Legal Dialogue

27/04/2020

Doctors launch legal challenge to UK government over protective kit

Two British doctors who have been exposed to COVID-19 patients have launched a legal challenge against the government over what they say is a lack of protective kit and unclear guidance on when and how it should be used.

Source: Reuters

27/04/2020

Media freedoms in Bulgaria rank the worst in the EU

Bulgaria has the lowest standards of press freedom in Europe and is ranked 111th globally in terms of press freedom for a third consecutive year in the Reporters Without Borders annual edition of the World Press Freedom index, which called the country “the black sheep of the EU”.

Source: Euractiv

27/04/2020

Dutch court approves euthanasia in cases of advanced dementia

Doctors in the Netherlands are able to carry out euthanasia on patients with severe dementia without fear of prosecution even if the patient no longer expresses an explicit wish to die, the country’s highest court has ruled.

Source: The Guardian

27/04/2020

Norway supreme court to hear case against Arctic oil exploration

Norway’s supreme court will hear a lawsuit opposing the country’s Arctic oil exploration brought by Greenpeace and other environmental groups in a landmark case for Western Europe’s largest oil and gas producer.

Source: Reuters

27/04/2020

Russia won’t amnesty prisoners for Victory Day this year

Federal lawmakers are not planning to adopt legislation to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany with a general amnesty of certain prisoners.

Source: Meduza

20/04/2020

Austria becomes second EU country to exit coal

Austria officially closed its last coal-fired power plant. It has now become the second EU country to halt coal burning for electricity production after Belgium closed its last coal power plant in 2016.

Source: Euractiv

20/04/2020

Russia’s State Duma passes law allowing dual citizenship for new applicants

The State Duma has approved a law that would allow individuals to apply for Russian citizenship without losing their existing citizenship elsewhere.

Source: Meduza

20/04/2020

Poland’s ruling party seeks constitutional change to extend president’s term

Law and Justice party has proposed changing the constitution to extend President Andrzej Duda’s term by two years because of threats related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Reuters

20/04/2020

Germany plans stricter citizenship rules

Under a draft law, immigrants living in Germany under a false name would later find it extremely difficult to become citizens. The government's changes could also hamper children's chances of citizenship.

Source: DW