The Romanian government wants to remove Prosecutor General Augustin Lazăr from office. Justice Minister Tudorel Toader accused him on Wednesday of abusing his powers. Lazăr is the last independent chief prosecutor of the three public prosecutors, after the other two were forced to leave office. President Klaus Iohannis has the last say. Would his dismissal be justified?
Romania's government has issued an emergency ordinance that amends the already approved judicial reforms. This means that around 50 prosecutors will have to suspend their activities.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the UK Monday to amend a new counter-terrorism bill, stating that the bill “excessively restrict[s] freedom of expression, freedom of movement, and privacy.”
In Hungary a law came into force this week that bans homeless people from living on the street. The ban will affect around 30,000 people who don't have their own home and who now face prison sentences if they are caught living on the streets after several warnings by the police.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, said that the organization might expel Russia from the member states if Moscow would not resume payments to its budget.
Poland’s Supreme Court announced Thursday that the court had added 27 new judges in a secret ceremony which took place on Wednesday afternoon. This move comes after Poland lowered the retirement age of its Supreme Court justices from 70 to 65 in September, forcing 27 judges of the 72-judge court into retirement. President Andrezj Duda promptly appointed replacement judges, who were sworn in Wednesday.
In Lithuania a row has broken out between the political class and the media. Plans have been announced under which media would have to pay in future for access to the national register, which among other things contains all the data on companies. Until now only companies and private users had to pay. Commentators complain that the move will impede their research, and criticise the plans as an attack on press freedom.