The Greek Parliament voted 153-146 Friday to ratify an agreement to rename Macedonia. The approval renames Greece’s northern neighbor the “Republic of North Macedonia,” and essentially clears a path for the country to join NATO, and possibly the EU.
The Czech government has complied with a motion brought by the Communist Party and revoked a law regulating the return of church property that was nationalised during the communist era. The country's churches are now to pay taxes on the financial compensation they receive. Czech commentators are nonplussed.
Russian Ministry of Justice has drafted new amendments to the law “On Public Associations”, which is to help to systemize information about non-profit organizations with no legal entity. The draft of the proposal is not yet published, but a short notice on its development.
The EU Commission proposed on Tuesday (15 January) to extend majority voting to all EU tax policies by the end of 2025 - a highly-sensitive issue, as member states guard their tax policies fiercely.
Federal lawmakers in Russia say they are opposed to sending a delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for this year’s Winter Session in Strasbourg, rejecting an invitation from General Secretary Wojciech Sawicki.
Several cases of sexual abuse of children by refugees or asylum seekers in Finland have led to heated disputes in Finland about migration and criminal law. The parliament decided to raise the maximum punishment for the sexual abuse of children from four to six years.
Italy's government approved the implementation of two central election promises: the citizens' income, a scheme that could benefit millions of people. And a pension reform that could lower the age of retirement for around 350,000 Italians. The Italian press is sceptical.
Prosecutor General's Office of Russia, as well as the Russian Federal Media Regulator (Roskomnadzor), and the Russian Justice Ministry do not support the ban on fake news and “indecent” posts about the about the state authority.
The Lithuanian parliament is currently debating a proposal put forward by the Radio and Television Commission aimed at banning information deemed to be damaging for the state. The way in which such content is being defined has commentators alarmed.