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.
The French government is considering tougher measures against violent rioters who hijack legitimate protests, possibly mirroring existing laws that identify and ban known football hooligans.
Malta struck an agreement with eight other EU members Wednesday to relocate 49 migrants who have been stranded in Maltese waters after countries initially refused to allow them to disembark.
The government in Budapest has had the statue of Imre Nagy removed from its place in front of the Hungarian parliament. Nagy, who was Prime Minister of Hungary in 1956, was executed for his role at the head of the Hungarian Uprising against the Soviets and buried anonymously following a secret trial. Opposition media criticise the government for riding roughshod over Hungary's historical legacy.
Right before the New Year holidays, the conscription offices of Moscow recruited young men to the army in the course of one day. Human rigths defenders note that one-day conscription is illegal, which has already been pointed out multiple times by the Military Prosecutor's Office. Nevertheless, this practice repeats every year.