Forty-three years after the death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, the Socialist Party (PSOE) government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has begun the complex process of exhuming his remains from the Valley of the Fallen memorial site. The Cabinet approved a legislative decree that will add a pair of articles to the Historical Memory Law to legally safeguard the exhumation.
Poland’s deputy PM and science minister Jarosław Gowin said in an interview for one of Poland’s weekly magazines that if the ECJ rules in favor of Poland’s Supreme Court and allows it to suspend domestic legislation, then the Polish government “may have no choice” but to ignore the ECJ ruling as going against the Lisbon Treaty and the “spirit of European integration” in general.
Pavel Durov’s messenger Telegram agreed to give away to intelligence services the data on users considered terror suspects by decision of a court. This follows from the updated page on confidentiality policy of the messenger. Telegram is going to forward IP-addresses and phone numbers of suspects to the intelligence services. Previously, the company has never revealed users’ data.
German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel, who was jailed in Turkey for spreading "terrorist propaganda", has demanded compensation for his "unlawful detention." Despite his release, Yücel still faces a trial in Turkey.
The European commission will recommend that EU member states abandon the practice of changing the clocks in spring and autumn, with many people in favour of staying on summer time throughout the year. Jean-Claude Juncker, the commission’s president, said a recent consultation had shown that more than 80% of EU citizens were in favour of the move.
Poland's government is rapidly continuing the transformation of the judiciary in its own manner. The Regional Judge Council (KRS) nominated 40 new judges, who are to judge at the Supreme Court of the country. 15 more judges will be appointed in the coming weeks.
MPs will vote this week on whether to make misogyny a hate crime for the first time, as the campaign to compel police forces across the UK to recognise street harassment of women as a hate crime gathers momentum.
On September 4th, Central Electoral Commission, Prosecutor’s Office and FAS sent out requests to the major Internet platforms not to violate the Russian legislation on elections and to delete opposition’s posts. On September 8th, the Day of Silence, it was reported that Google (which owns YouTube) complied with these requests of Russian authorities and blocked Navalny team’s videos. Press-office explains that the company considers all requests from authorities, and must act in compliance with local legislation.
In a landmark judgment for participatory democracy, Europe’s top court has ruled in favour of ClientEarth lawyers in a long-running case for greater transparency in the European Union. The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (gathering 15 judges) yesterday ruled that the European Commission must make public important documents used as a basis for its decision-making process.
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