Source: The Guardian
Source: EU Observer
The Russian government has submitted a bill to the State Duma, which would allow for imposing visa and financial sanctions against any foreign citizen and stateless person. The proposed amendments would be made to the “Dima Yakovlev law,” which currently only allows for imposing sanctions against U.S. citizens.
Large parts of Greece shut down on Thursday as workers across the country joined a general strike to protest a proposed labor reform. Workers' organisations have called for rejection of a controversial bill that they fear will dismantle the eight-hour work day. Demonstrations are planned across the country.
The European Commission launched legal proceedings against Germany over a controversial ruling at the country's constitutional court, arguing that "the integrity" of EU law was at stake. The underlying dispute broke out last year when the German constitutional court ruled that the European Central Bank’s 2015 bond-buying program would be illegal under German law unless the central bank could prove the purchases were justified.
Hungary's ruling nationalist party, Fidesz, has submitted legislation to ban content it sees as promoting homosexuality and gender change to minors. The draft law would ban LGBT literature for under-18s, including educational material, and advertisements deemed to be promoting gay rights. Several human rights groups denounced it, saying it was similar to Russian restrictions on LGBT activities.
Slovenia has passed a new law which means rape is now defined as sex without consent in a move campaigners hailed as a “historic victory” for women. The country’s criminal code will no longer consider coercion, the use or threat of force, or not being able to defend oneself as the only conditions for an assault to be deemed as rape.