Parliamentary groups quiz the EC President-designate
Ursula von der Leyen

Parliamentary groups quiz the EC President-designate

The whole house will vote on the EU executive chief for the next five years

In preparation for the big debate and vote on the new Commission President, on 16 July, during the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg, the candidate to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker, Ursula von der Leyen, spent long hours in the EP in Brussels during the last days, holding a series of meetings with parliamentary groups. She also took part in the sitting of the extraordinary Conference of Presidents.

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  • Climate activists disrupt British cities

    Climate activists disrupt British cities

    Environmental activists from the Extinction Rebellion group took the streets of five British cities on Monday in a new wave of action, aimed at forcing the government to act to help avert climate change. As part of the so-called "Summer uprising" in all the targeted cities, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and London, a large boat with the words “ACT NOW!” is to be unveiled. The protests will continue until 19 July, event pages on social media state.

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  • Military intelligence in clutches of Prokopiev and Vassilev

    Military intelligence in clutches of Prokopiev and Vassilev

    A textbook KGB-style operation has been launched by the indicted oligarch-publishers and their mentor former PM Ivan Kostov. This was prompted by the charges that the Prosecutor’s Office brought up against the former head of the Military Information agency (editor’s note – the military intelligence) Gen. Plamen Angelov and the incumbent Gen. Svetoslav Daskalov a week ago for issuing 504 approvals for the highest-level access to NATO and EU classified information in violation of the law.

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  • China's economic growth the lowest in 27 years

    China's economic growth the lowest in 27 years

    China released on Monday its second-quarter figures on Monday and they are showing that country's economy slowed to 6.2% - the weakest rate in at least 27 years, as the country’s trade war with the US remains still unsolved. The 6.2% growth from a year ago is in line with the expectations of analysts polled by Reuters, but is way lower than the 6.4% year-on-year growth in the first quarter of 2019.

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  • First quantum entanglement image captured

    First quantum entanglement image captured

    Quantum entanglement, where two objects become intertwined and remain so no matter the distance that grows between them, is a tricky phenomenon to study let alone photograph. But scientists from the School of Physics and Astronomy to University of Glasgow have now managed the latter, capturing an image of this strange bond for the first time.

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  • Protesters tarnished France’s National day

    Protesters tarnished France’s National day

    French police fired tear gas at protesters during a tense standoff in central Paris on Sunday in the aftermath of the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees, news wires reported. Officers attempted to disperse dozens of protesters, who chanted anti-government slogans, knocked down security barriers erected for the parade and set fire to refuse bins.

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  • Italy to propose new EU approach on migration

    Italy to propose new EU approach on migration

    Italy's Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi will propose a new European Union approach on migration during the meeting with his EU counterparts on Monday, news wires reported. "We cannot continue to proceed on a case-by-case basis, looking each time for emergency solutions. We need a structured, stable mechanism," Milanesi told Sunday's Corriere della Sera newspaper.

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