Malta struck an agreement with eight other EU members Wednesday to relocate 49 migrants who have been stranded in Maltese waters after countries initially refused to allow them to disembark.