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12/11/2018

Spanish court backpedals on mortgage tax

Spain's Supreme Court has ruled that the stamp tax due on mortgages must be paid by the client and not the bank, overturning its decision of just two and a half weeks ago in the clients' favour, which had caused bank shares to plunge. According to Spain's press, the court ruling has inflicted major damage.
Source: eurotopics.net
12/11/2018

Russian state duma adopts in the first reading a draft law on children’s participation in rallies

Members of the Russian state duma adopted in the first reading amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences, implying fines and arrests for involvement of children under 18 years old in unauthorized public gatherings.
Source:  meduza.io
12/11/2018

Romania ‘using EU data protection law to silence journalists’

An award-winning journalism outlet in Romania is being threatened with fines by the country's data protection authorities - for having disclosed connections, on Facebook, of powerful politicians and a firm embroiled in scandal.
Source: euobserver.com
12/11/2018

ECJ rules Hungarian state monopoly on mobile fee payments is illegal

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Wednesday that the Hungarian state’s monopoly on mobile payment systems for public parking, road tolls and public transportation fees is contrary to EU laws.
Source: jurist.org
12/11/2018

UN rights experts welcome Spain court ruling for domestic violence victim

Experts of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Thursday said that a Spanish Supreme Court case set milestone in international human rights law.
Source: jurist.org
06/11/2018

German consumer group files class action suit against VW

German consumer organization VZBV has filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen on behalf of drivers over emissions cheating. Suit takes advantage of new law that allows such US-style joint cases.
Source: politico.eu
06/11/2018

Russian activist files first-ever lawsuit against Vkontakte for sharing user data with the police

Liliya Chanysheva, an activist who works at Alexey Navalny’s headquarters in St. Petersburg is suing the social network Vkontakte for disclosing users’ personal information to Russian law enforcement.
Source:  meduza.io
06/11/2018

New restraint law is a fitting legacy for Seni Lewis

This legislation will help ensure mental health units are the caring, therapeutic environments they should be for all patients.
Source: theguardian.com
06/11/2018

Germany court rules wife of mother not automatically child’s legal parent

The German Federal Court of Justice ruled in a judgment published Tuesday that the wife of a mother is not automatically deemed the legal co-parent of a newborn child, finding that the paternity law of the German Civil Code only applies to male-female couples. Source: jurist.org
05/11/2018

Austria rejects UN migration pact

Vienna has refused to sign the UN migration pact that its own diplomats helped negotiate. The US, Hungary and Australia had already announced their rejection of the pact. Politicians fear that other European countries may follow suit. The accord, which is not legally binding, is to be presented for approval in December. Critics frown on Vienna's decision.
Source: eurotopics.net
29/10/2018

EU votes to ban throwaway plastics by 2021

The EU Parliament voted on Wednesday in favour of banning throwaway plastic products. Prior to the vote researchers announced that they have detected plastic particles in human stool for the first time and now assume that there are no more plastic-free areas on the planet. But not all commentators are convinced that the decision passed by the MEPs will solve the problem.
Source: eurotopics.net
29/10/2018

Should Estonians with two passports give up one?

A court in Tallinn has ruled that a woman must choose between her Estonian and Russian passport, prompting many Estonians to fear that this will set a precedent and put an end to current practice. Although dual citizenship is banned by law, authorities have turned a blind eye up to now. People who could potentially be affected air their opinions and experiences.
Source: eurotopics.net