The Central European University (CEU), established by George Soros, will move a large part of its campus from Budapest to Vienna in the coming academic year. A new law prohibits the private university from awarding US diplomas. The Orbán government has also refused to sign an agreement with the State of New York that would have made it possible for the university to continue operating in the Hungarian capital.
Ireland’s lower house of parliament, the Dáil Éireann, on Wednesday approved a bill legalizing abortion services. The bill, titled the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy, allows the elective termination of pregnancies before 12 weeks.
The parliament in Rome passed a new security and immigration decree with a vote of confidence. It comprises tougher regulations for migrants and is intended to boost security in cities. Italian journalists, however, doubt that it will fulfil this purpose.
The French National Assembly voted on Friday in favor of a ban on smacking children, bringing them in line with other European countries. The change in their civil code was approved 51-1 and will now go to the Senate for approval.
The EU heads of state and government gave the Brexit deal negotiated with Britain the green light on Sunday. Now it must gain the approval of the British and European parliaments. The politicians gathered in Brussels on the weekend displayed sadness, but also relief that an agreement had finally been reached after all the haggling.
Lawmakers from United Russia are planning to introduce draft legislation that would regulate the country’s patchwork system of “cyber-neighborhood-watch” (adult volunteers who report illegal online content to law enforcement agencies.