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Lithuania’s president Grybauskaitė comes empty-handed from top Brussels jobs division

Europe's leaders, divided starkly by political affiliations, have finally agreed to give two of the top four European Union jobs to women, but Dalia Grybauskaitė, the outgoing Lithuanian president is not between them. Analysts weigh in on chances of a Baltic nominee.

Russia’s tragic nuclear submersible accident blamed on battery compartment

The death of 14 Russian sailors in this week’s accident of a nuclear-powered submersible had been caused by a fire in the craft’s battery compartment, Russian Defence Ministry has stated.

Riga’s ex-mayor and ex-vice-mayor receive posts in EP committees

On Wednesday, 3 July, European Parliament successfully composed 20 committees and two sub-committees. It was later reported that ex-Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs will work in EP’s Budget Committee, whereas the ex-Vice-Mayor of Riga Andris Ameriks will work in the Transport and Tourism Committee.

Russian submarine fire takes lives of high-ranking navy officers

After a deadly fire of a Russian navy submarine, its military has released the names of the 14 people killed in this week’s accident.

Italian volcano eruption has taken life of one person

In Italy a volcano eruption has taken place leaving one person dead and others frightened as it released lava and a cloud of ashes.

Latvian MEP to continue working in EP Transport Committee due to Rail Baltica

Latvian MEP Roberts Zīle from the National Alliance «All for Latvia-For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» plans to continue working in European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee. At the same time, he will be a substitute in the Agriculture and Countryside Development Committee, said Zīle.

Iran breaks uranium-enrichment limit of its nuclear deal, Europe calls for U-turn

Iran has exceeded the limit of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, international inspectors and Tehran have stated. This takes place a year following Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from deal.

British PM candidate to give EU three weeks to agree change deal

In the UK, one of the two top candidates to become the next British Prime Minister, Jeremy Hunt, has pledged to decide by September 30, whether there is a realistic chance of reaching a new Brexit deal with the European Union.

Latvia’s unemployment level stays low, whereas Spain's level reaches 13.6% in May

In May 2019, Latvia’s unemployment level was 6.4%, which is higher than the average in the EU, according to data published by Eurostat on 1 July.

Paris red-lights diesel cars, fighting regular smog

The French capital has on Monday introduced new limitations to diesel vehicles in the city centre, as Paris has been labelled most polluter western European capital. AFP reports that the French capital city that is regularly shrouded in smog.

In pictures: Trump meets Kim in Korean demilitarised zone

American President Donald Trump became the first head of the U.S. to step into North Korea on Sunday, June 30, as the two made history at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone.

EU signs trade agreement with Vietnam; human rights defenders oppose it

On Sunday, 30 June, European Union signed a trade agreement with Vietnam in Hanoi. This makes it the biggest economic agreement the EU has signed with one of Asia’s countries.