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Romanian Court Rejects Ban on Pardons for Corrupt Politicians

Romania's highest court ruled on Thursday that a ban on amnesties and pardons for corrupt politicians would infringe the "fundamental rights" of anyone amnestied or pardoned, as presidential pardons are mainly given on health and humanitarian grounds.

The proposed ban was supported by more than 80 per cent of people who voted in a nationwide referendum on justice issues in May.

A New Railway Line Will Connect Istanbul with Bulgaria

Today, at 11:30, was held an opening ceremony in Edirne for the construction of the high-speed rail line linking Istanbul's Halkali Station with the border crossing at the Bulgarian-Turkish border, Kapikule. This was announced earlier by the chairman of the Odrin organization of the ruling party in Turkey, quoted by local media, the BNR reported.

No time for mixed signals

We are entering a very thorny patch in Greek-Turkish relations. Turkey's activities within Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ), combined with the standoff with the United States over Ankara's acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense system are increasing the tension further in Greece's wider region.

Anastasiades congratulates new EU boss

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades congratulated Ursula von der Leyen on becoming the European Commission's next president, narrowly winning election in the European Parliament.
Anastasiades took to Twitter to congratulate von der Leyen, who is the first woman to fill the EU's top job after she was confirmed by 383 votes against 327.

European Parliament confirmed Von der Leyen as the new European Commission President

German Ursula Von der Leyen was elected President of European Commission in Brussels.
On 1 November, Von der Leyen will be the first woman to take on the Commission presidency.
383 MEPs supported her, while 327 opposed her election. In order to be elected to the post, she needed 374 votes out of the present 747 Members of European Parliament.

EU Agriculture Ministers Discussed the Situation with African Swine Fever

The Agriculture Ministers of the Member States in the European Union (EU) discussed the situation with the African swine fever (ASF) disease in Bulgaria. This happened during yesterday's Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels. The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva focuses on additional food control measures that cross the borders.

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