European Institutions

  • UK's Labour Party Demands Social Media Silences Anti-Vaxxers

    November 16, 2020

    In a letter to the UK's Digital, Culture and Media Secretary, Olivier Downdon, the Labour Party requested that the Government require social media companies to delete any content containing anti-vaccine language.

  • EU Governments Expunge Language on Islamism in Joint Statement on Terrorism

    November 16, 2020

    Home Affairs ministers from European Union (EU) member-states have issued a joint statement on terrorism that diverged markedly from an initial draft that identified Islamist extremism as a terrorist threat and that called for the establishment of a European institute to train imams, with the final version making no mention of Islam and, instead, focusing on the need for integration of refugees and migrants and the promotion of religious education and training consistent with European values.

  • 200 French Lawyers Sign Open Letter to Protest Lockdown

    November 11, 2020

    In a letter originally published in "Le Journal du Dimanche and re-published in The Spectator, 200 french lawyers express their objection to the French government's new mandatory lockdown of society, highlighting that  health is 'a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity'.

  • EU Funds to be Cut for Breach of Rule of Law

    November 11, 2020

    Negotiators from the European Parliament and the German EU presidency agreed on a mechanism that allows suspending or cutting EU funds if a member state breaches the bloc's rule of law.

  • CJEU Clarifies Rules for State Surveillance

    November 11, 2020

    The Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") in an October decision, held that the national security laws of the United Kingdom, France, and Belgium, which require that providers of electronic communications services ("ECS") must retain traffic and location data on a general and indiscriminate basis, contravene EU law.

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