Members of the European Parliament have made history by electing the first woman as Commission President. Germany’s outgoing defence minister Ursula von der Leyen won lawmakers’ support for the role. She was voted in by a narrow majority.
Evoking memories of the Holocaust, when so-called “Gypsies” were targeted, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini uses his authority to call for demolition of settlements of Sinti and Roma minorities in Italy, and rounding up those who do not carry Italian identification papers for mass deportation
Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne says he intends to promote the EU’s global leadership on climate change as he takes over the 6-month EU council presidency. He appears to be serious about responding to the demands of Europe’s young people, who’ve been calling for action in Fridays for Future demonstrations
Prof. Petr Just discusses the mass demonstration in Prague calling on Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign. How does he stay in power, despite his lack of popularity and multiple scandals, and how does this fit into the rise of right-wing populism?
Germany wants to phase out climate-damaging coal power by 2038. But before that, five villages in North Rhine-Westphalia are slated for demolition so that the lignite in the ground beneath them can be mined. Villagers are to be reimbursed and resettled, but now that Germany wants to phase out coal power, many want to fight…