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Lea Berriault Managing Editor

No legal experience necessary to become a constitutional judge

Why appoint a judge when you can employ a politician or a public notary at the Constitutional Court? With this move the Slovak president breaks a three-year-long impasse.  
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
15 Dec 2017 Slovakia

A common enemy unites the Hungarian liberals and the far-right

If someone told me a year ago that the Hungarian liberal opposition would join the far-right party, Jobbik, during a manifestation, I would not have believed it. But this is exactly what is going to happen today.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
15 Dec 2017 Hungary

Buwog affair – The biggest corruption scandal in Austria

Karl-Heinz Grasser, the former Minister of Finance and shooting star of the last FPÖ ÖVP government, along with the most powerful lobbyists in the country, are about to be tried for corruption, .
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
14 Dec 2017 Austria

Slovaks are sick of developers designing their cities 

In Slovakia, we are not used to seeing politicians getting scared of the public and changing their minds, especially about a potential business opportunity. This time, however, that is exactly what happened. 
Guest Mavens recommended by Guest Mavens NewsMavens, Europe
14 Dec 2017 Europe

Main Italian newspapers under attack by neo-fascist group

Repubblica and l'Espresso, two of the main Italian newspapers, were attacked by a small group of neo-fascists. This is the latest in a series of such attacks. It is high time to apply the law and ban neo-fascist groups across Europe.
Cinzia Sciuto recommended by Cinzia Sciuto MicroMega, Italy
14 Dec 2017 Italy

The writer who egged in vain

“Eggs are a classic weapon of protest. Throughout history, they were thrown at government cars, the symbols of central power.” explains activist and writer arrested last week.
Joanna Wrózynska recommended by Joanna Wrózynska Wysokie Obcasy, Poland
13 Dec 2017 Poland

Citizens and politicians disagree over decline of corruption in Slovakia

A few embassies, mostly from the Anglosphere, have praised Slovakia for its battle against corruption and its improved ranking in the Transparency International corruption index. However, these accomplishments came as a surprise to most Slovaks.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
13 Dec 2017 Slovakia

Preparation for "Day X” anti-government protests in Austria

The opponents of the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition are preparing for the inauguration of the government. But the new law on assemblies does not make civil protest any easier -- quite the opposite.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
13 Dec 2017 Austria

Why Austria should finally remember Maly Trostinec

In Belorussian Maly Trostinec, around 13,500 Austrian Jews were murdered, more than anywhere else. Despite this, it does not have a place in our collective memory.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
12 Dec 2017 Austria

US Ambassador in Romania ties weakening judiciary with growing Russian influence

The US Ambassador in Romania, Hans Klemm, expressed his “profound concern” over the current parliamentary debates, which could “undermine everything that Romania has done in the last 15-20 years” to counter corruption.
Delia Budurca recommended by Delia Budurca NEWSMAVENS, Romania
12 Dec 2017 Romania

Slovak president suddenly supports legal protection of same-sex couples

The issue of same-sex partnership is taboo for Slovak politicians. No political party present in the parliament (not even the opposition ones) supports same-sex marriages.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
12 Dec 2017 Slovakia

The prison that wouldn't open

The cornerstone for the future state penitentiary facility in BiH was laid in 2006 but the building, announced to be the “safest prison in the region”, is still not operational.
Tijana Cvjeticanin recommended by Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
12 Dec 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Israeli and Palestinian voices speak out about Trump's declaration

Trump “acts in a very irresponsible way. He will not have to clean up his mess. He will not have to deal with the consequences of his policies. We will have to suffer because of Trump’s reckless behavior.”
Lydia Morrish recommended by Lydia Morrish WikiTribune, United Kingdom
11 Dec 2017 United Kingdom

More medical standards, less improvised treatments 

In Slovakia, if you consult 5 different doctors about the same disease, you will likely receive 5 diverse treatments. Luckily, this absurd situation is about to end.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
11 Dec 2017 Slovakia

Former King of Romania Mihai I dies aged 96

In communist history books, the Romanian monarchy is not mentioned. The Romanian kings simply didn’t exist. Our parents learned that Stalin was “the Father” of Romania. 
Delia Budurca recommended by Delia Budurca NEWSMAVENS, Romania
8 Dec 2017 Romania

Hungarian government's dashed hopes for approval from Trump

Thomas O. Melia made it clear that criticism coming from the highest ranked member of the US Embassy in Hungary, the Chargé d’Affaires, are not personal remarks -- they reflect Washington's official position.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
8 Dec 2017 Hungary

Guerrilla tactics to defend democracy in Eastern Europe

While the governing social-democrats (PSD) try to take political control of the judiciary in Romania, citizens and a small opposition party employ creative tactics to resist. Poles might find this story sickeningly familiar. 
Claudia Ciobanu recommended by Claudia Ciobanu NewsMavenS, Eastern Europe
8 Dec 2017 Eastern Europe

Australia celebrates legalization of same sex marriage

As soon as in January, we will witness the first same-sex marriages in Australia. The country is celebrating this step towards equality with an outburst of joy. Almost everyone is on board, including the conservative Prime Minister.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
8 Dec 2017 Austria

The 'bromance' between Flemish and Catalan nationalists is not what it seems

During the month which the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, has spent in Belgium he received an especially warm welcome from the Flemish separatists. But the apparent “bromance” is fragile and uneasy for both sides.
Marjan Justaert recommended by Marjan Justaert De Standaard, Belgium
7 Dec 2017 Belgium

Women in Austria demand half of the power

"Every third seat in the National Council is not enough," argue the signatories of the women's petition in an open letter to the future government.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
7 Dec 2017 Austria
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