Posts published in Day: July 16, 2019

Von der Leyen seeks to secure EU top job at parliament

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Outgoing German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday set out her political objectives on a greener, gender-equal Europe where the rule of law continues to hold sway, in an attempt to woo enough legislators at the European Parliament to secure the job of European Commission President The Christian Democrat of the European People’s Party is seeking to become the first woman to hold perhaps the most important post…

Nausėda, visiting Poland, urged to get more personal than Grybauskaitė

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Gitanas Nausėda, the new Lithuanian President, is in Poland on his first official visit abroad. Lithuanian political experts have commented to LRT, what should be the aim of the visit, where the economist-turned-President is meeting with counterpart Andrzej Duda and other top politicians. Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports that the observers it approached about the Tuesday, July 16, visit believe that Nausėda’s decision to go to Warsaw on his first…

Polls show sour views of race relations in Trump’s America

By Hannah Fingerhut on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Even before President Donald Trump’s racist tweets toward four Democratic congresswomen of color, Americans considered race relations in the United States to be generally bad — and said that Trump has been making them worse. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the congresswomen should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, despite the fact that all are American citizens and three were born in the U.S.…

Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers carry out patrolling mission over Baltic Sea

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers have carried out a planned patrolling mission over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday. “The flight lasted for more than seven hours,” it said. At certain stages of the flight, Danish, Finnish and Swedish fighter aircraft were scrambled to intercept the Russian bombers, it said. “All flights by Russian Aerospace Forces are carried out in strict accordance…

Austria: Ukrainian businessman’s US extradition on hold

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Austria’s justice minister has approved the extradition to the U.S. of Ukrainian businessman Dymitro Firtash, but he can stay in Austria while a court considers a defense motion to reopen the case, authorities said Tuesday. Last month, Austria’s Supreme Court of Justice ruled that Firtash — who prosecutors say had business ties to President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort — can be extradited to face a U.S. indictment accusing…

Krapane says she has information about mandatory procurement component that may lead to new criminal cases

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Ieva Krapane, head of the parliamentary investigative commission on the mandatory procurement component (MPC) system, has information that may lead to new criminal proceedings, the politician told reporters today. Krapane has spoken to several persons connected to the MPC business environment and also seen certain documents signed by officials, she said after the investigative commission today decided to ask Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers to delegate one or more prosecutors to…

Dutch court needs more time to rule on Crimean treasures

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

An appeals court in Amsterdam said Tuesday it needs more time to rule on the ownership of a valuable trove of historical artefacts loaned to a Dutch museum by four museums in Crimea shortly before the region’s annexation by Russia in 2014. The Amsterdam Court of Appeal said in an interim ruling that it needs “greater clarity” on the competing claims by Ukraine and the museums in Crimea. The court…

Estonian president discusses future of European defense cooperation in Paris

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid participated in a working lunch held at the the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on Sunday, where the heads of state and government of the countries participating in the French-led European Intervention Initiative (EI2) discussed the future of defense cooperation in Europe. “It is very positive that the European Union is taking increased responsibility in organizing the security and defense of its citizens. It should be…

Thailand’s new Cabinet sworn in, ending rule by army junta

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Thailand’s new Cabinet has been sworn in, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as army commander seized power in a 2014 coup and then served as junta leader and prime minister, returns to serve again as prime minister. This time he was elected by a parliamentary vote after a…

Col Rauno Sirk to become new commander of Estonian Air Force

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Estonian Minister of Defense Juri Luik has signed directives whereby Col. Rauno Sirk is appointed commander of the Estonian Air Force and Lt. Col. Margus Kuul commander of the Special Operations Force. Sirk has for the past three years been director of the Center for Defense Investment (ECDI). He has also previously served as chief of the Amari air base, chief of staff of the Air Force and as deputy…