Wednesday

26th Jul 2017

Ticker

Serbia elects its first openly gay premier

In a historical move, Serbian lawmakers elected Ana Brnabic as prime minister on Thursday. She is the first female and openly gay leader in the conservative Balkan nation, where gays regularly face attacks. The 41-year-old Western-educated Brnabic was nominated by president Aleksandar Vucic, who is accused by critics of being increasingly autocratic. Brnabic's appointment is seen as an attempt to calm Western concerns over Serbia cosying up to Russia.

EU Commission to act on Poland

The EU executive is likely to issue a new set of rule of law recommendations to Poland and start legal probes once the controversial pieces of legislation have been published.

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