Tuesday

21st Nov 2017

Ticker

Turkish court releases activists on bail in terrorism case

Eight human rights activists, including German citizen Peter Steudtner and Swedish IT-expert Ali Gharavi, were released on Wednesday by a Turkish court, pending a verdict expected on 22 November in their ongoing trial on terrorism charges. Ten activists, including Idil Eser, Amnesty International's Turkey director, were arrested on 5 July, whilst Amnesty's Turkey chair, Taner Kilic, was arrested a month earlier. They are accused of "membership of a terrorist organisation".

Opinion

EU must confront Poland and Hungary

Curtailing NGOs and threatening judicial independence are the hallmarks of developing-world dictators and authoritarian strongmen, not a free and pluralistic European Union.

Amsterdam wins EU medicines agency on coin toss

The staff of the London-based EMA will move to the Dutch city of Amsterdam after Brexit, following a coin toss. Chance also decided the new home of the European Banking Authority: Paris.

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