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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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