No progress made on new EU top jobs

No progress made on new EU top jobs

EU leaders remained very divided and found no compromise on one of the key points of the European Council's agenda on June 20 - to make decisions to appoint a new President of the European Council and nominate candidates for the EC President, the President of the European Central Bank and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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  • Poland's judicial reform ruled unlawful

    Poland's judicial reform ruled unlawful

    The EU's top court ruled last Monday that the Polish law that pushed Supreme Court judges into early retirement violates EU law, news wires reported. In its ruling, the European Court of Justice said the measures “undermines the principle of the irremovability of judges, that principle being essential to their independence.”

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  • New US law forces big tech to disclose value of data

    New US law forces big tech to disclose value of data

    A new bill, that would force tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook to tell users how much their data is worth was introduced by American lawmakers on Monday. In an age where data is exploited as one of the world’s most valuable resources, the law would put a spotlight on what’s otherwise been a hidden side to the tech economy.

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  • EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements to be signed

    EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements to be signed

    The Council of Ministers today approved the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion at the end of the week. EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom and Romanian Minister for Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship Stefan-Radu Oprea are now expected to sign the agreement on the EU's behalf in Hanoi on Sunday 30 June.

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  • Czech's PM resignation demanded in largest protests since 1989

    Czech's PM resignation demanded in largest protests since 1989

    In the largest protest in 30 years, almost 260,000 Czech demonstrators took to the streets of Prague on Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis and of Justice Minister Marie Benesova. Organised by “One Million Moments for Democracy”, the 23 June protest filled the historic Letna Park, the site of massive anti-Communist protests during the 1989 Velvet Revolution that brought down the hated Soviet-backed regime.

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  • Iran: New sanctions end ‘channel of diplomacy forever’

    Iran: New sanctions end ‘channel of diplomacy forever’

    A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry took to Twitter Tuesday to call out President Trump’s latest decision to impose additional sanctions, insisting that the move permanently ends any chance of diplomacy between countries. “Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security,” the tweet from Abbas Mousavi reads.

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  • European Commission assesses differences in food products

    European Commission assesses differences in food products

    The European Commission on Monday published the results of a pan-European testing campaign of food products showing that some products are identically or similarly branded while having a different composition. Since his State of the Union Address in 2017, President Jean-Claude Juncker has been committed to addressing the issue of dual quality of products, Commission's press service noted.

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  • Raspberry Pi 4 micro-computer launched

    Raspberry Pi 4 micro-computer launched

    Today, Raspberry Pi Foundation is introducing a new version of its popular line of low-cost single-board computer. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is advertised as the fastest Raspberry Pi so far, with the company promising "desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems" as well, in a move apparently aimed at challenging traditional PCs.

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  • Georgia's ruling party announces sweeping electoral reform

    Georgia's ruling party announces sweeping electoral reform

    The leader of Georgia's ruling party says the ex-Soviet nation will hold the next parliamentary election based entirely on a proportionate system, fulfilling a key demand of anti-government protesters, news wires reported. Bidzina Ivanishvili, the founder of the Georgian Dream party, on Monday announced a "large-scale political reform". There will also be no threshold for parties to enter parliament, he said.

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