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03/09/2019

Finland under pressure to reform its rape laws

Council of Europe says law should criminalise lack of consent not just use of violence.
Source: theguardian.com
03/09/2019

Dutch municipalities advance in government-proposed four-year ‘weed experiment’

A "weed experiment" that could see cannabis that has been grown legally and tested for quality to be sold in Dutch "coffee shops" has moved one step closer to fruition, the country's health ministry has said.
Source: euronews.com
03/09/2019

Human Rights Commission cases restricted by budget cuts

The ability of Northern Ireland's human rights watchdog to take legal cases is now severely restricted by repeated budget cuts, it has said. It has 14 staff members, down from 32 in 2009.
Source: bbc.com
27/08/2019

Netherlands euthanasia case: doctor ‘acted with best intentions’

A doctor has gone on trial in the Netherlands in a landmark case expected to probe the law on whether patients with advanced dementia can give consent to assisted dying.
Source: theguardian.com
27/08/2019

Slovakia told to make more progress on anti-corruption reforms

Slovakia has until the end of the year to submit a report regarding the implementation of anti-corruption measures, the Council of Europe's Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) said on Tuesday.
Source: euronews.com
27/08/2019

Russian regulators want to introduce new recycling requirements

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment proposed to reach 100% recyclable items and packaging.
Source: kommersant.ru
27/08/2019

German government moves to end ‘solidarity tax’ for eastern Germany

The move will mean a significant income tax cut for the middle classes, but Merkel's CDU also wants to unburden the rich.
Source: dw.com
27/08/2019

‘Upskirting’ abuse arrest in Spain brings calls for new laws

Spain has been urged to take a tougher line on sexual predators who take photographs underneath women’s clothes without consent after a man was accused of taking such images of more than 500 women and girls.
Source: reuters.com
20/08/2019

UK to end freedom of movement for EU citizens on day one of Brexit, under new government plan

Home Office wants border restrictions imposed immediately on 31 October – despite warnings of people trapped in legal limbo.
Source: independent.co.uk
20/08/2019

German police to restructure as threat of extremism grows

Germany's Federal Criminal Police (BKA) wants to set up a new central unit to fight right-wing extremism and hate crimes. An additional 440 jobs are expected to be created for the purpose.
Source: dw.com
20/08/2019

Trump is considering attempt to buy Greenland

President says bid would be ‘essentially a real estate deal’. The government of the semi-autonomous Danish territory insisted it was not for sale. The Danish prime minister called any discussion of a sale “absurd”.
Source: theguardian.com
20/08/2019

Russia’s draft foreign ownership law not aimed at making Yandex state-owned – lawmaker

The draft law submitted to Russia’s Duma in late July proposes limiting foreign ownership in internet firms to 20% if they are considered by a special commission to be a “significant source of information”.
Source: reuters.com