Legal Dialogue

25/05/2020

Worldwide mass surveillance by Germany’s intelligence service declared unconstitutional

In a much-anticipated verdict, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has put an end to the groundless mass surveillance of global internet traffic by Germany’s foreign intelligence service.

Source: RSF
19/05/2020

Burning EU and other flags can now bring German jail term

Germany has made public burning of the EU flag or that of another country punishable by up to three years in jail, classing it as a hate crime.

Source: BBC
19/05/2020

Portugal suspends foreign trash imports to cope with own increased waste

Portugal, which usually attracts huge mounds of rubbish from other European states because of its low waste management fees, has suspended imports of trash until the end of 2020 to protect domestic landfill capacity, the government.

Source: Reuters
19/05/2020

Russian lawmakers draft legislation that would permit remote voting in elections

Federal lawmakers in Russia’s State Duma have submitted draft legislation that would allow people to vote in elections and referenda by mail and through the Internet, United Russia deputy Dmitry Vyatkin confirmed.

Source: Meduza
19/05/2020

EU sues Austria over ‘discriminatory’ benefits law

The European Commission said Vienna has violated equal treatment statutes by reducing benefits for some foreign workers. An Austrian law ties some benefits for foreign workers to the cost of living in home countries.

Source: DW
19/05/2020

France to force web giants to delete some content within the hour

Social networks and other online content providers will have to remove paedophile and terrorism-related content from their platforms within the hour or face a fine under a new French law.

Source: Euractiv
12/05/2020

Commission proposes pan-European authority to fight against ‘dirty money’

The European Commission outlined a series of proposals to bolster Europe’s flawed anti-money laundering system, including a new pan-European authority, following a series of major scandals.

Source: Euractiv
12/05/2020

Poland holds ghost election with 0% turnout

Sunday’s presidential election in Poland had a record low turnout of 0%. The vote was not officially cancelled but polling stations stayed closed.

Source: The Guardian
12/05/2020

European Court of Human Rights orders Russia to provide life-saving medicine to infant with rare neuromuscular disorder

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered the Russian authorities to provide six-month-old an infant diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) with access to the life-saving medication nusinersen.

Source: Meduza