Greece has launched an investigation into four NGOs, accusing them of facilitating illegal entry of foreigners and espionage. Among those targeted is Aegean Boat Report, which details pushbacks of migrants and refugees. Greek migration minister Notis Mitarachi last December accused it of helping migrant smugglers, a charge denied by the NGO.
The concern of Germany’s Constitutional Court was that the European Court of Justice did not sufficiently check the action of other EU branches of power. The Polish situation is the exact reverse: the government is taking control of the courts.
The rule of law report comes in a crucial moment as Brussels is currently approving member states’ recovery plans, conditional to having a robust justice system and anti-corruption framework.
An international investigation over the weekend by 17 media organisations, led by the Paris-based non-profit journalism group Forbidden Stories, said 180 journalists had been targeted by Israeli spyware. Among them were Hungarian reporters.
President Volodymyr Zelensky has begun his third year mired in mid-term unpopularity with a poll showing only 21.8 percent of Ukrainians would vote to re-elect him. More than half would prefer him not even to run for a second term.