News / UK and world by Press Association July 2, 2019, 5:37 pm Updated: July 2, 2019, 8:05 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter EU leaders broke a deadlock on Tuesday after three days of arduous negotiations and nominated German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen to become the new president of the European Commission, and take over from Jean-Claude Juncker for the next five years. European Council president Donald Tusk said in a series of tweets that Belgian prime minister Charles Michel would take over from him in the autumn. Frenchwoman Christine Lagarde was proposed as president of the European Central Bank, while Spanish foreign minister Josep Borrell was nominated to become EU foreign policy chief, meaning he would be charged with supervising the Iran nuclear deal, among other duties. Only Mr Michel can take up his post in November without other formalities. The others, notably Ms von der Leyen, must be endorsed by the European Parliament. … [Read more...] about EU leaders break deadlock to nominate candidates for top posts
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By Gabriela Baczynska and Daphne Psaledakis BRUSSELS (Reuters) – When the men who run the European Union pick its new leaders this year, they might finally appoint a few more women. But don’t expect a radical change any time soon. The EU has opened talks to name the people who will run its key institutions for the next five years. The top post at the European Central Bank, picked every eight years, comes vacant this year too. Negotiators in Brussels and European capitals will have to weigh the interests of north and south, right and left, big countries and small, richer and poorer. But this year, there is more pressure than usual to balance the sexes too. None of the three most powerful European institutions – the EU’s executive Commission, its Council of national leaders and the ECB – has ever been led by a woman. “This situation is ridiculous. There are still too few women. That applies to all the other top jobs in the EU,” the outgoing … [Read more...] about More women in the EU leadership? Don’t expect too much
Over the coming weeks, Euronews will be speaking to the leading candidates to take the EU’s top job after elections next month. Violeta Tomic, who is representing the European Left, will be live at 16h CET on Tuesday 30th April. Who is Violeta Tomic? Tomic is a Slovenian politician and former theatre actor, born in 1963. She studied Stage Acting and Art of Speech at the University of Ljubljana, and got her degree in 1985. Career For the first 15 years of Tomic’s career, she was employed as an actor by the Ljubljana City Theatre. There, Tomic also directed shows, taught theatre classes and worked as a TV presenter. She left the City Theatre in 2002 and became self-employed in the arts. She worked an array of jobs in culture, ranging from synchronising cartoons to teaching theatre workshops for children with Down syndrome. From 2007-2011, Tomic served as a representative to the Slovenian Association of Dramatic Artists for those self-employed in the arts. Her first foray … [Read more...] about EU Elections 2019: Who is Violeta Tomic? And what does she stand for?
With British Prime Minister Theresa May seemingly struggling to win support for her Brexit deal there is much talk that Britain should go for the so-called Norway-plus model, but Norwegian academic Hans Petter Graver argues that it won't all be rosy. The UK parliament’s rejection of the government’s Brexit deal has put the idea of a “Norway-plus” model back on the table as a possible outcome of the UK’s long march towards Brexit. Norway is not a member of the EU, but it is associated with the bloc through more than 130 agreements, including the comprehensive European Economic Area (EEA) agreement. Through these agreements, Norway has incorporated roughly three quarters of EU legislation, but is not involved in making these laws. The EEA agreement is based on a structure that mirrors the governance and legal institutions, with bridging arrangements between the countries in both the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and … [Read more...] about Brexit: A Norwegian view on ‘Norway-plus’ and why it wouldn’t be easy for the UK
Born on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, a seven-year-old girl was put through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by her mother. "One weekend, a lady came to visit. I was not informed. I bled so much I fainted," the girl, whose anonymity has been protected, told the NGO Equality Now. "Now that you have become a woman, I have nothing to feed you, so you will be married," her mother reportedly told her. "You have to respect him and do whatever he tells you.’ This is just one example among the more than 200 million women and girls worldwide who have gone through FGM, a procedure where female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed. The majority of these cases are performed by traditional circumcisers or cutters who do not have any medical training, according to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Addu Abdala Dubba, a former circumciser in a small village in Ethiopia, used to cut girls with a blade that looks no different to a basic … [Read more...] about Female Genital Mutilation Zero Tolerance Day: can the practice ever be eradicated?