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A crowd of 60,000 Spaniards took the streets of Madrid Sunday in order to protest the government’s pardon of 12 Catalan separatist politicians who led the 2017 unilateral independence movement. The demonstrators in attendance mainly came from the far-right populist party Vox, while representatives from the conservative popular and center-right parties were also present together [...]

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The European Commission, in cooperation with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, opened a formal antitrust investigation Friday into whether Facebook has breached EU competition law. According to Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, who is responsible for EU competition policy, over seven million firms use Facebook for advertisements. The investigation comes as a result of [...]

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The European Court of Human rights ruled Tuesday that Britain’s GCHQ secret service violated the Article 8 right to privacy and Article 10 right to freedom of expression by obtaining communications data from communications service providers. The ruling comes following the complaints of journalists and human rights organizations over the bulk interception of communications, the [...]

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According to a press release on Monday, Sweden’s Supreme Court has established that posing with a dead body during armed conflict constitutes a war crime. This comes following an array of judgements contemplating whether the term protected persons under the Act on Criminal Responsibility for Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes covers dead persons. The [...]

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The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights urged the Greek state to end its pushback of asylum seekers at the border. Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic expressed her concerns following the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment indicating reception of “consistent and credible allegations” of pushbacks which appeared to [...]

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France’s National Assembly approved a new bill on Tuesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions, even as opposition lawmakers and environmental groups objected and said it would leave the country short of its Paris Agreement targets. The bill was approved by a 332-77 margin by the lower house where President Emmanuel Macron has a working majority. The [...]

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Negotiators from the European Council and Parliament have reached a provisional agreement to temporarily allow electronic communications services such as Facebook and Microsoft to scan for and remove online sexual abuse, according to a press release Thursday. This agreement, which is set to further cover anti-grooming, will be implemented until permanent legislation is announced by [...]

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The landmark Domestic Abuse Act 2021 received royal assent in the UK on Thursday and effectively became good law. The Act set to crystallise the protection afforded to victims of domestic abuse by setting tougher measures against offenders by offering a more concrete definition for this criminal offence. The scope of liability is set to [...]

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Greek Member of the European Parliament for the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn Ioannis Lagos was arrested in Brussels on Tuesday after a 658-24 vote of the European Parliament to lift his immunity with 10 abstentions. This came following a request for the waiver of his immunity by the Prosecutor at the Supreme Court of Greece [...]

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