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The EU's top court opinion is a boost for the Catalan separatist movement and Oriol Junqueras, who was voted into the European Parliament in May despite being detained in Spain since 2017 following an illegal independence referendum.
The Brief: ECJ rules Polish reform is against EU law
The ECJ has ruled the 2017 reforms that lowered the retirement age for judges in Poland compromise the independence of courts and are gender discrimination.
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The Brief: The EU receives Brexit proposal from Britain
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A new study has found institutional racism in the EU affects all parts of the criminal justice system, from reporting the crime to sentencing.
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While the protection of lifelong anonymity for complainants in sexual offences, regardless of the outcome of any police investigation, is enshrined in law, no equivalent protection exists for suspects.
Italian police arrest six over deadly nightclub stampede
Six people including five teenagers and a 39-year-old woman who had accompanied her daughter to the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub in Corinaldo, were killed in the stampede on December 8, 2018.
Romania's top court strikes down changes to criminal code
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The need to hold the Turkish judiciary to account is stronger than ever ǀ View
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The Brief: Migration issues in Cyprus grow
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Watch: Amanda Knox in Italy for first time since murder acquittal
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PiS hasn’t given up on its bid to control Polish judges ǀ View
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The Brief: Companies, EU citizens still adapting to GDPR data regulati
The General Data Protection Regulation has shaped the way companies handle the personal data of EU citizens since 2018. Some are still adapting to the rules though. Learn more by watching The Brief from Brussels.
Hate crimes in Italy quadrupled between 2017 and 2018
Reports of discriminatory acts in Italy increased fourfold between 2017 and 2018, soaring from 92 to 360.
Utah judge suspended for criticizing Trump
The court noted multiple times when Kwan had provided political comments that criticized Donald Trump, as a presidential candidate in 2016 and as president.
Meet the politicians crossing borders to take part in EU elections
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Romania referendum pits president against the government
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Romanian MPs back controversial bill that could end corruption cases
Romanian MPs have today approved criminal law changes that could shut down several ongoing high-level graft cases in what experts consider is one of the EU's most corrupt countries.
Barbecue-turned-forest fire could cost two young Italians €27 million
An Italian students' end-of-the-year barbecue, which turned into a forest fire, could result in a €27 million fine for damages.
Assange could still face sexual assault charges in Sweden
Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, who is now in custody in the UK, is facing a possible renewal of an allegation of rape in Sweden. Prosecutors said they were looking again at the case after a request by the lawyer of the alleged victim.
Chicago sues Jussie Smollett for investigation costs
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