Thursday, June 30

War in Ukraine. Live: Further positive signs for Ukraine’s EU candidacy

5:50 am: Brussels should recommend granting Ukraine EU candidate statusThe European Commission is expected to present a positive opinion on Ukraine's candidate status for EU membership on Friday. An exceptionally fast procedure, which could augur the decision of the EU next week. The 27 must indeed decide next week whether or not to grant Ukraine this status. A decision that must be unanimous. Traveling to kyiv the day before, the French leaders Emmanuel Macron, German Olaf Scholz and Italian Mario Draghi declared themselves in any case in favor of granting "immediate" candidate status to kyiv, specifying that this status would be accompanied by " a roadmap ". And conditions. kyiv is "ready to work" to become a "full member" of the EU, replied Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky....

Invasion of Ukraine – Russia ‘lost strategically’, says senior British military

(Belga) Russia has "already lost strategically" its war in Ukraine and "will never take control" of the country, said British Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Tony Radakin. "President Putin has used 25% of the power of his army to reap tiny territorial gains," said the soldier in remarks reported by the British agency PA on Friday. "Any claim that this is a success for Russia makes no sense. Russia is losing," he said. "She may have some tactical successes in the next few weeks," he admitted. "But Russia has already lost strategically," he said, stressing that "NATO is more powerful", let alone "Finland and Sweden seeking to join" the organization. According to him, Ukraine "will never take control of Ukraine". Nearly four months after the start of the Russian invasion, Vladimir Putin'...

USA Today reporter quits over bogus reporting

(Belga) She invented sources and quotes: a journalist from the American national daily USA Today resigned and the newspaper withdrew some twenty articles from its site expressing its “regrets” on Thursday and reaffirming its editorial and ethical principles. It was after receiving a request to correct an article that USA Today launched an "audit on the work of reporter Gabriela Miranda", one of its journalists, according to a press release published on its site. This internal investigation "revealed that certain individuals cited were not linked to the organizations invoked and seemed invented", denounced the press organ. USA Today also realized that "quotes by other people could not be independently verified and that some articles contained quotes that should have been attributed to ot...

Turkey hit “a PKK center” in Iraq on Wednesday

(Belga) Turkey on Wednesday struck a "PKK center where high-level leaders" of the Kurdistan Workers' Party were gathered in Iraq, the official Turkish television channel TRT Haber reported on Thursday. According to TRT Haber, who does not cite his source, Ankara used "armed drones" to target a building "used as an assembly for the PKK" in Sinjar, during an operation carried out jointly by Turkish intelligence and the army, specify the string. "High-level leaders" of the PKK were in a meeting at the time of the strike and "six terrorists were neutralized", she added. Questioned by AFP, the Ministry of Defense refused to confirm the information. Bastion of the Yazidi minority, the Sinjar region is sporadically the target of bombardments led by Turkey against bases of the Kurdistan Worker...

Social. The government is preparing to raise the activity bonus

Faced with inflation, the government is planning a new boost. The activity bonus, paid to low-income workers, should be increased this summer, we learned from a government source on Thursday, confirming information Echoes.According to the economic daily, this bonus, which is aimed at public or private employees, the self-employed and farmers, will be revalued in advance, up to inflation projected for 2022, i.e. 4%, just like pensions and social minima. An increase “with retroactive effect from July 1”.The activity bonus, which aims to encourage the most precarious workers to resume professional activity and the amount of which varies according to income and family composition, has already increased by 1.8% on April 1, the fixed amount for a single person reaching 563.68 euros per mont...

Rotete og uryddig om bærekraft

Politikere i fylket og flere av bykommunene skal nå ta stilling til om de ønsker å investere millioner av kroner i et selskap som heter Norsk Bærekraftsenter AS. Dette er et selskap som er etablert av juridisk sjef i fylkeskommunen. Same person står oppført som eier, daglig leder og styreleder i selskapet. I saksframlegget til Molde kommune går det fram at debt er et konsoliderende selskap hvor ulike krefter som jobber med bærekraft skal samles. Et uttalt mål er å etablere et senter i Ålesund som kan gi 20 arbeidsplasser. Fylkestopp etablerte firma i eget navn – nå har politikerne tråkket på bremseneArbeidet med bærekraft er viktig og nødvendig. Intensjonen om å samle private og offentlige krefter er god. Likevel er debt prosjektet ute av kurs, og framstår som rotete og uklart. S...

Paris: a 74-year-old Colombian missing since Monday, his family is trying to find him

A 74-year-old Colombian tourist, José Vargas Astudillo, has been missing in Paris since Monday. His family is appealing for help to find him. The relatives of José Vargas Astudillo are in a blood of ink. Passing through Paris, this 74-year-old Colombian has vanished since Monday. That day, he decided to explore the capital alone, annoyed to see lunch dragging on. He left the other eight members of his family around 2 p.m. and did not return. Asked by the Parisian, his niece, Tatiana, describes him to attract the attention of possible witnesses: “My uncle is 74 years old. He measures 1.62 m, he is of strong build, has a beard and white hair. He speaks neither French nor English, only Spanish. Help us find him, we are very worried. Jose Progenio Vargas. Has been missing for over 40...

Legislative D-3: Macron in kyiv, flood of invectives between macronists and mélenchonistes

Three days before the second round of the legislative elections, criticism of the opposition fuses against Emmanuel Macron, in Ukraine on Thursday, more than 2,000 km from French soil, in a poisoned end to the campaign between macronists and mélenchonistes. The Head of State announced that France was going to deliver "six additional Caesars" to Ukraine, in kyiv where he met with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, in the company of the German Olaf Scholz, the Italian Mario Draghi and the Romanian Klaus Iohannis. These leaders are all for the "immediate" granting to Ukraine of the official status of candidate to the EU, said Emmanuel Macron. His absence between the two rounds is the opposition's angle of attack in its guerrilla warfare against the outgoing presidential majority...

Legislative: purchasing power, pensions and police at the center of two debates

Gabriel Attal for the majority, Clémentine Autain for the Nupes and Jordan Bardella for the RN clashed Thursday evening on purchasing power, pensions and the police, during a debate organized by BFMTV between the two rounds of the legislative elections. On France 2, it was the head of the Modem François Bayrou for the macronie, the head of the LFI deputies Mathilde Panot for the Nupes, Philippe Ballard (RN) and Jean-François copé (LR) who clashed on the same themes as well as on safety or the environment. Addressing Emmanuel Macron's trip to Ukraine at the start of the program on BFMTV, LFI MP Clémentine Autain wondered "about the calendar, a few days before the second round": "did Emmanuel Macron think that Was it a mere formality or is he wishing to dodge the debate?" RN acting presiden...