30/03/2021

Russian lawmakers adopt legislation on ‘zeroing out’ Putin’s presidential terms

The Russian State Duma adopted in the final reading legislation on allowing President Vladimir Putin to run for the presidency in two more elections. The corresponding amendments have been introduced to the law “On presidential elections in the Russian Federation”.

Source: Meduza

30/03/2021

Poles in legal jeopardy for insulting President Duda

Poland’s controversial law criminalizing disparaging comments about the head of state is under fire after prosecutors filed charges against a writer who called President Andrzej Duda a “moron” in a Facebook post, and against three teens who shouted vulgarities about Duda during a drunken party.

Source: Politico

30/03/2021

Fighting corruption: Germany gets a ‘lobby register’

Scandals surrounding parliamentarians who profited brokering COVID mask deals have sped up the passing of a law requiring lobbyists to make their influence more transparent.

Source: DW

30/03/2021

Civil rights groups urge EU lawmakers to rebuff online terrorist content law

EU lawmakers should reject a proposed law that forces Google, Facebook and Twitter to remove terrorist content within an hour of publication because of the risks to fundamental rights, says in a statement signed by 61 civil rights groups.

Source: Reuters

30/03/2021

Belarus opens terrorism case against exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

The Belarusian Attorney General’s Office has opened a criminal case against exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya for allegedly preparing terrorist acts. Former Belarusian law enforcement officers belonging to Warsaw-based organization ByPol have also been charged in the case.

Source: Meduza

31/03/2021

All in the Same Boat?

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, it seemed that we were all equally vulnerable to the coronavirus, which did not discriminate by gender, ethnicity, social status or income. Politicians said that we were all in the same boat. It soon became apparent, however, that this was not entirely true.
07/04/2021

Putin signs legislation bringing ‘educational activities’ under state control

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation that introduces the concept of “educational activities” and brings these activities under state control. The amendments provoked backlash from the academic community, as well as those involved in popular education initiatives.

Source: Meduza

07/04/2021

EU takes Poland to court over law that ‘undermines judges’

The European Commission has said it is taking Poland to the bloc’s highest court over a legal change it alleges undermines judges’ independence and prevents them applying EU law, drawing an instant and defiant response from Warsaw.

Source: The Guardian

07/04/2021

Greece makes fresh WWII reparation claims from Germany

The government in Athens has revived its demand for talks with Germany on wartime reparations just ahead of the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Greece by German troops in World War II.

Source: DW