In reaction to recent acts of anti-Semitism in France, President Macron has announced to the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions that he plans to extend the official definition of anti-Semitism to include anti-Zionism, in line with the definition given by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Commentators take opposing views of the step.
The Parliament of Denmark on Thursday voted 76-24 to pass an immigration bill that will increase restrictions on residence permits and tighten penalties for violating residence rules and obligations.
A group of UN experts on Friday urged Croatia to immediately end abuse and violence against women during reproductive health procedures. During a campaign that began in October, more than 400 Croatian women came forward about maltreatment while seeking reproductive health care.
Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as “digital gangsters”.
Pope Francis presented a 21-point plan on the first day of the summit on sexual abuse taking place in the Vatican. Among other things the plan foresees an aptitude test for priest candidates and a code of conduct. Victim associations have dismissed the paper as too unspecific and inadequate.
Hungary's government wants to boost the country's birth rate with financial incentives. According to its new family plan, all women under 40 who marry for the first time will receive a loan equivalent to 30,000 euros. With every child they bear repayment of the loan will be deferred and successively waived.
Environment Minister Svenja Schulze says concerns over insect extinction have prompted demands for better safeguards. New research suggests 40 per cent of insect species could be wiped out over the next few decades.