News Digest: Round-up of news stories from across the EU (16 items, 7.12.15)

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Albania Finally Debates Communist Punishment Rapes (Balkan Insight, link): "Over two decades since the fall of Communist regime, researchers and authors have started to speak openly about the use of rape as punishment, after revelations from an Albanian singer."

EU states could lose US visa waivers in wake of Paris attack (EUobserver, link): "US lawmakers are preparing to vote, this week, on a bill that could see select EU states lose visa waiver perks if they don’t comply with stricter security measures."

EU: 30th ACP-EU Assembly: terrorism and migration set to dominate debate (European Parliament, link): "Universal healthcare cover, notably aspects relating to healthcare in ACP countries, migration, human rights and humanitarian refugees and the post-election situation in Burundi will be among the topics debated at the 30th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in Brussels on 7-9 December."

France considers restrictions on Tor and public Wi-Fi (The Daily Dot, link): "In the wake of the deadly Paris attacks, the French government is considering new legislation that would restrict access to the anonymizing network Tor and free Wi-Fi networks, according to a report in French newspaper Le Monde."

FRANCE: Big gains for far-right in French election (Politic, link): "Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front is on course to make major gains in French regional elections Sunday, winning almost a third of the vote and coming out on top in six out of 13 regions, according to exit polls."

FRANCE: Far-right claims to be France's first party after elections (EUobserver, link): "The Front National has come first in half of the regions in a first round of local elections in France. Left and right are divided over a strategy to block it."

FRANCE: The key questions after French regional elections (The Local, link): "The first round of France’s regional elections delivered an almighty "shock" for the country, as one national newspaper's front page testified. Here's what we learned."

FRANCE: Undercover police crack down on freedom of speech in Paris (New International Facebook page, link): "Yesterday undercover police cracked down on anyone questioning the sponsors of a corporate “Solutions 21” event in Paris."

Macedonia MPs Launch Illegal Surveillance Probe (Balkan Insight, link): "Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski, finance minister Zoran Stavreski and former interior minister Gordana Jankuloska will be first to appear the parliamentary commission probing mass illegal wiretapping."

Spain rolls out new anti-jihadist plan that seeks citizen cooperation (El País, link): "The Spanish government is launching a nationwide plan to locate potential jihadists before they become fully radicalized, and is hoping to enlist the cooperation of citizens on this mission."

UK: Britain's new far-right movement has had an absolute nightmare start to life (The Independent, link): "A new far-right movement in Britain has had a nightmare start to life this week, with embarrassing television interviews and a high profile resignation."

UK: David Cameron to ban House of Lords from overturning legislation (The Telegraph, link): "The Tory grandee appointed by David Cameron to review the role of the House of Lords will propose that hostile peers should be banned from overturning legislation."

UK: High Court to rule on legal aid JR
(Law Society Gazette, link): "The High Court will decide on Monday whether to grant permission for judicial review of the government’s tender for new legal aid contracts amid questions about whether the parties have sufficient standing to bring proceedings."

UK: Michael Gove scraps criminal courts charge (Law Society Gazette, link): "The controversial criminal courts charge for convicted defendants is to be scrapped from 24 December, lord chancellor Michael Gove announced today."

UK: Prevent programme 'spying on our young people', say east London imams (The Guardian, link): "Muslim religious leaders in Newham claim government’s Prevent anti-radicalisation strategy causing ‘breakdown of trust’"

Why ISIS Just Loves Profiling (The Daily Beast, link): "The terrorists of the so-called Islamic State can always stay two blood-soaked steps ahead of your religious and racial profiles. Watch behavior, not beards and burqas."

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