21/01/2020

EU mulls five-year ban on facial recognition tech in public areas

The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology in public areas for up to five years, to give it time to work out how to prevent abuses, according to proposals seen by Reuters.

Source: Reuters

27/01/2020

UK parliament votes against reuniting child refugees with families

British lawmakers in the lower house gave their final backing to the Brexit bill after removing several amendments made by the House of Lords, including a provision to reunite unaccompanied refugee children whose families are already living in the UK.

Source: DW

Poland judges: Parliament and Supreme Court issue rival rulings

The Supreme Court said hundreds of judges chosen under new rules were not sufficiently independent and should no longer hear cases. At the same time, lawmakers approved legislation making it easier to fire critical judges.

Source: BBC

27/01/2020

Moscow police report 155 non-permitted protests in 2019, an average of three per week

The total reported number of public events in Moscow rose by 50 percent relative to the previous year, and the number of political events rose by 60 percent.

Source: Meduza

27/01/2020

Bulgaria expels two Russian diplomats for espionage

Last Friday, the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it was expelling two Russian diplomats who, according to prosecutors, have been involved in espionage. The Russian embassy in Sofia declared that the diplomats would leave the country but that Moscow reserved its right to respond to these expulsions.

Source: Reuters

27/01/2020

France vows to punish striking workers who cut power to thousands in Paris

France has vowed to punish striking workers who cut power supplies to tens of thousands of homes and businesses people in a wildcat protest over pension reform.

Source: Euronews

03/02/2020

The path to a stronger justice system in Slovakia?

Two years ago, a contract killer shot the Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancé Martina Kusnirova. The alleged perpetrators have been testifying in a case since January 2020 and the odds that Marian Kocner, a businessman with ties to government officials, will be found guilty have grown. The trial is destabilising the Slovak politics and society.

Source: New Europe

03/02/2020

Berlin freezes rents for 5 years in a bid to slow gentrification

The move, in a capital once known for its artists and its party scene, aims to reverse a trend that is driving out older and lower-income residents.

Source: The New York Times

03/02/2020

Russian Justice Ministry proposes fines for users who share articles from non-registered media

The Justice Ministry’s proposal for an updated codex includes a provision penalizing “the preparation or distribution of items produced by an unregistered mass media source” as well as sources whose registration papers fail to include any new information such as a change in ownership.

Source: Meduza