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Europe This Week – Week 18

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The Finnish airline Finnair has suspended its flights to the city of Tartu in Estonia. It comes after the airspace over eastern Estonia was subject to attacks targeting the GPS transmitters and receivers that the planes use to navigate. 

Media freedom is in jeopardy in several EU countries, including Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Hungary, with journalists facing threats and attacks. Liberties, a Berlin-based NGO, highlights political influence and violence against journalists, linking declining media freedom to the weakening rule of law. Legal intimidation and physical violence are widespread, leading to self-censorship among journalists. Despite challenges, the EU approved the Anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation) directive to protect press freedom, countering strategic lawsuits.

EU politicians aim to curb tech giants’ influence on children and youth, concerned about addictive behaviors on social media. Proposed measures include stricter legislation to limit screen time and regulate algorithms. Pressure mounts on the EU Commission to address tech giants’ power, with calls for action on a European level.

Rights

There is no automatic EU-wide recognition of academic diplomas. You may therefore need to go through a national procedure to get your academic degree or diploma recognized in another EU country if you seek admission to a further course of study there. If you already know that you will eventually want to pursue further studies in a different country, check before you start whether your diploma will be recognized there.

Opportunities 

Free trip to Poznan (Poland): Join a training course on environmental activism. June 22-29. Deadline! May 14. Sign up here

Free trip to Mézangers (France): Join a training course on communication. October 29 – November 3. Deadline! May 15. Sign up here

Free trip to Bucharest (Romania): Join the European Digital Youth Summit #EDYS24. July 16-21. Deadline! May 15. Sign up here. 

*To join the training courses, you need to be a member of an association. If you are not, you can always join AMIS

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