EU negotiators have reached an agreement on the text of the controversial EU copyright reform including intellectual property rights. In future search engines are to pay money to publishers for showing excerpts of articles and platforms must take action to prevent copyright infringements. Publishers are happy while consumer advocates fear the new rules could fuel online censorship.
Environment Minister Svenja Schulze says concerns over insect extinction have prompted demands for better safeguards. New research suggests 40 per cent of insect species could be wiped out over the next few decades.
Hungary's government wants to boost the country's birth rate with financial incentives. According to its new family plan, all women under 40 who marry for the first time will receive a loan equivalent to 30,000 euros. With every child they bear repayment of the loan will be deferred and successively waived.
Pope Francis presented a 21-point plan on the first day of the summit on sexual abuse taking place in the Vatican. Among other things the plan foresees an aptitude test for priest candidates and a code of conduct. Victim associations have dismissed the paper as too unspecific and inadequate.
Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as “digital gangsters”.
A group of UN experts on Friday urged Croatia to immediately end abuse and violence against women during reproductive health procedures. During a campaign that began in October, more than 400 Croatian women came forward about maltreatment while seeking reproductive health care.
The Parliament of Denmark on Thursday voted 76-24 to pass an immigration bill that will increase restrictions on residence permits and tighten penalties for violating residence rules and obligations.
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