Thorbjørn Jagland: Europe’s democracies face a crisis of trust

“In most European capitals, democracy remains the only game in town,” the Secretary General told today’s European Conference of Presidents of Parliament. “But people are starting to have doubts whether it is still a game worth playing.”

Hungary: Opposition MPs await Strasbourg judgement on parliamentary disruption human rights complaint.

Opposition MPs, fined for disrupting Hungary’s parliament with anti government banners, will find out next week if the sanction breached European human rights law.

Campaign: Brasseur backs 22 July European Day for the Victims of Hate Crime

Anti-discrimination activists have chosen 22 July as a reminder of the violence committed on that day in 2011 by Anders Behring Breivik. He murdered 77 people and was later sentenced to 21 years imprisonment.

Sweden: Grand Chamber hearing for woman’s ‘rape and forced conversion’ deportation complaint

A follower of the Mandaen faith has won a Grand Chamber hearing into her complaint that she risks assault, rape and forced conversion to another religion if returned by Sweden to Iraq.

Podcast: Impact of conflict, HIV transmission and drug abuse on Ukraine

In this podcast, drug-policy expert Robert Teltzrow discusses how the Ukraine government is tackling illegal drug abuse and the threat of HIV transmission in the country.