Europe

07.04.2020

Hungary: Law to fight coronavirus creates ‘uncertainty’ for journalists

Hungary: Law to fight coronavirus creates ‘uncertainty’ for journalists

A law that holds a prison sentence of up to five years for spreading “false information” is part of new measures against COVID-19. As Fanny Facsar reports, journalists fear it could make it even harder to report news. These are turbulent times in Hungary, with a single political decision receiving massive international attention. It’s… »

06.04.2020

Bringing communities together through film: community cinema responses to COVID-19

Bringing communities together through film: community cinema responses to COVID-19

Community cinemas across the UK play a valuable role in bringing communities together to engage with film, build relationships, combat loneliness, to educate. In times of physical distancing they, and their representative body Cinema For All have found new ways to continue this. The current Coronavirus pandemic is affecting us… »

06.04.2020

Gorbachev: Time to Revise the Entire Global Agenda

Gorbachev: Time to Revise the Entire Global Agenda

Q: How did you take the news of the pandemic? A: I think I took it the way most people did. Initially, there was hope that it could be controlled, localized. But things took a very different turn and the epidemic spread far and wide. Unprecedented measures and decisions became… »

05.04.2020

EU’s von der Leyen calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ for Europe

EU’s von der Leyen calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ for Europe

The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has urged huge investments in the EU budget amid the coronavirus crisis. Spain’s premier, too, wants a “wartime economy” followed by a recovery program. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called on EU nations to invest billions in… »

05.04.2020

The Only Oxygen Cylinder Factory in Europe is Shut down and Macron Refuses to Nationalize It

The Only Oxygen Cylinder Factory in Europe is Shut down and Macron Refuses to Nationalize It

By Jérôme Duval for Counterpunch Although no information is circulating about the stock of oxygen cylinders in France, which are very useful in these times of acute health crisis and which Italy cruelly lacks, the only factory capable of producing them in Europe remains closed. »

04.04.2020

Measures against COVID-19 need to include refugees and migrants

Measures against COVID-19 need to include refugees and migrants

WHO Regional Office for Europe A new publication highlights the importance of addressing the needs of refugees and migrants when preparing for or responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Refugees and migrants, particularly those who are displaced and/or living in camps and camp-like settings, are faced with specific challenges and vulnerabilities… »

03.04.2020

Former UK Commanders call for nuclear cuts to address Covid-19

Former UK Commanders call for nuclear cuts to address Covid-19

Three former UK Royal Navy Commanders sent a letter to all UK parliamentarians on April 1 questioning the policy of maintaining a continuous at sea nuclear deterrent. The commanders note that the £2 billion a year cost of maintaining this nuclear posture and readiness for war appear to be unjustifiable, especially… »

02.04.2020

Belarusian women turn to self-defence in battle against domestic violence

Belarusian women turn to self-defence in battle against domestic violence

Written by Hanna Liubakova Wen-Do, the women’s self-defence technique, has a growing following in Minsk On an early Saturday morning some 15 women gather in one of the ubiquitous, grey, three-story buildings in the outskirts of Minsk, capital of Belarus. There are coffee and snacks… »

02.04.2020

Coronavirus: What are the lockdown measures across Europe?

Coronavirus: What are the lockdown measures across Europe?

Countries across Europe have significantly curbed public life in order to halt the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. DW breaks down what life in lockdown means and how long the measures are expected to last. Italy Restrictions in place until April 13, could extend to July 31 Italy issued a nationwide… »

31.03.2020

Hungary: Emergency Law gives carte blanche powers to government – free media and human rights defenders needed more than ever

Hungary: Emergency Law gives carte blanche powers to government – free media and human rights defenders needed more than ever

The Hungarian Parliament adopted the so-called “Authorization Act”,  allowing indefinite government rule by decree. The role of free media and a strong civil society is now more vital than ever to ensure government accountability. Fully aware of its increased responsibility, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee is reorganising its activities and intensifying… »

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