When the European parliament elected a new president last week, many of the headlines focused on one thing: the fact that she’s against abortion. But Roberta Metsola’s public stance is not at all unusual in a country with one of the strictest abortion bans in the world. This week we’re asking: where does this incredibly strong taboo come from? Researcher and activist Liza Caruana-Finkel is here to fill us in. We’re also talking about Chinese influence at European universities, and the case of a toilet that went all the way to Italy’s Supreme Court.