Is Macron’s ‘European Political Community’ a realistic prospect?

France’s presidency of the EU ends on June 30 with Emmanuel Macron’s new big idea, a “European Political Community”, hanging in the balance. This community would encompass EU membership candidates like Ukraine, and possibly ex-member Britain. For some observers, the French president’s idea offers an essential way of bringing countries into the European project while the long EU accession process takes its long course. But others argue that Macron’s plan offers little in the way of clear objectives and is likely to wither just like a similar French idea from three decades ago.

Lithuania, NO corridors to Kaliningrad. Tactical retreat. Nukes for Lukashenko. Update 1

Lithuania, NO corridors to Kaliningrad. Tactical retreat. Nukes for Lukashenko. Update 1
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Unwanted News – The Dark Side of War on Twitter: “ English version of the @FRANCE24 #Lisichansk “we want no deportation video” now for Twitter RTs:”The #Russians are our friends”: The civilians refusing to evacuate Ukraine’s #Lysychansk.#UkraineWar #UkraineRussianWar #UkraineKrieg #UkraineUnderAttaсk #RussiaUkraine #War pic.twitter.com/EeUqVEQuhf / Twitter”

English version of the @FRANCE24 #Lisichansk “we want no deportation video” now for Twitter RTs:”The #Russians are our friends”: The civilians refusing to evacuate Ukraine’s #Lysychansk.#UkraineWar #UkraineRussianWar #UkraineKrieg #UkraineUnderAttaсk #RussiaUkraine #War pic.twitter.com/EeUqVEQuhf

22 young people dead in South African nightclub

The cause of the tragedy remains unknown

At least 22 people were found dead in a nightclub in the South African city of East London on Sunday. The cause of the deaths is unclear, and no obvious signs of injury on the bodies have been reported.

Emergency workers were called to the Enyobeni Tavern in the early hours of Sunday morning, and arrived to find bodies “lying strewn across tables, chairs and on the floor; with no obvious signs of injury,” according to the Daily Dispatch, a South African news site.

The newspaper said that its reporters have been informed that 22 people died. With no visible wounds or injuries, it is speculated that the deceased were either exposed to some kind of toxic substance, or were injured and killed in a stampede.

However, Police Minister Bheki Cele told News24 that “by the looks of things, there was no stampede.” A local resident told the South African news network that “it was definitely not a stampede. Some bodies were still in their chairs while others were found lying on the floor.”

22 people died in an East London tavern, ENYOBENI, after a stampede. Cause investigated. Numerous injured. Emergency services and the police are still working on the scene. Forensic investigation underway. #SABCNEWS pic.twitter.com/rj3vPlXrzN

— Jurie Blignaut (@kluisenaar) June 26, 2022

“We are going to immediately be embarking on autopsies so we can know the probable cause of death,” a spokesperson for the Eastern Cape Department of Health told Reuters. 

Police told reporters outside the tavern that those who died were aged between 18 and 20. According to the Associated Press, they had been celebrating the end of school exams. 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa referred to the dead as “teenagers.” In a post on Twitter, Ramaphosa expressed his “deepest condolences” to the families of the dead, remarking that the “tragedy is made even more grave by its occurrence during Youth Month – a time during which we celebrate young people.”