21/06/2022

EU restarts legal action against UK in clash on Brexit Bill

The European Union announced that it will relaunch legal action against the UK over a draft law that would override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The current bill will mean a unilateral violation of the Brexit agreement signed in 2020.

Source: Bloomberg

21/06/2022

Germany takes first step towards legalising recreational cannabis

The German government is setting in motion plans to legalise the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, aiming to have legislation ready later this year. The pledge to legalise controlled sales of cannabis to adults in licensed shops is one of the reforms outlined in the coalition deal between the three socially liberal parties.

Source: DW 

21/06/2022

Dutch government apologises to Srebrenica veterans

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has apologised to hundreds of ex-soldiers sent to defend Srebrenica during the Bosnian War. Previously, Dutch governments have insisted fault lay with the UN for failing to provide air support.

Source: Euobserver 

29/06/2022

EU Council grants membership status to Ukraine and Moldova

Ukraine and Moldova are now candidate countries for EU Membership. Georgia will have its status as a candidate country once the priorities mentioned in the Commission’s opinion are resolved and addressed.

Source: Schengenvisainfo

29/06/2022

DFB regulates gaming law for trans and nonbinary people

German transgender footballers will be allowed to choose if they want to play against women's or men's teams as part of new regulations granted by the German Football Association. Officials will also be appointed to ensure that there is no discrimination against athletes.

Source: Spiegel

29/06/2022

Human Rights groups call for probe after more than 20 migrants killed at Spanish enclave

About 2,000 migrants tried to breach the perimeter fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Melilla. More than 20 migrants were killed and dozens injured as a result of violent clashes with Moroccan police and Spanish security forces.

Source: Financial Times 

29/06/2022

Amnesty International considers Aleksandra Skochilenko a prisoner of conscience

Russian artist Aleksandra Skochilenko was arrested after being accused of replacing price tags with anti-war information in a supermarket. She is charged with «disseminating knowingly false information about the use of the Russian Armed Forces». She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. 

Source: Meduza

29/06/2022

France cements abortion rights in its constitution

French lawmakers propose a bill enshrining abortion rights in France's constitution after the US Supreme Court revoked the nationwide legal protection for American women to terminate pregnancies.

Source: Euronews 

06/07/2022

Lawyer Dmitry Talantov arrested in Russia over critical comments about Ukraine invasion

Dmitry Talantov is accused of spreading "fakes" about the Russian army. He defended
journalist Ivan Safronov and became his second lawyer to be prosecuted.

Source: Radio Free Europe