16/03/2021

French minister urges EU legal move over Polish ‘LGBT-free’ zones

French European Affairs Minister Clément Beaune is calling on the European Commission to start a legal procedure against Poland over the existence of “LGBT-ideology free zones” in the country.

Source: Politico

16/03/2021

Poland and Hungary file complaint over EU budget mechanism

Poland and Hungary filed a complaint with the European Court of Justice regarding the bloc's intention to link payments with rule of law conditions. The move to challenge the EU's rule of law compliance initiative, which ties its budget to basic democratic standards, will slow down its adoption by the bloc.

Source: DW

16/03/2021

French draft law is a warning to corrupt leaders

France may soon join just a handful of countries, including the United States and Switzerland, with far-reaching legislation aimed to repatriate confiscated stolen assets to their countries of origin.

Source: VOA News

16/03/2021

Boris Johnson rules out return of Parthenon marbles to Greece

Prime minister says sculptures, removed from the monument by Lord Elgin in circumstances that have since spurred one of the world’s most famous cultural rows, would remain in Britain because they had been legally acquired.

Source: The Guardian

23/03/2021

Turkey pulls out of Istanbul convention

Turkey has abandoned an international accord designed to protect women signed 10 years ago, drawing protests from campaigners.

Source: BBC

23/03/2021

European Court: Croatia violated Serb War refugee’s rights

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Croatia violated the rights of a Serb whose property was stolen and damaged after he fled the country because of the 1991-95 war.

Source: Balkan Insight

23/03/2021

Young activist fights to criminalise catcalling in Germany

The murder of Sarah Everard in London has sparked fresh debate about harassment and assaults against women. In Germany, one young woman is campaigning for the introduction of a "catcall law."

Source: DW

23/03/2021

Russian lawmakers adopt final reading of legislation making ‘insulting WWII veterans’ a felony

The Russian State Duma has adopted the third and final reading of a package of amendments to the criminal code making it a felony to publicly slander World War II veterans.

Source: Meduza

23/03/2021

France moves toward setting 15 as age of consent

The French National Assembly voted to reinforce the country’s legal arsenal against sexual abuse of minors. The bill creates an age of consent at 15, and 18 for cases of incest.

Source: Politico