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EU finance ministers agree to extend Greece bailout
February 21, 2015
Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Friday to extend Greece's financial rescue by four months, though the deal will not be ratified until next week after the list of reforms, including all the policy measures the government plans to take during the remainder of the bailout period, are approved. Th....... [more]

Amnesty: Europe should do more to manage migration crisis in Mediterranean
February 19, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) acknowledged some positive signs from the European Commission's announcement on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean on Thursday but encouraged the Commission to develop concrete solutions that protect and save lives. AI explained the European Commissioner for Migrati....... [more]

HRW: EU failing to address Hungary 'rule of law' concerns
February 18, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday condemned the EU for refusing to take action to address Hungary's alleged problematic laws and practices regarding human rights since the European Commission enacted a "rule of law" measure in March 2014. This measure was created to address abuses of human right....... [more]

Dutch court urged to strike down national data-retention law
February 18, 2015
Privacy advocates in the Netherlands on Wednesday urged the District Court of The Hague to issue a preliminary injunction and declare unconstitutional the nation's data-retention law. The law, enacted in 2009, allows the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 1....... [more]

Application of Due Process to Consumer Online Dispute Resolution
February 12, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasia Konina, an LL.M student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses how due process rights should be applied in the case of consumer online dispute resolution...Recent years have witnessed the increasing privatization of enforcement institutions in sever....... [more]

Amnesty condems EU response to migrant deaths at sea
February 11, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday criticized the EU's failure to prevent migrant casualties at sea. The statement comes amid reports that as many as 300 migrants may have died off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa Monday while attempting to flee adverse conditions in their home coun....... [more]

UK court rejects Iranian company's request to block EU sanctions
February 9, 2015
The London High Court on Friday rejected a request for an injunction by Iran's main oil tanker firm, NITC, which the company had sought to block the re-imposition of sanctions by the EU. High Court Judge Nicholas Green gave his reasoning for rejecting NITC's request at a hearing on Monday. NITC is....... [more]

Hungary ruling party: stricter immigration policy needed
February 6, 2015
Hungary's ruling party declared Friday that the country must pass legislation to tighten the border and prevent migrants from abusing the EU's political asylum laws. Antal Rogan, leader of the Fidesz party parliamentary group, noted that in January alone, around 14,000 migrants applied for political....... [more]

Croatia to block Serbia from joining EU over war crimes law
February 6, 2015
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Thursday that Croatia will block Serbia from joining the EU unless it changes a 2003 law allowing Belgrade to prosecute Croatians for war crimes committed against Serbs in Croatia. The law would allow Serbia to have universal jurisdiction for the prosecut....... [more]

UN rights expert calls on European leaders to bank on mobility of migrants
February 5, 2015
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants François Crépeau said Thursday that the EU must bank on the mobility of migrants in order to secure its borders. The EU, he said, must accept that migrants will continue to enter the EU by any means possible, and therefore must offer incentives....... [more]

Romania parliament votes to allow corruption probe of former presidential candidate
February 4, 2015
The Romanian Parliament on Wednesday voted to allow prosecutors to investigate prominent politician Elena Udrea on suspicion of corruption. A parliamentary committee voted 20-1 to launch a formal criminal investigation of Udrea, who is accused of taking bribes, making false statements and unlawfully....... [more]




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