Germany stops accepting refugees over coronavirus

As a measure to slow the spread of coronavirus, Germany has put on hold indefinitely its refugee deal with Turkey. Germany will no longer accept refugees from any country but it will still accept refugee children in need from camps.

Source: Deutsche Welle


Abortion activists in Poland fret as coronavirus curbs access

Planned border closures in Poland and the country’s abortion rules, which are among the harshest in Europe, are creating serious complications for Polish women who wish to have an abortion. Many Polish women rely on help and treatment abroad.

Source: Reuters


Top EU court rejects file by Polish judges over judicial reforms

The European Court of Justice has rejected a complaint by Polish judges about the legality of judicial reforms introduced by Poland’s Law and Justice Party in 2017. The reforms in question define appropriate behaviour for Polish judges and the kind of disciplinary actions that can be taken against them if they criticise or question the legality of certain newly appointed judges.

Source: Deutsche Welle


Russia doesn’t plan to decrease greenhouse gas emissions

Through a leaked document from Russia’s Economic Development Ministry containing four possible scenarios for dealing with climate issues, it has become clear that Russia does not currently have a plan that involves reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. This goes against the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, published in a 2018 special report.

Source: Meduza


New school curriculum raises eyebrows in Orban’s Hungary

The Hungarian government still wishes to launch its controversial new school curriculum in September, despite the existing poor conditions of the country’s school system triggered by the coronavirus crisis. The proposed new school curriculum is raising an increasing amount of criticism because it would rewrite history textbooks, for instance by presenting Hungarian legends and myths as historical facts, and it would make anti-Semitic authors mandatory reading.

Source: Deutsche Welle


Could the coronavirus pandemic lead to mass surveillance in Europe?

The coronavirus pandemic has led several countries in Europe, such as Poland, Italy and the United Kingdom, to use data to try to slow the virus’ spread, at the risk of or by reducing digital privacy. Other countries could or are already planning to use the same strategy. This raises many questions about the trade-off between privacy and public health, as well as the manner in which the new measures are being implemented.

Source: Euronews


“Immunity passports” could speed up return to work after Covid-19

A study is being prepared in Germany to test the pandemic’s progress and see how many people are already immune to the Covid-19 virus. The study would help German authorities decide which people can safely go back to work, and when and where schools could reopen. Some workers could be given "immunity passports"; the same procedure could be used in other countries, such as the United Kingdom.

Source: The Guardian


Unemployment, Stigmatisation, and Social Control: What Convicted Women in the North Caucasus Face

We know little about the lives of convicted women in Russia as a whole, and even less about the lives of convicted women in the North Caucasus. Crime is considered a huge disgrace for families in the region, and so the difficulties faced by ex-convicts are not discussed.

Poland, Hungary and Czechia broke EU law over refugees relocation system

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic did not meet their legal obligations under EU law when they decided against participating in a mandatory relocation system for refugees in 2015. Moreover, Poland and the Czech Republic failed to fulfill a voluntary system designed to relocate 40,000 asylum seekers. EU Commission will present a new Migration Pact after Easter.

Source: Euractiv