World Bulletin / News Desk
In a statement, his Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) said it would be supporting the nomination of Italian Antonio Tajani -- virtually securing the presidency for the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) candidate.
“This is a first important step in the construction of a pro-European coalition to reform and strengthen our union, which is absolutely necessary,” Verhofstadt said in the statement.
“With Trump, with Putin, with many other challenges Europe faces, it is key we cooperate to reform our union.”
Verhofstadt described the ALDE/EPP coalition as a “coalition of ideas to change the direction of the European Union” and invited all groups in the parliament to join.
EPP leader Manfred Weber said the partnership was based “on content and on reforms for Europe.”
The EU’s 751 lawmakers vote Tuesday for a president to succeed German socialist Martin Schulz for a two-and-a-half year term.
As the head of the parliament’s largest group, former air force officer Tajani, 63, was already favorite to take the post. He has been an MEP since 1994 and is an ally of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
His closest challenger is fellow Italian Gianni Pittella, leader of the center-left Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D). The 58-year-old would need the support of other left-wing groups to win.
The other candidates are Romanian Laurentiu Rebega, vice-chairman of the far-right grouping; Piernicola Pedicini, a member of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement; Italian communist Eleonora Forenza; Belgian Eurosceptic Helga Stevens of the European Conservatives and Reformists; and Jean Lambert, a British Green Party member.
Among the issues facing the incoming president are negotiations over Britain’s exit from the EU as well as how to deal with terrorism, migration, Russia and relations with President-elect Donald Trump’s new administration in the U.S.
Thousands of supporters poured into the streets of the capital island Male on Friday night and continued their protest rally till early Saturday, the joint opposition said in a statement issued in Colombo.
Also suspended were the accounts of its parent organization, Strategic Communication Laboratories, as well as those of University of Cambridge psychologist Aleksandr Kogan and Christopher Wylie, who runs Eunoia Technologies.
Andrew McCabe was accused of misleading investigators on Clinton Foundation corruption case
Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell told reporters after talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday that the U.S. also wants to see a resumption of talks to reunify the ethnically divided island nation.
"There were seven people aboard, they are all believed to be dead," the official said, adding they were US service members.
A doctor at the private Goyal Hospital told AFP Friday that Clinton had undergone screening after suffering pain in her right hand following a fall.
The alliance is "dealing with the issue around this and in cyber and working to define an understanding of what would be a trigger for Article 5," General Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of NATO forces in Europe, told a US Senate committee.
Speaking to reporters as he returned from a trip to Oman, Afghanistan and Bahrain, Mattis said officials he met with had expressed frequent concerns about Iranian behavior.
The newspaper said that Trump is discussing potential replacements for McMaster, but is willing to take his time because he wants to avoid humiliating him as well as to have a successor ready.
19 individuals, 5 entities blacklisted by Washington
Saeb Erekat slams recent White House meeting on Gaza's deteriorating humanitarian situation
Salim al-Jabouri says Turkey and Iraq will defeat terrorism together through 'full cooperation'
Oil is the lifeblood of OPEC member Venezuela's economy, but a major wave of political unrest that shows no sign of abating has slashed output.
'We shouldn't have to wake up in fear every day, knowing we can lose our lives in schools,' students says.
Known for his free-market stance, television host criticized Trump's tariff plan like his predecessor