Belarus: Journalist charged for slander
The Minsk correspondent for Poland’s biggest newspaper, Gazeta Wyborczy, has been charged for slandering the president, Alexander Lukashenko. The E.U. is not too happy and criticizes the country for ongoing human rights violations. Currently, the paper is trying to assist the journalist in any possible way. Read more.
Denmark: Court forces psychologist to ignore patient confidentiality
In order to clear up allegations of prisoner abuse, the Danish High Court has now ordered a military psychologist to provide information from conversation with an interpreter. Together with the Danish troops, the interpreter was posted in Afghanistan in 2002. Read more.
Denmark: TV program sparks calls for the ban of bestiality
Denmark is one of the countries where bestiality is legal. Former attempts at banning have failed, because the majority in the government did not want to victimize the people doing it. Now, after a popular TV program taking up the subject, a ban might be discussed again in government. Read more.
Denmark: The Danish military has been recognized for gender equality
In the past three years, the number of women in the Danish military has increased by 40 percent, and a strong female network has been created that makes an effort at recruiting ethnic minorities and actively fights harassment and discrimination at the workplace. For this, the military received the Institute of Human Rights award this year. Read more.
France: The burqa ban is official starting from today
After banning the burqa and niqab, France is now implementing the new law. The police received manuals, which state that non-compliant women can be fined â‚¬150 and that the police are not allowed to remove the veil by force. Men who force women to wear the full-body veil can face fines up to â‚¬60,000 and two years in prison. In the end, though, it is still nothing more than an attempt at telling women what to wear. Read more.
Germany: Freak sandstorm causes mass pile-up
A sudden sandstorm on the highway in the north-eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania caused around 80 cars to crash, several of them catching fire. Eight people died, and more than 40 were injured. Read more.
Germany: Passport controls at the Austrian border?
Italy gave thousands of refugees a six-month residence permission and told them that they are free to travel in within the E.U. Germany is not too happy, and claims that the residence permission is only valid in Italy. Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, from the conservative CSU, was quoted with saying that Italy had to “regulate its own problems.” Read more.
Germany: Reichstag dome open for tourists again
After some serious terror threats over Christmas, the famous glass dome was closed for visitors. On April 21, however, the tourist destination will be open again. Read more.
Germany: Somali pirates in Germany
For the first time, Germany is bringing 10 pirates that were caught during an attack on a cargo ship to court. How do the pirates feel about that? Well, they feel better since they know that torture and execution will not happen to them. Read more.
Iceland: No to repayments
People in the U.K. and Netherlands lost around â‚¬4bn when the Icelandic banking system collapsed in 2008. Now the country voted (for the second time) if this money should be repaid and the Icelandic people said no. Again. The U.K. and Netherlands are disappointed and plan to sue Iceland. Read more.
Netherlands: Man kills six people in shopping mall
A man entered the shopping center of the small town Alphen aan den Rijn, killed six people, injured 14 and then killed himself. The motive is not clear. Read more.
Russia: 50th anniversary of the first human in space
On April 21, it will be 50 years ago that the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin spent 108 minutes in space. By the way, the Russians had another first two years later: cosmonaut Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova was the first woman in space ““ in 1963. Read more.