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Global Europe 26-11-2021

Turkey holds first Kavala hearing after row with Western allies

A Turkish court on Friday (26 November) will hold the latest hearing in the trial of philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala, whose case provoked a diplomatic tussle between Ankara and its Western allies after they called for his immediate release.

Poland makes ‘unprecedented’ challenge to European rights pact

Poland’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday (24 November) ruled that part of the European Convention on Human Rights was incompatible with the Polish constitution, in an unprecedented challenge against a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights. “The Constitutional Court...
Europe's East 18-11-2021

Belarus and EU to hold talks on migrant crisis

Belarus said Wednesday (17 November) that President Alexander Lukashenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a telephone call that Minsk and the EU should discuss the migrant crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border.
Cybersecurity 17-11-2021

Council of Europe adopts additional protocol to tackle cybercrime

Ministers at the Council of Europe, an international human rights body, adopted the second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Wednesday (17 November) to tackle the current surge in cybercrime.
Politics 05-11-2021

Tweets of the Week: G20, COP26, Council of Europe

Leaders toss coin for photo-op, It’s not easy getting into COP and Council of Europe debate, please just stop. 
Europe's East 01-11-2021

Georgian opposition vows ‘biggest ever’ protests, decries vote fraud

Georgia's opposition parties on Sunday (31 October) announced plans for a mass anti-government protest rally next weekend, denouncing as fraudulent local election runoffs won by the ruling party.
Health 29-10-2021

Paths towards decriminalising drug use in Europe

Gradually decriminalizing personal drug use in Europe has had numerous health benefits and helped tackle the taboo of drug addiction, writes Denis Huber.
Global Europe 19-10-2021

Turkey summons 10 ambassadors over calls for philanthropist’s release

Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of 10 countries, including the United States, Germany and France, over a statement calling for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala, state-owned Anadolu agency said on Tuesday (19 October).
Digital & Media 15-09-2021

Commission yearns for setting the global standard on artificial intelligence

The European Commission believes that its proposed Artificial Intelligence Act should become the global standard if it is to be fully effective. The upcoming AI treaty that is being drafted by the Council of Europe might help the EU achieve just that.

Polish minister says European rights law breaches constitution

Poland's justice minister on Thursday (29 July) asked its Constitutional Tribunal to examine whether an article of the European Convention on Human Rights breaches the constitution, deepening an international row over the country's judicial reforms.
Non-discrimination 21-06-2021

Turkish women rally in defense of Istanbul Convention

Hundreds of women rally in Istanbul on Saturday (19 June), urging President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reverse his decision to withdraw from a Council of Europe anti-violence treaty ahead of a formal exit on1 July.
Global Europe 16-04-2021

Radio Free Europe petitions Strasbourg court to block Russian fines

The US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty news website in Moscow said Friday (16 April) it was urgently appealing to Europe's highest rights court to stop Russia from heavily fining the media outlet for hundreds of alleged infractions.
Elections 22-03-2021

US, Europe press Turkey to rethink ditching of Istanbul Convention

US and European leaders denounced what they called Turkey's baffling and concerning decision to pull out of an international accord designed to protect women from violence, and urged President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reconsider.
Politics 16-03-2021

Controversial lobbyists raise eyebrows in Strasbourg

A non-profit group has been raising eyebrows in the Council of Europe for its questionable lobbying activities, a British lawmaker told EURACTIV.
Elections 16-03-2021

Council of Europe voices concern on Polish media laws

Europe's top human rights body on Tuesday (16 March) voiced concern over two draft media laws in Poland and warned about the possible "suffocation of independent media outlets".
Global Europe 23-12-2020

Erdogan slams European rights court’s ruling in support of Kurdish leader

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday (23 December)  blasted the top European rights court's call for Turkey to release Kurdish political leader Selahattin Demirtaş after four years in jail.

Hungary’s fight against corruption ‘globally unsatisfactory’

Hungary has made no progress on implementing recommendations on corruption concerning members of parliament, judges and prosecutors, the Council of Europe's anti-graft body said in a report released on Tuesday (17 November).

Council of Europe flags concern over Poland’s treatment of detainees

The Council of Europe's anti-torture committee on Wednesday (28 October) expressed "serious concern" about conditions in police custody in Poland, urging "urgent and decisive action" by the authorities.

‘Alarm’ at Poland’s plan to leave treaty protecting women

The EU and the Council of Europe on Sunday (26 July) voiced regret and alarm over the Polish right-wing government's move to withdraw from a landmark international treaty combating violence against women.
Eastern Europe 26-05-2020

Building a prosperous, democratic and outward-looking Georgia

Safety requires cancelling public festivities but Georgians are marking their National Day by celebrating individually in their hearts and standing together in solidarity, writes David Zalkaliani.
Future EU 12-05-2020

Hungary summons Nordic diplomats over rule-by-decree row

Hungary summoned the ambassadors of four Nordic countries on Monday (11 May) over their countries' criticism of a controversial law that empowers Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to act by decree against the novel coronavirus.

Growing number of Turkish citizens apply for asylum in Germany

Since the attempted coup in Turkey in summer 2016, the number of asylum applications submitted by Turkish citizens in Germany has increased significantly. In 2019, Turkish asylum seekers were the third-most-registered group, after Syrians and Iraqis, according to the country's agency for migration and refugees (BAMF). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 08-04-2020

Polish parliament backs postal ballot to pick president despite rights groups’ concerns

Poland's parliament has backed a plan to conduct the presidential election on 10 May by postal ballot because of the coronavirus pandemic, raising concerns among democracy advocates that the vote will not be fair or fully transparent.

Coronavirus derogations from human rights send wrong signal, say MEPs

Five European countries have announced plans to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights, (ECHR), invoking the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Critics, however, fear that this sends the wrong political signal.