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Russia's Dashboard Cameras - A Legal Necessity

series: European Journal

air date: 3/26/13 5:00 AM

Germany: From Museum to Auction House - Many museums in eastern Germany face an uncertain future. They have to return numbers of exhibits to their former owners. A 20-year time limit on returning art objects expropriated by communist East Germany is running out. After the Second World War, illegal trade in art was rife, at least in eastern Germany. In communist East Germany private collectors and aristocrats in particular were systematically dispossessed. The public collections have now had two decades to come to agreements with the artworks' former owners. Where that has not been possible, auction houses now have cause to rejoice. Hungary: Resistance from the Judiciary - Time and again Viktor Orban's regime in Hungary has tried to disempower the country's courts. They have been bastions of resistance and overturned one piece of legislation after another. The history of Hungary's only opposition radio station is all too symbolic of the power struggle between the government and the courts. The state media authority has already tried several times to revoke the frequency rights of the broadcaster Klubradió. Now, for the fourth time, a court has ruled in favor of the station. The courts also struck down a ban on homeless people living on the streets and an amendment on church recognition. Now Hungary's right-wing prime minister Viktor Orban has amended the constitution, drastically curtailing the powers of the Constitutional Court. Russia: Self-help on the Roads - They film everything that moves on Russia's roads: car accidents, meteor strikes and traffic jams. Dash cams have taken off in Russia. More and more drivers have dashboard mounted cameras in their vehicles, though that has little to do with pure voyeurism. Whether staged car accidents or cases of attempts at police bribery, when there's doubt, the pictures from dash cams are considered in court to constitute evidence.

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