Victims of violence, especially those who have suffered domestic violence or stalking, will be able to guarantee themselves better protection in any EU member state due to new rules which entered into force Sunday (11 January).
Ukrainian riot police fought protesters occupying a central Kyiv square early today (19 February) after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. At least 22 people have lost their lives in less than 24 hours.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton strongly condemned violence in Egypt that claimed scores of lives yesterday (14 August) and urged the interim government to end a state of emergency as soon as possible.
José Manuel Barroso, European Commission President, made an appeal against extremism yesterday (13 September), as demonstrators in Yemen and Egypt attacked US embassies, outraged by a blasphemous American film posted online.
Egypt's army chief, seeking to defuse street protests that have left 37 dead, promised a swifter handover to civilian rule but failed to convince thousands of hard-core demonstrators, some of whom battled police through the night. Elections are due to begin on Monday (28 November).
The ongoing economic crisis has made the world a more violent place, according to the Global Peace Index (GPI), which predicts further instability unless governments take an equitable approach to fiscal austerity measures.
The EU, together with the football governing body UEFA, has decided to step up preventive action following recent violent and racist incidents in and around sporting events, which are often found to be the work of organised groups.
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