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.
Due to the "Law on the hosting of the World Cup" and the presidential decree "On strengthened security measures" special restrictions on holding rallies are imposed in the cities that host the World Cup.
The commission is demanding that Poland remove the discretionary power of its president, Andrzej Duda, to prolong the mandate of supreme court judges, and abandon the extraordinary appeal procedure, which includes a power to reopen final judgments made years earlier.
The European Commission will take France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Britain to the EU Court of Justice for failing to respect air quality limits. The move follows a summit in January in which the Commission said it would get tough on member states that were still in breach of targets introduced for 2005 and 2010.
The bill addresses "issues concerning the reception, hosting and integration of asylum seekers and refugees, speeding up asylum procedures as well as provisions related to immigration policy." The Migration Policy Ministry drafted the bill in accordance with two EU directives to speed up asylum processes and protect refugees.
A court in Budapest obliged Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government to apologize to a human rights organization for making false statements about it in the buildup to last month’s elections, in a rare victory for NGOs amid an increasing official crackdown.