05/06/2018

Bavarians wary of new law requiring crosses in all public buildings

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.
Source: theguardian.com
05/06/2018

EU tightens law on foreign temporary workers

The revised rules adopted by the European Parliament mean posted workers will be entitled to the same level of pay as their local counterparts.
Source: bbc.com
05/06/2018

A new report on “female circumcision” in Russia is out

The Justice Initiative Foundation published a report on the practice of female genital mutilation (called "female circumcision") in some districts of Dagestan.
Source: meduza.io
12/06/2018

Russia defends the law on foreign agents in court in Strasbourg

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.
Source: vedomosti.ru
12/06/2018

Romanian civil society appeals to president over corruption fears

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.
Source: irishtimes.com
12/06/2018

UK Supreme Court rejects Northern Ireland abortion law case

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has lost a Supreme Court appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland's abortion law.
Source: bbc.com
12/06/2018

All EU countries must recognize rights of gay spouses, ECJ rules

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.
Source: theguardian.com
12/06/2018

France’s anti-fake news initiative under fire

Under a proposed new law courts in France would be able to order media to delete false information, at least in the three months prior to national and European elections.
Source: eurotopics.net
19/06/2018

Moscow raises retirement age and VAT

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.
Source: eurotopics.net