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Volkswagen unwilling to settle diesel mass lawsuit in Germany

German carbuilding giant Volkswagen has rejected an offer to settle in a lawsuit by around 450 000 diesel car owners.

Two fon der Leyen’s commissioner candidates rejected by European Parliament

A committee in the European Parliament has voted down twice the candidates of Hungary and Romania for the posts of the members of the next European Commission.

Estonia at Council of Europe to criticise Russia’s readmission

Kremlin’s violations of international agreements will be the focus of the critical Estonian views on the readmission of Russia to the Assembly of the Council of Europe human rights organisation, MPs have said.

Facebook tries out turning off «likes» to curb user competition for reactions

Not to show the number of thumbs-up and other reactions on posts – such is the novelty introduced as a test on Friday, September 27, in Australia by Facebook with the declared aim of easing competition among users.

Ousted Lithuanian president Rolandas Paksas inches closer to Seimas

Hardly any other Lithuanian politician is so much loathed as the country’s former president Rolandas Paksas. Ousted for perjury and obstruction of justice in 2004, he was slapped with a life-time ban to run for a constitutional oath-requiring office in Lithuania, yet he retained eligibility for the European Parliament elections.

OnePlus: every day we scroll an average of 180 m on our smartphones

The life of a modern person is unimaginable without looking at the display of a smart device. This is a case when the force of a habit can be measured: smart phone manufacturer OnePlus has compiled a list of the most amusing screen-scrolling habits of European residents. As it turns out, they can be measured in hundreds of metres.

NATO rejects Putin’s missile moratorium offer, TASS reports

Russian news agency TASS reports that in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin sending an offer to introduce a moratorium on intermediate- and shorter-range missile deployment in some regions, NATO has described it as not being credible.

Trump: if you want freedom, be proud of your country!

«If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. And if you want peace, love your nation!» US President Donald Trump announced during his speech at the summit of the United Nations, urging stronger borders and more control of migration.

UK Supreme Court: shut-down of parliament’s work is illegal

United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has declared British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down the parliament’s work for five weeks prior to the exit from the European Union as illegal, Reuters reports.

Donald Trump pulls support from Ukraine after speaking with Volodymyr Zelensky

US President Donald Trump ordered acting Chief of Staff of the White House Mick Mulvaney to halt provision of several hundred million dollars-worth of military assistance to Ukraine approximately one week following his phone conversation with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Latvian MEPs explain their priorities in European Parliament committees

European Parliament office in Latvia has compiled the priorities of Latvian MEPs in their posts in EP committees. Eight deputies from Latvia were elected to the European Parliament in May 2019. MEPs work in 20 standing EP committees. Similarly to committees in Latvia’s Saeima, they work on legislative proposals in their respective sectors.

One of the biggest tourism operators in the world goes bankrupt

British tourism company Thomas Cook, which is one of the largest and oldest tourism operators in the world declared bankruptcy on Monday, 23 September. This means cancellation of all bookings made with Thomas Cook’s mediation.

Estonia criticises plan to link EU migrant relocation with financial penalties

As Italy is calling for the reshaping of the migration policy of the European Union, Estonian Interior Minister has voiced opposition to the plan and vowed not to take part in the first debate of the proposal about the centralised relocation of migrants.

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