Europe

31.05.2020

Five ways online university learning can be better than face-to-face teaching

Five ways online university learning can be better than face-to-face teaching

The University of Cambridge has announced that all lectures will be offered online for the academic year beginning in October 2020. Other UK universities are expected to adopt similar policies, adopting a format which blends online learning with more traditional teaching. The announcement has disappointed and worried some students, who are… »

31.05.2020

Ending Hungary’s State of Emergency Won’t End Authoritarianism

Ending Hungary’s State of Emergency Won’t End Authoritarianism

Bill Would Perpetuate Rule by Decree Following international outrage, the Hungarian government’s announcement to revoke the rule-by-decree and state of emergency law this week at first glance seems a positive step. But don’t let Orban’s authoritarian regime fool you. The government is ending the current state of emergency but simultaneously has… »

29.05.2020

Europe Accepts the Legislative Initiative of Citizens Demanding a Universal Basic Income for All Its Residents.

Europe Accepts the Legislative Initiative of Citizens Demanding a Universal Basic Income for All Its Residents.

The European Citizen Initiative (ECI), which calls for the establishment of a Universal and Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) for all people residing in the European Union , was accepted by the European Commission on Friday May 15, 2020 . The General Secretariat of the European Citizen Initiative Team (which belongs… »

29.05.2020

Scotland joins wave of countries blocking tax haven-tied corporations from receiving Covid-19 bailouts

Scotland joins wave of countries blocking tax haven-tied corporations from receiving Covid-19 bailouts

The Scottish Government has backed a Green Party amendment to exclude corporations registered in tax havens, or with subsidiaries or other arrangements in tax havens from receiving Covid19 bailouts. To date, Wales, France, Belgium, Denmark, Poland and Argentina have all announced similar measures. A second Green amendment that did not… »

27.05.2020

School reopenings will not necessarily help protect vulnerable children

School reopenings will not necessarily help protect vulnerable children

One part of widespread measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has been the temporary closure of schools. In the UK, they have been closed since March, but the government has recently announced plans for the phased reopening of schools in England from June 1. This has prompted fierce criticism… »

27.05.2020

Kremlin expands online voting possibilities amid COVID-19 fears

Kremlin expands online voting possibilities amid COVID-19 fears

Moscow takes its latest step towards digitising elections In Russia, socially distanced voting has just become a lot easier. Russia’s parliament has passed a law to extend the possibility of “distance voting” — particularly online. The amendments to the country’s Law on the Basic Guarantee of Electoral Rights now allow… »

26.05.2020

Eritrean Refugees Sue EU for Abetting Forced Labour Back Home

Eritrean Refugees Sue EU for Abetting Forced Labour Back Home

A Dutch Foundation of Eritrean refugees, Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans, has filed a lawsuit in the Amsterdam court against the European Union (EU) for its role in financing a road building project in Eritrea that uses forced labour. The Netherlands is host to many Eritrean migrants and pays toward the project… »

25.05.2020

Coronavirus: German doctors warn of second wave ahead of holiday season

Coronavirus: German doctors warn of second wave ahead of holiday season

Lockdown restrictions are continuing to ease as the European summer vacation season approaches. But as people gather on beaches and in bars, experts warn that large crowds could spark a fresh wave of infections. As European countries prepare to reopen to tourists, two leading German doctors on Sunday warned that… »

24.05.2020

Tale to Love

Tale to Love

This tale was written by Laurence Baranski at the beginning of May 2020. Any resemblance to the earthly situation would be purely coincidental … VIDEO: Like all tales, this one begins with “Once upon a time …” It was happening somewhere in the Universe, on an Earth-like… »

22.05.2020

Hungary: Decision to strip trans people of the right to legal gender recognition is “step back into the dark ages”

Hungary: Decision to strip trans people of the right to legal gender recognition is “step back into the dark ages”

Following today’s vote in parliament on a new legislation that bans the legal recognition of transgender and intersex people in Hungary, Amnesty International’s Researcher, Krisztina Tamás-Sáróy said: “This decision pushes Hungary back towards the dark ages and tramples the rights of transgender and intersex people. It will not only expose… »

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