Press freedom in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Malta ranks among the worst in the world, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a Paris-based NGO. From journalists' murders to media take-overs by oligarchs close to state powers, the three EU states were portrayed as an embarrassment for the European Union.
The German Cabinet passed draft legislation aimed at speeding up the deportation of unsuccessful asylum seekers, but critics warn it would break EU law. The proposed law could see the asylum seekers that did not succeed detained in prison.
Police say 94 incidents reported last year for offence now punishable with jail term up to two years. Upskirting is a term used to describe the act of taking a sexually intrusive photograph up someone’s skirt without their permission.
Trash collection companies in at least nine Russian regions are at risk of shutting down over unpaid bills. Waste disposal operators may stop work due to non-payment in nine regions of the Russian Federation. The difficulties are blamed on nationwide reforms tasking regions with choosing operators to collect waste that took effect on Jan. 1. Half of the citizens don’t pay new bills.
Google and other search engines will have to pay publishers to share articles and other materials in the Internet. New copyright regulations are supposed to be implemented by the EU countries within two years.
UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha on Friday highlighted an extreme lack of adequate housing in France, as detailed in her preliminary findings. Farha’s report breaks down France’s housing issues, detailing the government’s lack of response to housing needs, the poor conditions of the existing housing supply, and the continued increase in extreme poverty and homelessness.
Russia’s Internal Affairs Ministry has prepared a bill that, if passed, would introduce stricter requirements for migrants who are deported from Russia to reimburse the costs of their own deportation.