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06/08/2019

“Give older people legal right to live in their own homes”

The UK’s equality watchdog has demanded that disabled and older people should have the legal right to homes in the community rather than being forced to live in institutions.
Source: theguardian.com
06/08/2019

Romania’s top court strikes down changes to criminal code as anger mounts over missing teens case

After massive street protests and warnings from the European Union, it took a gruesome murder case and a supreme court ruling to finally stop Romania's controversial judicial reform in its tracks.
Source: euronews.com
06/08/2019

Russia protests: Police arrest hundreds at Moscow rally

Demonstrators in Russia have launched fresh protests against unfair treatment of the opposition ahead of city elections in Moscow next month. Police have detained hundreds of protesters, including activist Lyubov Sobol.
Source: dw.com
30/07/2019

The Works in Sagrada Familia Legalized After 130 Years

The city of Barcelona has finally issued a building license for Sagrada Familia, the famed Roman Catholic Church designed by Antoni Gaudí. The church has stood unfinished for more than a century, but now has official permission from the city authorities to continue with its construction with a projected completion date of 2026.
Source: neweurope.eu
30/07/2019

Germany Grants 9,000 Family Reunification Permits

Germany has allowed thousands of people related to refugees with asylum status to join them. The government agreed to change the rules on family reunification for some refugees last year.
Source: dw.com
30/07/2019

New Evidence of Torture in Chechnya is Revealed

The human rights groups “Memorial” and the “Committee Against Torture,” together with the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, held a press conference where they presented new evidence of torture, abductions, and summary executions in Chechnya in January 2017. The team of journalists and activists obtained testimony from witnesses who were held at that time at the same police base that reportedly houses Chechnya’s “secret prison”.
Source: meduza.io
30/07/2019

Poland Moves to Exempt Young Workers From Income Tax

A new law that comes into effect in Poland this week will scrap income tax for roughly 2 million young workers. It's an attempt by the government to stop the dramatic brain drain Poland has experienced since it joined the European Union 15 years ago.
Source: edition.cnn.com
30/07/2019

Hungary Offers €30,000 to Married Couples Who Can Produce Three Children

The Hungarian government is offering married couples a 10 million-forint (around €30,590) loan, which they do not have to pay back if they have three children. Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party want to encourage population growth via families rather than mass immigration.
Source: euronews.com

23/07/2019

Electronic Visas Introduced for Foreigners Coming to St. Petersburg

Travellers to Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region in Russia would be able to obtain E-visas for free. The regime will be in force from October 1, 2019.
Source: tass.com

23/07/2019

20,000 People Demand Free Moscow Elections in Largest Russian Protest in Years

More than 22,000 protesters gathered in Moscow on Saturday against the exclusion of opposition candidates from the ballot for city elections in September. This is the largest demonstration in Russia in recent years.
Source: themoscowtimes.com

23/07/2019

British Journalists Slam Use of ‘Intimidating’ Lawsuits

Press freedom advocates have called for more safeguards from legal attempts to silence journalists. Without them, such lawsuits will continue to pose "a threat to media freedom and public interest advocacy."
Source: dw.com

23/07/2019

LGBTQ Activist Killed in St Petersburg

Yelena Grigoryeva, an activist for the St. Petersburg-based Alliance of Heterosexuals and LGBT People for Equal Rights, was killed on the evening of July 21. According to human rights activist Dinar Idrisov and the Russian LGBT Network, Grigoryeva had received multiple death threats both on- and offline.
Source: meduza.io