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first_imgBut their letter strengthens the hand of its addressee, party chairman Donald Tusk, the former Polish leader and president of the European Council, who is pushing the EPP to distance itself from Orban.The signatories call on the EU executive, the European Commission, to “address the situation in Hungary forcefully” and brand Orban’s move a “violation of the founding principles of liberal democracy and European values”.Shortly before the parties’ letter was made public, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said she was “particularly concerned” about Hungary and promised to monitor the situation.And 13 EU members, including heavyweights France and Germany, without explicitly naming Hungary, warned Wednesday against “violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights”. Thirteen European center-right parties called Thursday for their political group to expel Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party after its leader Prime Minister Viktor Orban assumed emergency powers.Orban insists he must rule by decree in order to tackle the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. But many, including some of his allies in the European Peoples Party (EPP), say his power grab has gone too far.The Scandinavian, Greek, Belgian, Lithuanian  Czech and Slovak conservatives who signed Thursday’s statement calling for Fidesz to be kicked out of the EPP do not represent a majority of the group. The EPP is the biggest single voting bloc in the European Parliament and the party of both von der Leyen and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.But it is not in itself a majority, and some EPP parties have wanted to keep Orban’s Hungarian MEPs on board in the center-right grouping to avoid them siding with eurosceptic populists.Germany’s ruling CDU party was not among the group of parties that issued the joint call for Fidesz’s expulsion, and Orban has been lobbying its leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, to back him over Tusk. The letter was signed, however, by the leaders of 13 conservative or-right parties, including two serving prime ministers; Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece and Erna Solberg of Norway.  center_img Topics :last_img read more


first_imgA supply vessel operating as part of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has been attacked in the Southern Red Sea, Dryad Maritime informed.The vessel, identified as VOS Theia, was attacked by a skiff with six persons on board off Hodeidah, Yemen, on June 4, 2018.At the time of the attack, the 2011-built vessel was waiting for permission to depart from an anchorage off Hodeidah having called at the port the day before.The skiff fired upon VOS Theia and the Armed Security Team returned fire before the skiff retreated.The vessel and crew were reported to be safe with no injuries or obvious damage to the vessel. An internal fire was reported but this was dealt with, according to Dryad Maritime.As of June 6, the vessel, owned by Dutch Vroon Offshore Services, has continued its journey and is transiting south towards the Bab al Mandeb strait, likely to Djibouti where it will resupply.This incident took place in proximity to the attacks on MT Abqaiq and KSA Khalid earlier in 2018. All these incidents are assessed to be a result of spillover from the conflict in Yemen.It is most likely the vessel was fired upon by Houthi forces, who believed the vessel was passing information or otherwise a part of the Saudi-led coalition war effort against them, which is currently under 10km from Hodeidah itself.“Overall, the risk to passing merchant traffic in this area remains low and has not changed as a result of this incident. Nonetheless, given the high threat level in the area, mariners should comply with advice from regional maritime authorities, maintain maximum distance from the Yemeni coast and maintain a rigorous watch for small craft,” Dryad Maritime advised.last_img read more


first_img Share 98 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyleLocalNews 31st annual Catholic Charismatic Conference on this weekend. by: – May 27, 2011 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Photo credit: carols-cruise-port-itineraries.comHundreds of Catholics through the diocese will assemble at the Roseau Cathedral today, to participate in the 31st Annual Charismatic Conference.Coordinator of the Catholic Charismatic Conference Martin Anthony says today’s conference will be opened in the most dramatic way.“A number of addresses will be delivered and we will have remarks from representatives from several persons,” he said.The main talk will be given by a Trinidadian born conference speaker.The conference will also continue on Saturday and Sunday.“One of the highlights of the weekends will be a healing service when we go before the lord for healing on Sunday afternoon,” he said.There will also be a number of workshops held during the conference.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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