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Day: July 16, 2019

Von der Leyen new head of EU
Europe, Featured

Von der Leyen new head of EU

    Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed as the European Commission president Tuesday, becoming the first woman to hold one of the most prestigious positions in the European Union and who will be one of the most prominent faces from the bloc on the world stage. The European Parliament voted 383-327 with 22 abstentions to approve von der Leyen's nomination. The confirmation required an absolute majority of 374 votes and the outgoing German defense minister scraped through with barely nine votes to spare in a cliffhanger vote. A majority is a majority in politics, she said when questioned about her narrow escape. Von der Leyen will replace Jean-Claude Juncker when his term expires at the end of October. She was put forward as a last-minute candidate by EU leaders as part o...
Boris out if he tries no deal path
Featured, United Kingdom

Boris out if he tries no deal path

    Former cabinet ministers could be among those who feel they have no choice but to vote down a Boris Johnson administration in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit, Dominic Grieve has said. The former attorney general said it was significant that both Johnson and his rival, Jeremy Hunt, had rejected any prospect of compromise on the backstop at a Sun leadership hustings on Monday night. Johnson and Hunt declared the Northern Ireland backstop “dead” and ruled out trying to tweak it, saying it was no good to have a time limit on the backstop or a way of the UK exiting it unilaterally – even though Eurosceptics had previously indicated they could vote for such compromises. Grieve said the tough stance was not surprising but signalled that no deal was more likely. “I thin...