More than 38,000 people signed an online petition as of Thursday protesting against a French court order to remove a cross from a statue of the late Polish-born Pope John Paul II in Brittany, western France.
The European Commission made only vague statements yesterday (26 January), suggesting it was not part of a Dutch/Belgian initiative set up to counteract Donald Trump's ban on US federal funding for NGOs providing birth control support or abortions in developing countries.
Poland's parliament resumed proceedings after the winter recess on Wednesday (11 January) in defiance of an opposition blockade of the plenary hall, escalating a standoff that has raised fears for democracy in the European Union state.
Poland's ruling conservatives announced plans on Monday (9 January) to reinstate full media access to parliament in a bid to defuse a political standoff, but the main opposition party said it was not yet ready to end its blockade of the legislature.
Francois Fillon, having clinched the presidential nomination for the right-wing Republicains party, will now join a far bigger battle for the future of France, the European Union and mainstream politics in the West.
Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has looked firmly in control since sweeping to power a year ago but it may have pressed its conservative agenda too far by initially backing a virtual ban on abortion.
The European Union urged Bosnia Thursday to publish by July the results of a national census, the latest subject of an inter-ethnic dispute but which is considered a crucial step towards EU integration.
EXCLUSIVE / The British government has warned European lawmakers that a bid by conservative Christian groups to ban EU funding for activities linked to abortion or the destruction of human embryos could obstruct life-saving operations in the developing world, in a briefing note seen by EURACTIV.
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