A cyclist dies after an accident during a Polish Tour bike ride

A cyclist dies after an accident during a Polish Tour bike ride

The Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht has died after crashing at the Tour of Poland. He was 22. His Lotto Soudal team announced on Monday that Lambrecht had fallen during the third stage of the race and that he was taken to hospital, where he died. His Lotto Soudal team confirmed: “The biggest tragedy possible that could happen to the family, friends and teammates of Bjorg has happened … Rest in peace Bjorg.” The team did not provide additional details. Lambrecht had secured a series of strong finishes during one-day classics…

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Jourova must remain as EU Commissioner – Andrej Babis

Jourova must remain as EU Commissioner – Andrej Babis

During a meeting between Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and future EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the former continued to push for Vera Jourova, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, to remain on the Commission once von der Leyen takes the reigns of Europe’s top job. Jourova is known to want a “different, stronger portfolio,” on the incoming Commission, preferably connected to the “economic department because we are an export-oriented country,” Babis said, adding, “She was successful as an EU Commissioner and she is a…

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‘Militarisation’ of South China Sea condemned by the European Union

‘Militarisation’ of South China Sea condemned by the European Union

The “militarisation” of the South China Sea is threatening peace in the contested waterway, the EU’s top diplomat said Monday (5 August) in Hanoi, echoing warnings from the US as pressure mounts against Beijing’s ambitions in the region. China has been accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels in the resource-rich sea, sparking ire from other claimants. On Monday, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc was concerned over “increasing tension” in the area. “We believe that this tension, this militarisation, is definitely…

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Macron negotiates ceasefire in Libya with Egyptian leader

Macron negotiates ceasefire in Libya with Egyptian leader

France’s President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi about the situation in Libya calling for a ceasefire “very soon” between the warring sides, the French presidency said on Sunday (4 August). “Stability and durable peace go together with respect for individual dignity and the rule of law, and the search for stability cannot be dissociated from the question of human rights,” Macron said during a joint press conference with Sisi, which was dominated by Egypt’s domestic power abuses. France in recent years has become the biggest supplier…

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