Germany will enforce a law that imposing editorial demands on social media platforms, demanding a swift reaction to hate speech and, more controversially, fake news. The law has been criticized as encouraging censorship.
Read more: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/germany-implement-law-editorial-responsibility-social-media/
German doctors have spoken out against proposals for young asylum seekers to undergo mandatory medical tests to ascertain their age. The German Medical Association (Bundesaerztekammer) said the checks were ethically wrong and unreliable.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42540593
Russian authorities have charged a St Petersburg man with terrorism over the bombing of a supermarket in the city that wounded 18 people. The suspect has been identified as Dmitry Lukyanenko, 35, who had had psychiatric treatment, Russia’s Investigative Committee (SK) says.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42540813
There were no passenger jets crashes anywhere in the world, separate reports by Dutch consultancy To70 and The Aviation Safety Network found. This was despite more flights being made than ever before.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42538053
France’s parliament has passed into law a ban on producing oil and gas by 2040, a mostly symbolic gesture as the country is 99% dependent on hydrocarbon imports. In the vote, held by show of hands, only the rightwing Republicans party opposed, while leftwing lawmakers abstained.
Read more: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/france-says-no-to-fossil-fuel-extraction/
A legal analysis of whether to publish a report by the European Anti-Fraud Office (Olaf) about suspected EU subsidy fraud in the Capi hnizdo case is being conducted by the Czech finance ministry. The case implicates Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
Read more: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/czech-fm-analyse-whether-release-olaf-report/
The European Union is taking steps towards a fundamental overhaul of its Common Agricultural Policy, that is, a policy that accounts for over 40% of its annual budget and is mostly devoted to direct payments to farmers.
Read more: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/eu-moves-towards-common-agricultural-policy-reform/
Many Muscovites celebrate winter with a visit to the world’s biggest ice rink, a refurbished Cold War relic in a park dedicated to Soviet achievements that was created in the 1930s.
Read more: https://www.npr.org/2018/01/02/575028113/moscow-boasts-that-it-has-the-worlds-biggest-ice-rink
Chaotic roads, bad weather and reckless habits make the Russian capital one of the worst to drive, and its quest to build an autonomous car uniquely challenging In certain sunny climes, self-driving cars are multiplying.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/02/moscow-russia-self-driving-car-challenge-hackathon
In his televised New Year’s speech, French President Emmanuel Macron promised to push through economic and political changes in France. This was his first year-end address following his election victory in May.
Read more: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/french-president-pledges-reforms/