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Former German defence minister wins narrow backing of MEPs to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker in the EU’s top job

Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the European commission’s first female president and the first German in the top EU job for over 50 years.

In a secret ballot, MEPs voted narrowly to support her as a replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker when he steps down on 31 October.
Ursula von der Leyen elected first female European commission president
#EuropeanUnion #Europeancommission #UrsulavonderLeyen #Europe #Worldnews
 
Hong Kong showed China is a threat to democracy. Now Europe must defend Taiwan | Anders Fogh Rasmussen
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/16/hong-kong-china-democracy-europe-taiwan-beijing-eu
#Taiwan #Worldnews #AsiaPacific #HongKong #China #EuropeanUnion #Europe
 
Number of new applicants from Great Britain alone has risen from 6,000 to 31,000 in period

The number of first-time applications for Irish passports from Great Britain has risen sharply since the referendum with five times as many people interesting in acquiring one.

In Northern Ireland, where all citizens are entitled to an Irish passport, the number of first-time applications has more than doubled.
First-time applications for Irish passports up sharply since 2015
#Ireland #NorthernIreland #Brexit #NorthernIrishpolitics #Europe #Politics #UKnews #EuropeanUnion #Foreignpolicy #Worldnews
 
The former German defence minister is the nominee for EU Commission president, but she doesn't have universal support. #Europe #EuropeanUnion #EuropeanElections2019
 
The EU commission president candidate Ursula von der Leyen was booed by Brexit party MEPs as she spoke of her openness to extend the UK’s membership of the EU after 31 October. Speaking in Strasbourg before a vote on Tuesday evening to confirm her position, the outgoing German defence minister said: 'I stand ready for a further extension of the withdrawal date, should more time be required for a good reason.' The leader of the Brexit party, Nigel Farage, accused Von der Leyen of wanting to build 'a centralised, undemocratic, updated form of communism where nation state parliaments will cease to have any relevance at all'
Ursula von der Leyen booed by Brexit party MEPs over Brexit extension – video
#EuropeanUnion #UrsulavonderLeyen #Brexitparty #Brexit #Europe
 
Next PM will be told in ‘no uncertain terms’ that axing backstop amounts to no deal

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt’s Brexit plan to axe the Irish border backstop from the withdrawal agreement will be rejected outright by the European Union, EU sources have said.

Informed sources say that it is doomed to failure and if the next prime minister goes to Brussels with such a plan, he will be told in “no uncertain terms” that it amounts to a declaration of no deal.
EU expected to reject outright Johnson and Hunt's backstop plan
#Brexit #EuropeanUnion #Conservativeleadership #Conservatives #BorisJohnson #JeremyHunt #Politics #UKnews #Foreignpolicy #Europe
 
Statement by foreign ministry comes after EU takes punitive steps against Ankara's activities in eastern Mediterranean. #Turkey #Cyprus #MiddleEast #Europe #EuropeanUnion
 
Charity accuses government agencies of ignoring ‘rampant’ rule-breaking in industry, and encourages whistleblowers

A website for whistleblowers to expose illegal or unethical practices in the fishing industry has been launched by a charity campaigning to end overfishing in European Union waters.

“Fishyleaks” has been set up by Our Fish to provide an anonymous and secure way for people working in the industry, enforcement bodies and others to shine a light on bad practice.
‘Fishyleaks’ website hopes to land those guilty of overfishing
#Environment #EuropeanUnion #Fishing #Conservation #Marinelife #Worldnews #Europe
 
‘I want my country’s image to be good’: has Romania’s ruling party moved on?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/16/i-want-my-countrys-image-to-be-good-has-romanias-ruling-party-moved-on
#Romania #Europe #Worldnews #EuropeanUnion #UKnews
 
Don’t let nationalism win – we can create a better Europe from within | Magid Magid
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/15/nationalism-europe-eu
#EuropeanUnion #Europe #Brexit #Politics #Worldnews #UKnews
 
Legal experts condemn ‘disgraceful and illegal manipulation of system’

The Home Office lied to EU member states to remove victims of human trafficking and modern slavery in breach of European law, according to whistleblowers.

Legal experts have said the practice is “unthinkable” and “a disgraceful and illegal manipulation of the system”. The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has urged the sources to contact Yvette Cooper, chair of the home affairs select committee. “These are clearly serious allegations which must be properly investigated,” said Khan’s spokesperson.
Home Office lied to EU countries so it could deport slavery victims, say whistleblowers
#HomeOffice #Immigrationandasylum #Humantrafficking #Slavery #Law #Politics #UKnews #Worldnews #EuropeanUnion #Europe
 
Leftwing parties must grapple with victory as well as defeat | Letters
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/14/leftwing-parties-must-grapple-with-victory-as-well-as-defeat
#Europe #Syriza #Labour #EuropeanUnion #Greece #YanisVaroufakis #Portugal #JeremyCorbyn #Politics #Brexit
 
Police fire tear gas at protesters during a tense standoff in capital Paris following the annual military parade. #Europe #France #EmmanuelMacron #EuropeanUnion
 
As a correspondent, the likely future PM produced exaggerated tales that were lapped up at home

It was a classic Boris Johnson dispatch from Brussels – funny, mocking and only partially based on fact.

Under the headline “Italy fails to measure up on condoms”, Johnson revealed in the Daily Telegraph that “Brussels bureaucrats have shown their legendary attention to detail by rejecting new specifications for condom dimensions”, despite demands from the Italian rubber industry for a smaller minimum width. Readers were informed the decision had left “Italian egos smarting”, and he quoted an official spokesperson – Willy Hélin – who insisted “this is a very serious business”.
How Boris Johnson's Brussels-bashing stories shaped British politics
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President Macron uses France’s national day to celebrate European defence cooperation

France’s annual Bastille Day parade showcased European military cooperation and innovation on Sunday, complete with a French inventor hovering above Paris on a jet-powered flyboard.

The former jetskiing champion and military reservist Franky Zapata clutched a rifle as he soared above the Champs-Élysées on his futuristic machine, which the French military has helped to develop.
Jet-powered flyboard soars over Paris for Bastille Day parade
#France #EmmanuelMacron #EuropeanUnion #Paris #Europe
 
UN refugee agency and International Organization for Migration demand restart of rescues and a halt to returns to Libya. #UnitedNations #Refugees #Migrants #Libya #Italy #Europe #EuropeanUnion #MiddleEast #Africa
 
We investigate why Hungary, under its authoritarian leader Viktor Orban, has repeatedly clashed with the European Union. #TheFarRight #Hungary #Europe #Democracy #Immigration #Racism #EuropeanUnion #Refugees #Law #HumanRights
 
Two women won the backing of EU leaders to head the European commission and the European Central Bank, breaking with more than 60 years of male dominance
Andrzej Krauze on top EU jobs – cartoon
#EuropeanUnion #Europe #ChristineLagarde #UrsulavonderLeyen #EuropeanCentralBank #Economics #Business #Worldnews #Women
 
Three years on, we’ve still not answered the question: what has the EU done for us? | David Conn
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/10/question-eu-done-european-funding-britain-local-area
#Regeneration #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Brexit #UKnews #Politics #Communities #Society
 
Labour Party would back remain in any second EU poll to stop no-deal divorce or 'damaging' Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn says. #Brexit #JeremyCorbyn #UnitedKingdom #LabourParty #EuropeanUnion #Europe
 
Politicians will be briefed on reports setting out challenges and impact on economy

Irish cabinet ministers will meet on Tuesday to hear of the “dire” consequences of a no-deal Brexit on Ireland and the all-Ireland economy.

At a special cabinet meeting, they will be briefed on three reports prepared by the office of the deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney, which set out the difficult challenges Ireland faces if Britain leaves the EU leaves without a deal.
Irish ministers meet to discuss 'dire' outcomes of no-deal Brexit
#Ireland #Europe #Worldnews #Brexit #Article50 #EuropeanUnion #Foreignpolicy #Politics #UKnews
 
Carola Rackete defied Italy’s ban on migrant rescue ships by forcing her way into the port of Lampedusa last week. She tells the Guardian’s Lorenzo Tondo she would do it all again, even though she faces a lengthy trial and a possible jail sentence. Plus: Simon Jenkins on the leaked diplomatic cables of the UK’s Washington ambassador, which were highly critical of Donald Trump

On 12 June the crew of the rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 pulled a group of migrants from an inflatable raft drifting off the Libyan coast. Its German captain, Carola Rackete, was denied entry into the Italian port of Lampedusa but eventually forced her way in past military vessels.

When she disembarked with the 42 rescued migrants she faced a mixed reception. Some of the crowd gathered on the quay cheered her but others hurled abuse and threats. She was immediately arrested and is facing the prospect of a long trial on charges of aiding illegal immigration and attempting to ram a patrol vessel. The Guardian correspondent Lorenzo Tondo has spoken to her... Show more...
 
Russia has been undermining Bosnia's stability to keep the country out of NATO, analysts say. #NATO #Bosnia #Russia #Serbia #Croatia #Europe #EuropeanUnion
 
Energy minister says ship is doing final tests before it starts work, days after the EU called Ankara's actions illegal. #Cyprus #Turkey #Europe #EuropeanUnion #Greece
 
Tory favourite also hits out at Theresa May for ‘computer says no’ approach to government

Boris Johnson has claimed he is “not bluffing” over his commitment to take the UK out of the European Union on 31 October with or without a deal and has criticised Theresa May for a “diet of miserablism”.

The Conservative leadership frontrunner said the EU had to “look deep into our eyes” and realise the UK was prepared to walk away on Halloween.
Boris Johnson 'not bluffing' about quitting EU on 31 October with no deal
#BorisJohnson #Conservativeleadership #Conservatives #Politics #Brexit #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Foreignpolicy #UKnews
 
Iran says it will begin enriching uranium beyond the 3.67 percent limit set in its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. #Iran #EuropeanUnion #Nuclearweapons #Nuclearenergy #MiddleEast
 
The Guardian’s sketch writer, John Crace, on why satire is one of the most powerful tools we have

In some ways, by accident. I had a whole series of non jobs in my 20s and reached a point where I wondered how I could explain the gap in my CV, but I started freelancing. Around this time – 1990 – print journalism was expanding, there were lots of supplements being born, and therefore plenty of work for freelancers. I sent a piece in to the Guardian on spec and it was used in the paper, and things took off from there. I was commissioned by the Independent on Sunday to write for their Education and Society supplement and gradually became a feature within their pages. Then the Guardian gave me a freelance contract, which required me to submit a certain number of words per year, so I had some job security. I started writing for G2 and got to know other Guardian editors, many of whom were kind enough to give me a chance at writing for them.

I’ve started referring to Boris Johnson as Mr Blobby because there's something quite cartoonish and absurd about h... Show more...
 
Steve Bell on Ann Widdecombe's speech to MEPs – cartoon
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/jul/04/steve-bell-ann-widdecombe-speech-brexit-party-cartoon
#AnnWiddecombe #Brexitparty #EuropeanUnion #Politics #Europe #UKnews
 
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