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ECJ adviser backs rule-of-law measure in blow to Poland and Hungary

Court advised to dismiss challenge against law that lets EU block funds to states that curb judicial independence EU authorities can cut funds to member states that are corrupt and curb independent courts, a senior adviser to the bloc’s top court has said. In a setback for the nationalist governments of Poland and Hungary, a […]

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Belarus border nations ‘should be able to detain asylum seekers for 16 weeks’

EU chiefs call for emergency measure to tackle crisis they say was created by Alexander Lukashenko Poland, Lithuania and Latvia should be allowed to hold people in special asylum processing centres at the border with Belarus for up to 16 weeks, the EU executive has said, in an emergency loosening of standards to help deal […]

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‘How dictatorship works’: Hungarian academic quits in censorship row

Andrea Pető was asked to withdraw criticism that a Europe-wide standards group had failed to confront illiberalism in Hungary and Poland A prominent academic has resigned from a Hungarian higher education body, alleging censorship and accusing the top European standards organisation of turning a blind eye to waning academic freedom in central Europe. Andrea Pető, […]

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Hybrid warfare: weaponised migration – in pictures

Thousands of migrants, most of them from Iraq and Syria, have attempted to cross the EU border since the summer. The development appeared to signal an escalation of a crisis in which the regime of Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko has encouraged migrants to illegally enter the EU, at first through Lithuania and Latvia. The two Baltic […]

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Lawyers turn to romcoms in fight for rule of law in Poland

Instead of drafting legal papers, award-winning group make short films intended to explain assault on judiciary It was a summer day in 2017 when Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram, a 34-year-old lawyer, heard a crazy idea. She had been messaged by a legal acquaintance, Michał Wawrykiewicz, who like her was worried about changes that Poland’s nationalist government was […]

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Jarman award winner Jasmina Cibic: ‘Europe is collapsing in front of our eyes’

The UK-based Slovenian artist, who witnessed the former Yugoslavia fall apart and felt the ‘ground shatter’ after Brexit, talks about the right’s anti-cultural onslaught There is a seam of dark humour whenever the Slovenian artist Jasmina Cibic is preparing to show her work in certain European countries. “They’re firing so many museum directors,” she says, […]

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EU threatens to blacklist airlines linked to border influx

Draft law proposes sanctions whether or not involvement in attempts at destabilisation is intentional The EU has published a draft law that would blacklist airlines and travel operators that fly people to countries on its borders as part of attempts to destabilise the bloc, in its latest response to the crisis at the Poland-Belarus border. […]

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Pandemic hits mental health of women and young people hardest, survey finds

Survey also finds adults aged 18-24 and women more concerned about personal finances than other groups Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Young people and women have taken the hardest psychological and financial hit from the pandemic, a YouGov survey has found – but few people anywhere are considering changing their lives as […]

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People used as ‘living shields’ in migration crisis, says Polish PM – video

The Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, says people from the Middle East are being used as ‘living shields’ as his country faces a ‘new type of war’, in reference to the migration crisis on its border with Belarus. Critics in the west have accused Belarus of artificially creating the crisis by bringing in people – […]

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Poland says Belarus has changed tactics on border crisis

Belarus said to be directing smaller groups of migrants to multiple points along the EU’s eastern frontier Poland has said Belarus has changed tactics in their border crisis by now directing smaller groups of migrants to multiple points along the European Union’s eastern frontier. Though there have been signs of the crisis easing, the defence […]

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