Macron outlines new law to prevent Islamic ‘separatism’ in France

Emmanuel Macron has announced a law against religious “separatism” aimed at freeing Islam in France from “foreign influences”. The French president outlined new measures to “defend the republic and its values and ensure it respects its promises of equality and emancipation”.

Source: The Guardian


Memory Laws in Russia and Other Restrictions on Freedom of Expression

Under the European Convention on Human Rights, states must guarantee free and open debates about the past. Yet, with the rise of memory laws, the right to free expression has been endangered.

Spanish government wants to repeal parental consent rule for abortions

Spain's government has revealed it's planning to repeal a reform on an abortion law that currently requires girls of certain ages to get parental consent before terminating their pregnancy.

Source: Euronews


Neo-Nazi guilty verdicts in Greece hailed as victory for democracy

Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party guilty of running a criminal organisation, bringing to a close what is widely considered the most important political trial in the country in decades.

Source: Balkan Insight


European Parliament calls for ban on unpaid internships

With youth unemployment on the rise across the EU, and aggravated further by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, EU lawmakers called upon the European Commission and member states to increase their support for young people in precarious working conditions.

Source: Euractive


EU reportedly agrees to sanction nine senior Russian officials in response to Alexey Navalny’s poisoning

Sources familiar with the EU negotiations told the newspaper Le Monde that the sanctions will target nine Russian nationals, all either members of the Putin administration or high-ranking state security officials.

Source: DW


Polish farmers tie up roads to protest animal protection law

Farmers across Poland slowed down traffic on main roads with their tractors and left wheelbarrows of manure at lawmakers’ offices to protest a new law that bans fur farms and religious slaughter for export.

Source: Apnews


EU lawmakers vote to exclude fossil fuels from EU recovery fund

The environment committee in the European Parliament voted on to exclude fossil fuels from support under the EU’s €750 billion recovery fund intended to boost the bloc’s economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Source: Euractiv


Moscow Mayor requires companies to transfer the data of employees shifted to remote work

Moscow is requiring employers to collect and share employee personal data illegally and shift 30 percent of all staff to remote work, no matter the industry.

Source: Meduza