Legal Dialogue

21/01/2020

EU launches “fair minimum wage” initiative

The EU Commission has started talks with businesses and trade unions to ensure a fair minimum wage for all EU workers. However, the body said that they are not aiming to set up a "one-size-fits-all" system.

Source: Deutsche Welle

14/01/2020

Half a year later, police officers who arrested journalist Ivan Golunov face criminal charges

Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case against the police officers who arrested Russian journalist Ivan Golunov. Golunov was arrested on June 6, 2019, when he said police planted drugs on him and framed him for intent to distribute.

Source: Meduza

14/01/2020

In Germany, businessman was convicted of supplying materials for missiles production to Russia

A court in Hamburg sentenced a 69-year-old entrepreneur to seven years in prison for supplies of materials for the production of missiles bypassing EU sanctions against Russia.

Source: Vedomosti

14/01/2020

Belgian doctors face trial in country’s first euthanasia case

Three Belgian doctors go on trial for murder for helping a woman end her life, in the country’s first criminal case concerning euthanasia.

Source: Reuters

14/01/2020

UK to begin crackdown on human rights abusers

Britain is preparing to activate a new post-Brexit sanctions regime, with foreign secretary Dominic Raab planning to freeze the assets of Russian citizens and those of other countries deemed responsible for human rights abuses.

Source: Financial Times

14/01/2020

Malta’s new leader promises to keep strengthening rule of law

Malta’s incoming leader Robert Abela promised to strengthen the rule of law and said the country would emerge stronger after recent events, in an address a day before he is due to succeed Joseph Muscat as prime minister. Muscat is stepping down following an investigation into the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Source: Reuters

06/01/2020

Anti-Kremlin activist forcibly conscripted to Arctic was kidnapped, say allies

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said that the forcible military conscription of one of his allies to a remote air base in the Arctic amounted to kidnapping and illegal imprisonment.

Source: Reuters

06/01/2020

German arms exports shoot to record high, Hungary biggest buyer

Three years of falling weapons and military hardware exports have gone into reverse, reaching almost €8 billion in 2019. The figures have been criticized as proving that controls on weapons deliveries are not working.

Source: DW

06/01/2020

Estonian branch of Russian news agency stops working after all employees resign, fearing prosecution

The news agency Sputnik Estonia, which is owned by the Russian state media conglomerate Russia Today, has ground to a halt after every one of its 35 employees resigned.

Source: Meduza