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13/10/2020

EU reportedly agrees to sanction nine senior Russian officials in response to Alexey Navalny’s poisoning

Sources familiar with the EU negotiations told the newspaper Le Monde that the sanctions will target nine Russian nationals, all either members of the Putin administration or high-ranking state security officials.

Source: DW

13/10/2020

European Parliament calls for ban on unpaid internships

With youth unemployment on the rise across the EU, and aggravated further by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, EU lawmakers called upon the European Commission and member states to increase their support for young people in precarious working conditions.

Source: Euractive

13/10/2020

Neo-Nazi guilty verdicts in Greece hailed as victory for democracy

Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party guilty of running a criminal organisation, bringing to a close what is widely considered the most important political trial in the country in decades.

Source: Balkan Insight

13/10/2020

Spanish government wants to repeal parental consent rule for abortions

Spain's government has revealed it's planning to repeal a reform on an abortion law that currently requires girls of certain ages to get parental consent before terminating their pregnancy.

Source: Euronews

06/10/2020

Macron outlines new law to prevent Islamic ‘separatism’ in France

Emmanuel Macron has announced a law against religious “separatism” aimed at freeing Islam in France from “foreign influences”. The French president outlined new measures to “defend the republic and its values and ensure it respects its promises of equality and emancipation”.

Source: The Guardian

06/10/2020

Germany to set out homeworking rights in weeks

Germany is to press ahead with strategies to offer staff members the legal right to work from house, the nation’s labour minister has stated, as the coronavirus pandemic triggers federal governments to think about significant reforms in the world of work.

Source: Reporter

06/10/2020

Italian far-right leader Matteo Salvini in court over migrant detention claims

Italy's far-right chief Matteo Salvini appears in court for allegedly illegally detaining migrants at sea. Prosecutors accuse Salvini of abusing his powers as then-interior minister to block 116 migrants from disembarking from the coastguard boat last year, under his so-called "closed ports" policy.

Source: Euronews

06/10/2020

Romania advances drive to scrap former govt’s justice laws

The government has introduced draft legislation to undo the changes to the justice system carried out by the previous Social Democratic administration – which the new EU Rule of Law Report again criticised as a threat to judicial independence.

Source: Balkan Insight

06/10/2020

Russia’s Constitutional Court agrees to hear challenge against state-imposed coronavirus self-isolation measures

Russia’s Constitutional Court has agreed to weigh in on the legality of governors’ self-isolation orders during the coronavirus pandemic. The high court will hear a lawsuit from the town of Protvino against measures imposed by Moscow Regional Governor Andrey Vorobyov.

Source: Meduza

29/09/2020

Bavaria’s Söder calls for ban on combustion engines by 2035

Bavarian leader Markus Söder, head of the conservative Christian Social Union, told his party that combustion engines should be banned by 2035. He described climate change as one of the biggest problems in history.

Source: DW

29/09/2020

Russia expands its black list for the EU

Russia will expand its black list for the European Union in response to sanctions imposed by the EU. The list of the newcomers has not yet been revealed.

Source: Kommersant

29/09/2020

France doubles paternity leave to 28 days

Paternity leave in France is to double to a month with seven days mandatory. The measure will become effective in July 2021.

Source: Euronews