Slovakia is seeking to crack down on its domestic media with a new law, ahead of a presidential election run-off later this month. The revisions to the country's press code come amid threats against journalists, and an election campaign between EU commission vice-president, the Smer-backed candidate Maros Sefcovic and liberal anti-corruption lawyer, Zuzana Caputova.
Activists from 35 countries met in Berlin this week to call for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, ahead of new talks on such weapons in Geneva. They say that if Germany took the lead, other countries would follow.
Tens of thousands demonstrated in Germany against the EU's planned copyright reform on Saturday. The new directive is due to be passed by the EU Parliament on Tuesday. Critics fear that it will lead to censorship. Article 13, according to which online platforms will no longer be able to direct users to copyrighted content, is the main source of concern.
The killing of thousands of “pest” birds each year including crows, rooks, jackdaws, magpies and woodpigeons is to be challenged in court by wildlife campaigners from new group called Wild Justice.
In a report released on Wednesday, Amnesty International stated that European governments, by prioritizing border control, are complicit in “the systematic, unlawful and frequently violent pushbacks” against asylum seekers.The report details the abuse asylum seekers face at the hands of Croatian police and the squalid conditions in the refugee camps.
To protect the country from external attacks the Russian leadership wants to isolate it digitally. A corresponding law providing for Internet traffic to be cut off from foreign servers in the event of a threat was passed in the first reading in the Duma. Thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against the move. Is this the end of Internet freedom in Russia?
Latvia wants to limit cash payments to no more than 3,000 euros. The draft law comes in answer to recommendations from experts at the Council of Europe who had harshly criticised the Latvian authorities' attempts to crack down on money laundering last year as half-hearted. Commentators see the move as tantamount to scrapping cash entirely - and start to panic.