Browsing All Posts filed under »Repressive law«

Ecuador takes Spain’s mortgage law to European Court of Human Rights

January 28, 2013


(PUBLISHED IN EL PAÍS) Public defender calls on Strasbourg to alter Civil Procedure Law on evictions. Ecuador has presented a suit against Spain at the European Court of Human Rights over the Iberian nation’s eviction legislation. Ramiro Rivadeneira, the Ecuadorian public defender, on Tuesday morning told a press conference in Madrid that Spain was “violating […]

‘Mini-jobs’ don’t work in Germany, and they won’t work in Britain

December 24, 2012


(PUBLISHED IN THE GUARDIAN) Though being floated by the Treasury as a measure to increase employment, German ‘mini-jobs’ offer little money or security.  The most recent copycat idea floated by the Treasury to promote employment creation through ever more flexible labour markets is the German “mini-jobs” initiative. Introduced in Germany in 2003 under the social […]

Greek magazine editor in court for naming alleged tax evaders

October 30, 2012


(PUBLISHED IN THE GUARDIAN) Kostas Vaxevanis at centre of political storm after publishing names of wealthy Greeks alleged to have Swiss bank accounts A magazine editor in Greece will appear in court after publishing the names of more than 2,000 wealthy Greeks alleged to have Swiss bank accounts, triggering a row over tax evasion that […]

Spanish top cop lays out plan to prevent recording of police actions

October 24, 2012


(PUBLISHED IN EL PAÍS) Interior Ministry denies reform will impinge on right to information but judges question legality of preventing citizens from recording security forces. The director general of police, Ignacio Cosidó, announced on Thursday that the authorities are studying the possibility that the next update to the Public Security Law could include an article […]

Political interference in public service broadcasting growing

October 8, 2012


(PUBLISHED IN PS EUROPE) Mother of all public service broadcasters, the BBC is rightly respected for its independence but the same cannot be said of other national broadcasters in Europe and beyond   By Ingrid Deltenre*.- On July 4 of this year, George Entwistle was appointed Director-General of the BBC after an open recruitment process […]

“No evidence” of crimes in September Congress protest, spanish judge rules

October 5, 2012


(PUBLISHED IN EL PAIS) High Court Judge Santiago Pedraz has thrown out a case brought by the police against eight organizers of the September 25 protest outside Congress in Madrid. Shelving the case with some scathing observations, Pedraz refuted the claims of the authorities that the protestors had attempted to invade the national assembly or […]