Philip Heijmans

Philip Heijmans

Europe

Polish PM defends controversial judiciary reform

Top Supreme Court judges have defied directives to comply with the new law and quit their posts.

Polish PM defends controversial judiciary reform

Europe

Polish chief justice resists controversial Supreme Court changes

Judicial workers are angered by reform law that will force out about 40 percent of Supreme Court judges.

Polish chief justice resists controversial Supreme Court changes

Poland

'We are on verge of autocracy': Poles protest Supreme Court law

New law forcing top court's judges into retirement is a further attempt by the government to extend power, say critics.

'We are on verge of autocracy': Poles protest Supreme Court law

Poland

EU opens new legal case against Poland over Supreme Court changes

Poland's controversial reform law will force out about 40 percent of sitting judges at its highest court.

EU opens new legal case against Poland over Supreme Court changes

Czech Republic

Czech minority government led by populist Babis sworn in

Billionaire and staunchly anti-migrant Prime Minister Andrej Babis forms minority government after eight-month deadlock.

Czech minority government led by populist Babis sworn in

Hungary

Hungary criminalises aiding migrants with 'Stop Soros' bill

Set of controversial laws imposes jail terms on anybody seen to be aiding undocumented immigrants.

Hungary criminalises aiding migrants with 'Stop Soros' bill

Hungary

Hungary set to criminalise aiding migrants with 'Stop Soros' bill

Set of controversial laws targeting NGOs will impose jail terms on anybody seen to be aiding undocumented immigrants.

Hungary set to criminalise aiding migrants with 'Stop Soros' bill

LGBT

EU's top court backs same-sex marriage

Decision by the European Court of Justice to recognise rights of same-sex marriage lauded as a landmark victory.

EU's top court backs same-sex marriage

Hungary

George Soros foundation to close office in 'repressive' Hungary

Open Society Foundations will move its office from Budapest to Berlin amid Hungarian government interference.

George Soros foundation to close office in 'repressive' Hungary

Hungary

Hungary: Groups fear being 'shut down' after Orban win

EU politicians want some of country's membership rights to be suspended for 'undermining' democratic norms.

Hungary: Groups fear being 'shut down' after Orban win

Slovakia

Slovakia's PM Robert Fico resigns amid public outcry

President accepts resignation of Robert Fico as anger persists over last month's murder of investigative journalist.

Slovakia's PM Robert Fico resigns amid public outcry

Protests

Thousands rally against Czech president's attack on media

Protesters hit the streets of Prague denouncing President Milos Zeman's attack on an independent public broadcaster.

Thousands rally against Czech president's attack on media