By Alissa de Carbonnel and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The outgoing chairman of European Union national leaders on Thursday urged the European Parliament to approve Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen as the next head of the bloc’s executive after some in the assembly criticised her nomination. Donald Tusk addressed the assembly after three days of messy talks between the 28 member states finally produced a deal on a new leadership for the EU, with von der Leyen to lead the European Commission and France’s Christine Lagarde the European Central Bank. “For the first time, we achieved perfect gender balance in the top positions. Europe is not only talking about women, it is choosing women,” Tusk told the assembly, which will vote on von der Leyen in mid-July. “I hope it will inspire the European Parliament in its decisions. The other positions at the helm of the European Parliament and EU diplomacy, as well as Tusk’s … [Read more...] about EU’s Tusk urges European Parliament to confirm von der Leyen
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STRASBOURG (Reuters) – The European Parliament on Tuesday confirmed Ursula von der Leyen, a German conservative, as the next president of the executive EU Commission by 383 votes to 327 against, the speaker of the assembly, David Sassoli, said. Von der Leyen, a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, needed a minimum 374 votes to be confirmed. There were 22 abstentions and one blank vote, he added. (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Gareth Jones) … [Read more...] about EU parliament confirms von der Leyen as next executive head
0 Have your say From: John Roberts, St John’s Court, St John’s, Wakefield. I COULD not help noticing that the dinner in Salzburg, after the Theresa May’s somewhat fruitless 10-minute discussion, was on the stage where the Von Trapp children made their final concert in the film The Sound of Music, before making their escape over the mountains into Switzerland.Could this be a sign of things to come – an escape from the costly oppressive EU with a no-deal arrangement? A certain irony there to say the least, but life is full of irony!From: John Hall, Pennithorne Avenue, Baildon.IN the blustery, May-Trump post-truth world, the NHS will get an extra £350m a-week; Northern Irish republicans will delight in becoming merely British again; Thatcherite reforms will continue with the rest of the world clamouring for our services while the foreign-owned cars and few other manufactured goods we produce are hit by tariffs and Chinese copies. … [Read more...] about YP Letters: Should Theresa May follow the Von Trapps and head for the hills?
Feb 14, 2:31 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Pritha Paul @ZiggyZina143 02/14/19 AT 2:02 AM The sanctions against North Korea will not be lifted until DPRK implements complete denuclearization of the country, as was promised by its leader Kim Jong Un in the Singapore summit in June, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris said Thursday."Our goal remains the same: to achieve our shared objective of a final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK as committed [to] by Chairman Kim in Singapore," Harris said during a forum hosted by think tank Chey Institute for Advanced Studies, Yonhap News reported. "The United States and our South Korean ally are in complete agreement that sanctions will remain until DPRK denuclearizes.”As both President Donald Trump and Kim prepare for their second summit, to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from Feb. 27-28, Harris said he hoped for a "brighter, more … [Read more...] about North Korea Sanctions Staying Until Complete Denuclearization, DPRK Exploring Alternative Energy Sources
Mike Smith will ride Justify for a shot at the Triple Crown in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. He’ll compete against nine other horse/jockey combinations -- and all nine other jockeys will be men. In fact, over the past 48 years, more than 300 jockeys have ridden in Triple Crown races, and only six have been women. A female jockey hasn’t competed in a Triple Crown race since Rosie Napravnik rode General a Rod in the Belmont four years ago. “It’s an incredible feeling, it always validated how far I’ve come, and making it to the level I wanted to be riding at,” said Napravnik, who retired from racing in 2014 at 26 while seven weeks pregnant. “It’s really all about the quality of horses that you’re riding. …That’s why we’re in the game and that’s why we ride to get to the top level.” But Napravnik is the exception. About eight percent of jockeys are female, according to the Jockeys’ Guild … [Read more...] about ‘Tough Game for Women’: Female Jockeys Missing Again at Triple Crown