The European People's Party (EPP) leader Manfred Weber has set out the 12 points he would prioritise if he manages to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president. Weber, speaking in Athens, said above all he would "fight against nationalists who want to destroy Europe" and work to "completely remove anti-Semitism from the continent". He said his campaign plan is based on a "listening tour" he conducted across Europe and consists of changes in areas such as security, rule of law, and job creation. Weber stressed the need to better protect the continent against foreign threats and reduce some of the red tape around European institutions. He also talked about negotiating the right trade agreements for the bloc and taking on more responsibility in the fight against climate change. Weber's plan also includes a digital tax to help workers adapt to technological changes and an independent rule of law mechanism that benefits all communities. You can watch him launch his … [Read more...] about Watch again: Manfred Weber vows to ‘fight nationalists’ who want to destroy European Union
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As key European elections loom ever closer, we've taken a look at who could land the EU's top job in Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker is the current president of the European Commission but a group of hopefuls are jostling to succeed him after the May poll. Political groupings in the European Parliament have named their spitzenkandidat, which is German for the lead candidate of a party. It also lends its name to the process for choosing the next EU Commission president, which we've explained in detail here. Here are the candidates so far: European People's Party (EPP) Manfred Weber Manfred Weber is known as a moderate power broker in Brussels and began his political career at the age of 29 when he became Bavaria’s youngest parliamentary member in 2003. Weber was elected leader of the EPP in 2014. At 41, he was the youngest group leader in the European Parliament at the time. He was born in Landshut, Bavaria, West Germany in 1972, and graduated with a degree in engineering from a … [Read more...] about European Parliament elections 2019: who are the candidates for the EU’s top job?
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Phil Davison, The Washington Post Published 2:04 pm PDT, Saturday, August 18, 2018 Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma, a scion of one of Europe's oldest royal families who trained as an Allied paratrooper during World War II and helped liberate Nazi-occupied France - and later suffered 10 months of torture by the Viet Minh during a postwar assignment in French Indochina, died July 7 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. He was 92. His stepson Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, a jeweler with a global reputation, announced the death but did not disclose the cause. Prince Michel, who received decorations from France, Britain and the United States for his military valor, was a businessman who, for a time, worked for Zodiac Nautic, the company that created the Zodiac Rigid Inflatable Boat, initially meant for military use but now a favorite of rescue workers and sailing buffs worldwide. He also was a liaison between French companies seeking government contracts in Iran until the … [Read more...] about Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma, European royal and Allied paratrooper, dies at 92
World Hungary George Soros migrant crisis Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s witch hunt against philanthropist billionaire George Soros and his government’s crackdown against migrants could soon get the leader into hot water. On Thursday, the European Union published a letter announcing that Hungary is in breach of European law over its “Stop Soros” bill, which makes it illegal for organizations or people to provide assistance to migrants and refugees. The letter is the first step to taking Hungary to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over the controversial law. Hungary has two months to respond to the letter before it will be taken to court. The move was welcomed by human rights advocates, but some analysts say it’s unlikely to stop Orban’s crackdown against migrants completely. “The steps by the European Commission are not surprising because the laws clearly violate international standards. They also violate basic human decency: … [Read more...] about Witch Hunt Against George Soros and Migrants Might Soon Be Punished in Viktor Orban’s Hungary