Bavaria is bracing itself for the introduction of a new law under which Christian crosses will have to hang in the entrance of all public buildings. Despite opposition from prominent members of the Catholic church and leading theologians, the law will come into effect in the southern German state on Friday.
The law on “foreign agents” does not go beyond the general practice in other countries and does not infringe upon the rights of applicants. This is stated in the repeated 21-page memorandum sent by the Russian representative to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Mikhail Galperin in response to a request from the court after the complaints of Ecodefense and 48 other organizations recognized as foreign agents.
Civil society groups in Romania have appealed to its president to hold urgent talks on the faltering fight against graft, as its populist government steps up demands for the dismissal of the country’s chief anti-corruption prosecutor.
EU countries that have not legalized gay marriage must respect the residency rights of same-sex spouses who want to live together in their territory, the European court of justice has ruled, in a move hailed as a victory for human dignity.
On the very day that the Fifa World Cup kicked off the Russian government announced plans to raise the retirement age step by step from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women. Value added tax is also to go up from 18 to 20 percent.
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