Bavaria is bracing itself for the introduction of a new law under which Christian crosses will have to hang in the entrance of all public buildings. Despite opposition from prominent members of the Catholic church and leading theologians, the law will come into effect in the southern German state on Friday.
Danish lawmakers have passed a ban on wearing items of clothing in public that conceal the face, which includes some forms of Islamic dress. The government says, however, that the law is not aimed at religions.
Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church.
The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is the largest overhaul of the region’s rules in more than 20 years. It’s aimed at giving the Continent’s more than 500 million citizens greater control over how their digital information is used by companies and governments.
It is the first law in the country that acknowledges sex without explicit consent as rape, a move lawmakers say is “based on the obvious.” With the passage of the law, Sweden became the 10th country in Western Europe to recognize nonconsensual sex as rape.
The European Commission proposed new EU-wide rules aimed at reducing plastic pollution in cities and oceans by banning several plastic products. Single-use plastic objects and fishing gear accounts for 70 percent of trash in the ocean and the move towards "innovative alternatives" could create some 30,000 jobs.