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09/02/2021

Czech court opens way for smaller parties before October election

The Czech Republic’s Constitutional Court cancelled parts of the country’s election laws that favored bigger political parties, leaving lawmakers scrambling to agree amendments before a planned parliamentary election in October.

Source: Reuters

09/02/2021

Russian human rights activists seek criminal case against police for violating coronavirus regulations

The Russian human rights organisation “Public Verdict” has asked state investigators to launch a criminal case against police officials for violating sanitary and epidemiological rules while detaining protesters amid the pro-Navalny rallies on January 23 and 31.

Source: Meduza

09/02/2021

Top German court rules war crimes committed abroad can be tried in Germany

The Federal Court of Justice has ruled foreign soldiers are not protected from prosecution for war crimes in Germany. The ruling could have wide-ranging implications for ongoing war crimes trials in the country.

Source: DW

02/02/2021

Tension grows in Austria over the deportation of three young girls to Georgia and Armenia

The Austrian government is being criticised for expelling the children, who are considered to be "well-integrated" into Austrian society, especially amid the coronavirus crisis.

Source: Euronews

02/02/2021

Groups put French state on legal notice over police racism

Six non-governmental organisations put the French state on notice to force it to address “systemic discriminatory practices by the police”. They accused the government of neglecting its duty to end discriminatory police identity checks — a practice they said was “widespread, deeply rooted in the policing.”

Source: The New York Times

02/02/2021

European Court to consider Navalny poisoning case against Russia

Navalny’s legal team argues Russia violated his right to life under the European Convention on Human Rights by refusing to open a criminal case into his poisoning with a nerve agent last August.

Source: RFERL.org

02/02/2021

The Senate of Berlin passed Germany’s first Pedestrian law

A new law passed in Berlin aims to protect pedestrians and increase their priority as traffic participants. In particular, it will allow to increase the he green areas and install more benches.

Source: DW

Portuguese parliament approves euthanasia law

The bill now goes to the head of state to sign into law. However, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa opposes the measure. He could send it back for further review by lawmakers or call for a ruling from the Constitutional Court.

Source: Politico.eu

26/01/2021

European Parliament demands sanctions against Putin’s inner circle and Russian oligarchs over Navalny’s detention

The European parliament has adopted a resolution calling on EU member states to “significantly strengthen” sanctions against Russia and stop work on completing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to the arrest of opposition figure Alexey Navalny.

Source: Meduza

26/01/2021

Kaja Kallas to become Baltic nation’s first female prime minister

Estonia’s two biggest political parties clinched a deal to form a new government to be led by a female prime minister for the first time in the Baltic country’s history, replacing the previous Cabinet that collapsed into a corruption scandal.

Source: Euronews

26/01/2021

EU lawmakers call for targets to reduce raw material use

Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee will call for legally-binding targets to reduce raw material use.

Source: Euractiv

26/01/2021

Hungary orders LGBT publisher to print disclaimers on children’s book

Hungary’s government, which has made hostility to LGBT people a central part of its right-wing agenda, ordered a publisher to print disclaimers identifying books containing “behaviour inconsistent with traditional gender roles”.

Source: The Guardian