Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as “digital gangsters”.
Pope Francis presented a 21-point plan on the first day of the summit on sexual abuse taking place in the Vatican. Among other things the plan foresees an aptitude test for priest candidates and a code of conduct. Victim associations have dismissed the paper as too unspecific and inadequate.
Hungary's government wants to boost the country's birth rate with financial incentives. According to its new family plan, all women under 40 who marry for the first time will receive a loan equivalent to 30,000 euros. With every child they bear repayment of the loan will be deferred and successively waived.
Environment Minister Svenja Schulze says concerns over insect extinction have prompted demands for better safeguards. New research suggests 40 per cent of insect species could be wiped out over the next few decades.
EU negotiators have reached an agreement on the text of the controversial EU copyright reform including intellectual property rights. In future search engines are to pay money to publishers for showing excerpts of articles and platforms must take action to prevent copyright infringements. Publishers are happy while consumer advocates fear the new rules could fuel online censorship.
At the turn of the millennium, the German government passed laws aimed at boosting welfare protection for sex workers in Germany. But a new report shows the legislation is having far from the desired effect.
France's National Assembly passed a law aimed at cracking down on violent protesters in the wake of the so-called Yellow Jackets demonstrations. The law would allow administrative rather than judicial authorities to issue protest bans against certain individuals that they consider to be a serious threat to public order.