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02/02/2021

Tension grows in Austria over the deportation of three young girls to Georgia and Armenia

The Austrian government is being criticised for expelling the children, who are considered to be "well-integrated" into Austrian society, especially amid the coronavirus crisis.

Source: Euronews

02/02/2021

Groups put French state on legal notice over police racism

Six non-governmental organisations put the French state on notice to force it to address “systemic discriminatory practices by the police”. They accused the government of neglecting its duty to end discriminatory police identity checks — a practice they said was “widespread, deeply rooted in the policing.”

Source: The New York Times

02/02/2021

European Court to consider Navalny poisoning case against Russia

Navalny’s legal team argues Russia violated his right to life under the European Convention on Human Rights by refusing to open a criminal case into his poisoning with a nerve agent last August.

Source: RFERL.org

02/02/2021

The Senate of Berlin passed Germany’s first Pedestrian law

A new law passed in Berlin aims to protect pedestrians and increase their priority as traffic participants. In particular, it will allow to increase the he green areas and install more benches.

Source: DW

Portuguese parliament approves euthanasia law

The bill now goes to the head of state to sign into law. However, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa opposes the measure. He could send it back for further review by lawmakers or call for a ruling from the Constitutional Court.

Source: Politico.eu

26/01/2021

European Parliament demands sanctions against Putin’s inner circle and Russian oligarchs over Navalny’s detention

The European parliament has adopted a resolution calling on EU member states to “significantly strengthen” sanctions against Russia and stop work on completing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to the arrest of opposition figure Alexey Navalny.

Source: Meduza

26/01/2021

Kaja Kallas to become Baltic nation’s first female prime minister

Estonia’s two biggest political parties clinched a deal to form a new government to be led by a female prime minister for the first time in the Baltic country’s history, replacing the previous Cabinet that collapsed into a corruption scandal.

Source: Euronews

26/01/2021

EU lawmakers call for targets to reduce raw material use

Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee will call for legally-binding targets to reduce raw material use.

Source: Euractiv

26/01/2021

Hungary orders LGBT publisher to print disclaimers on children’s book

Hungary’s government, which has made hostility to LGBT people a central part of its right-wing agenda, ordered a publisher to print disclaimers identifying books containing “behaviour inconsistent with traditional gender roles”.

Source: The Guardian

26/01/2021

French roosters now crow with the law behind them

French lawmakers passed a bill to preserve “the sensory heritage of the countryside,” after a series of widely publicized neighborhood spats in France’s rural corners, many of them involving noisy animals.

Source: The New York Times

19/01/2021

European court agrees to hear Ukrainian case on rights violations in Crimea

The European Court of Human Rights will hear part of a case brought by Ukraine alleging Russian human rights violations in the Crimea peninsula.

Source: Reuters

19/01/2021

Greens say biodiversity protection must be included in all EU policy

The test for the EU’s biodiversity strategy will be whether all EU legislation matches its ambition on nature protection.

Source: Euractiv