Hungary’s parliament has to consider a draft law named the ‘Enabling Act’ that would allow Viktor Orbán’s government to rule by decree while the country is in a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decrees would stay in force until further notice. The opposition is against this law because of its indefinite duration and the powers it would grant to the government.
According to a draft decision by its 27 member states, the EU can start membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. The decision will be finalised this week and is expected to be approved.
In response to four Russian female victims’ complaints, the Russian authorities have sent their latest objections to the European Court of Human Rights. The Russian State believes that it should not be held liable and have to compensate victims in cases of domestic violence where private individuals and not public officials committed the violence.
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution — Germany’s domestic security agency — is going to run surveillance on a group known as the “Wing” (“Flügel”) within the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD). In doing so, German domestic intelligence recognizes the AfD group as a far-right extremist group that should be observed by security forces.
As part of its European Green Deal, the European Commission proposes a “right to repair” law that would increase the recycling of electronic products by forcing phone, tablet and laptop manufacturers to make their products easier to repair and reuse.
The Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria has condemned Bulgarian investigative journalist Valia Ahchieva for her “aggressive” working methods regarding the case of the chairman of Sofia City Court, Alexey Trifonov. Ahchieva has been reporting on Trifonov’s invalid Bulgarian citizenship since last April but the Supreme Judicial Council has not reacted to the evidence.
The Russian parliament has approved a significant constitutional reform that would, among other things, allow Vladimir Putin to run for president for two more terms after 2024 by resetting the number of terms that he has already completed. The Constitutional Court will review the reform before a national vote on the proposed amendments on April 22.