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03/06/2019

Berlin Cyclists Take Over Streets to Demand More Space for Bikes

Tens of thousands of cyclists have taken over the streets of Berlin as part of a campaign to make the city more bike-friendly.
Source: dw.com
28/05/2019

Pupils With Special Educational Needs to Stage Funding Protests

Children and families will hold marches this week in 25 towns across England over funding cuts they say have left many pupils without adequate support and unable to attend school.
Source: theguardian.com
28/05/2019

Russian Journalists Quit En Masse as Censorship Scandal Hits Kommersant

The entire political department of Russia’s Kommersant business publication resigned in solidarity with two veteran journalists at the newspaper who said they had been forced to step down.
Source: themoscowtimes.com
28/05/2019

Russian Youth Activists Strike for Climate Action Despite Government Resistance

In at least five Russian cities, young activists joined a worldwide strike to push for action on the global climate crisis. While the Fridays For Future climate action movement and its activists reported mass school strikes in more than 1,350 cities and 110 countries, the Russian movement has faced pushback from a government reluctant to approve public protests.
Source: meduza.io
28/05/2019

EU Citizens Denied Vote in European Elections to Sue UK Government

The government is facing the prospect of being sued by campaigners for EU citizens in the UK and British nationals abroad who were denied a vote in the European Parliament elections.
Source: theguardian.com
28/05/2019

German Catholic Women Boycott Over Lack of Reforms

German Catholic women have launched a weeklong boycott by suspending voluntary work in churches. Their protest has crystallized fury over a male-only priesthood and bishops' foot-dragging on sex scandals.
Source: dw.com
20/05/2019

Around 62% of Female Lawyers in the UK Experience Bullying at Work

Levels of bullying among female lawyers in the UK are above the international average, according to The International Bar Association (IBA) report. The study found that 62% of female respondents and 41% of male respondents had been bullied in connection with their employment. By comparison, the international averages were 55% and 30% respectively.
Source: theguardian.com
20/05/2019

Activists Storm Yekaterinburg Russia Park in Protest Against New Church

About 2,000 people have protested against a church being built on a park square in Yekaterinburg in Russia. Twenty-six people were arrested during Tuesday's clashes and there were further protests on Wednesday. Activists say building St Catherine's Cathedral on the square will destroy one of the city's few green spaces.
Source: bbc.com
20/05/2019

Swiss Vote to Tighten Gun Laws to Align With EU Rules

Results of the referendum in Switzerland showed that 63.7% of voters nationwide agreed on Sunday to toughen its laws on firearms possession in order to bring it in line with the new European Union legislation on the matter. Switzerland is not an EU member, even though it is linked to the bloc through many bilateral agreements.
Source: france24.com
20/05/2019

German Foreign Minister Supports the Necessity to Allow Russians File Complaints to ECtHR

Foreign ministers from the Council of Europe, the continent’s chief human rights watchdog, reached an agreement on Friday that opens the way for Russia to return to the Council of Europe, resolving a dispute that began after Moscow’s seizure of Crimea. The German Foreign Minister Heiko Josef Maas supported the necessity to allow Russians file complaints to the European Court of Human Rights that they would otherwise lose if Russia leaves the organisation.
Source: dw.com
07/05/2019

Thousands of German Students Protest Against Maths Exam Deemed ‘Too Difficult’

More than 60,000 people have signed the petitions launched by pupils in Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Bremen, Hamburg and Saarland, as well as in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Berlin, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt. The students call on the Ministry of Culture to adapt the scoring system for the maths section of the exam so that it matches the difficulty level.
Source: dw.com
07/05/2019

Russian Permanent Representative Mentioned a Possible Withdrawal From the European Convention on Human Rights

Russian Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe Ivan Saltanovsky said that if Russia does not find a compromise on the membership in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Moscow will consider all possible scenarios.
Source: rbc.ru