Tory MP submits letter of no confidence in Theresa May. A no confidence vote is triggered through the delivery of 48 similar letters

The Independent UK: Tory MP Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May to the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, saying he has “lost trust” in her ability to deliver the EU referendum result.

In correspondence with his constituents, the MP for Shipley said the prime minister’s Chequers plan for Brexit is “unacceptable” and failure to deliver Brexit could end with Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister.… Be Informed

European Commission takes further steps in infringement procedures against Hungary on migration

The European Commission has today decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) for non-compliance of its asylum and return legislation with EU law. The Commission has today sent a letter of formal notice to Hungary concerning new Hungarian legislation which criminalises activities that support asylum and residence applications and further restricts the right to request asylum.… Be Informed

Anti-Money Laundering: EU Commission calls on Latvia, Malta and Spain to completely transpose the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive

Eu Commission: Thursday, the EU Commission has sent reasoned opinions to Latvia and Spain, and an additional reasoned opinion to Malta for failing to implement the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive into national law.

Spain has so far only partially transposed the rules, and the Commission has found the transposition in Latvia and Malta incomplete.… Be Informed

Romania’s first decade of EU membership was mishandled – Romania’s EU accession chief negotiator

Euractiv: Since Romania joined the EU in 2007, successive governments have failed to make the best of bloc membership but there is strong pressure for change in the country, the man who supervised Bucharest’s accession negotiations told

“What happened since 2004 [when Romania wrapped up its talks] was, unfortunately, that the governments were not very much committed to implementing EU policies,” said Vasile Puscas, the chief negotiator of Romania’s EU accession and former minister for European affairs.… Be Informed

Ryanair cancels 600 flights in Europe on July 25 and 26 due to cabin crew strikes

Ryanair announced it had cancelled 600 flights in Europe on July 25 and 26 due to cabin crew strikes in Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

The low-cost Irish airline which predicted that 100,000 passengers would be affected, said in a statement they had “been offered re-accommodation on alternative flights” or a complete refund.

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Israel approves Jewish nation state law

Times of Israel/Middle East Eye/ BBC: On Thursday, the Israeli government formally passed the “Jewish nation state”law. With the Knesset’s summer recess on the horizon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to pass the law ahead of the break.

“This is a defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the history of the state of Israel,” Netanyahu told the Knesset after the vote.… Be Informed

Hungarian PM Orban hail himself and Netanyahu as patriots

Times of Israel: The close ties between Israel and Hungary derive from the fact that both countries are led by “patriots,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday in Jerusalem.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the controversial Hungarian leader also asserted that there there was “zero tolerance” for anti-Semitism in his country, claiming that while hatred of Jews is on the rise in Western Europe, it is declining in the eastern part of the continent.… Be Informed

Trump’s new version focuses on a tough stance

AP: President Donald Trump spent a second day Wednesday managing the political fallout from his widely criticised meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were misstatements.

His toughness with the longtime American foe in question, Trump said he told the Russian president face-to-face during Monday’s summit to stay out of America’s elections “and that’s the way it’s going to be.”

BBC: The White House has insisted it believes Russia still poses a threat to the US amid confusion over comments made by President Donald Trump.… Be Informed

Nicaraguan forces violently retake symbolic city

Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians on Tuesday laid siege to and then retook a symbolically important neighborhood that had recently become a center of resistance to President Daniel Ortega’s government.

Government forces began advancing on Masaya’s Monimbo neighborhood before dawn and had largely regained control of it by the afternoon for the first time since massive protests against Ortega’s government began in mid-April.… Be Informed

Google accuses Brussels of trying to dismantle its business model

Financial Times: Google accused Brussels of trying to dismantle its lucrative business model for smartphones and other mobile devices on Thursday, as it considered asking for emergency court protection against the EU’s record-breaking €4.3bn antitrust ruling.

The European Commission has given the US group 90 days to overhaul its Android mobile operating system, demanding that it remove illegal restrictions designed to stymie competition and generate more traffic for Google’s search engine.… Be Informed