Poland’s deputy PM and science minister Jarosław Gowin said in an interview for one of Poland’s weekly magazines that if the ECJ rules in favor of Poland’s Supreme Court and allows it to suspend domestic legislation, then the Polish government “may have no choice” but to ignore the ECJ ruling as going against the Lisbon Treaty and the “spirit of European integration” in general.
Forty-three years after the death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, the Socialist Party (PSOE) government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has begun the complex process of exhuming his remains from the Valley of the Fallen memorial site. The Cabinet approved a legislative decree that will add a pair of articles to the Historical Memory Law to legally safeguard the exhumation.
The regulation will mean anyone wanting to buy or home a puppy or kitten will have to deal directly with the breeder or rehoming centre, pledging to end the trade of unscrupulous breeders who keep animals in filthy and cramped conditions and force some to be pregnant many times over.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is reportedly being probed for his role in preventing migrants rescued at sea from disembarking in Sicily. Meanwhile, a deal has been reached to allow the migrants to leave the ship.
Human Rights Council under the President of Russian Federation suggests to decriminalize breach of the sanctity of religion when it comes to public actions aiming to insult the religious feelings of a believer (part 1, article 148 of the Penal Code). Instead, it is suggested to complement the Code of Administrative Offences with the so-called “aggravated insult”. If the amendments are approved by the members of the council, the document will be forwarded to the Russian Popular Front and to the law enforcement agencies.
The international human rights group Agora launched the “Apology of Protest” project that will specialize in helping those detained at mass protesters. The head of the new legal service, Aleksey Glukhov, told MediaZone how his colleagues are going to work in the regions, and what the detainees can expect at the European Court of Human Rights.
The European Commission moved closer on Tuesday (14 August) to a possible referral of Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU over Poland's new law on the country's Supreme Court. The EU executive sent Poland a 'reasoned opinion' – the next step on the escalation ladder of the so-called infringement procedure, which the commission opened last month.
A Turkish court has released Taner Kilic, the local honorary chairman of Amnesty International, from prison. Kilic, who has been in jail for a year as his trial continued, was charged with supporting a U.S.-based cleric whom Ankara blames for a July 2016 failed coup.
Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday refused to sign into law a change to the way the country elects members of the European Parliament, which critics say would have squeezed out all but the largest parties.