‘Swiss-law first’ referendum fails

Swiss voters today rejected a referendum proposal that would have asserted precedence for Swiss rules over international law, the national broadcaster SRF reported.
Source: politico.eu

Poland suspends forced retirement of judges

The controversial forced retirement of Poland's most senior judges is to be revoked. The national-conservative PiS government has presented a draft law in parliament to that effect. In October the European Court of Justice had ordered an end to the forced retirements.
Source: eurotopics.net

Top EU Court rules Austria must give same benefits to refugees as its citizens

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Wednesday that the Austrian government must give the same social security benefits to refugees as it does to its residents.
Source: jurist.org

Russian lawmakers want to start regulating the volunteers who help rat out ‘Internet offenders’

Lawmakers from United Russia are planning to introduce draft legislation that would regulate the country’s patchwork system of “cyber-neighborhood-watch” (adult volunteers who report illegal online content to law enforcement agencies.
Source:  meduza.io

UN rights experts urge Italy to combat anti-migrant policies

UN Human rights experts on Wednesday said Italy’s proposed tightening of immigration rules will have a serious impact on migrants’ lives and urged the government to reverse course.
Source: jurist.org

Galina Arapova: “You get the uncomfortable feeling of trying to break a wall with your head…”

We interviewed Galina Arapova, head of the Russian NGO Mass Media Defense Centre, about the fight for freedom of expression in Russia today.

EU 27 and London finalise their divorce

The EU heads of state and government gave the Brexit deal negotiated with Britain the green light on Sunday. Now it must gain the approval of the British and European parliaments. The politicians gathered in Brussels on the weekend displayed sadness, but also relief that an agreement had finally been reached after all the haggling.
Source: eurotopics.net

UK supreme court rejects request for right-to-die case to be heard

The supreme court has dismissed an emergency application to hear a right-to-die case challenging the legal ban on assisted dying.
Source: theguardian.com

Europe rights court: Russia cannot ban LGBT public assemblies

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Russian courts violated LGBT individuals’ freedom of assembly rights by consistently rejecting gay pride event applications.
Source:  jurist.org