The Guardian : The Conservatives have been forced to admit that their chief whip asked MPs to breach Commons voting conventions in knife-edge Brexit votes on Tuesday, as opposition parties demanded he quit and queried the accuracy of the prime minister’s account of events.… Be Informed
Euronews : President Putin says his meeting with President Trump was “successful and has led to useful agreements”.
At a speech to his Ambassadors and permanent representatives on Thursday, he also added, building a stable Europe doesn’t mean putting military bases near Russia.… Be Informed
President Donald Trump has asked national security adviser John Bolton to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington in the fall.
That’s the latest update Thursday from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders following Trump’s meeting with Putin earlier this week in Finland.… Be Informed
“Caro nonno mi dispiace per il 19 luglio 1992. Certo se tu fossi vivo avresti capito quanto ti coccolerei. Ti voglio bene. La tua nipotina Fiammetta Borsellino”. With these words, the grandchild of Paolo Borsellino sends her love to her grandfather who was killed by the Mafia in 1992.… Be Informed
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
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
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
The European Commission has today adopted a Communication outlining the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.
On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the EU and become a third country.… Be Informed
Sky News: Murders have risen by 12% and crimes involving knives or sharp instruments by 16% in England and Wales, new figures show.
A total of 701 murders were recorded by police in the year to March 2018 – the fourth consecutive increase – according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).… Be Informed
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 EURACTIV.com.
“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 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.… Be Informed
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
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
The Turkish government has ended the nationwide state of emergency that was imposed two years ago after a failed coup attempt, state media say.
Under the state of emergency, tens of thousands of people were arrested or dismissed from their jobs.… Be Informed
Police believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the novichok attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, the Press Association has reported.
The 66-year-old and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were attacked with the deadly nerve agent at their home in Salisbury, Wiltshire.… Be Informed
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 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
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