Should the EU, which is built on the rule of law, tolerate member states that violate this core value? The West's most powerful ideas in humankind's march toward political empowerment and equality are under threat. Concepts such as separation of powers, independent institutions, and the rule of law that were proselytised to developing countries without second thoughts are now in doubt within the EU. Indeed article 2 of the Treaty of the EU proclaims that the EU is "founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities." However, the growing rise of strongmen-led regimes in recent years harnessing populist sentiments to undermine constitutional norms has proved that much work remains to be done in the EU to protect the rule of law. The EU has proposed an innovative solution: a financial price for regimes undermining the rule of law. The proposed regulation … [Read more...] about [Opinion] Linking EU funds to ‘rule of law’ is innovative
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – As Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov and Andrey Rublev of Russia battled on the blue courts at Rod Laver Arena on Friday, it was Nike’s court Melbourne collection that most stood out. The sporting giant’s players have been geared up in striking combinations of black, white and salmon for this year’s Australian Open, to titters of amusement on social media across the first week of the first grand slam of the year. “‘Licorice Allsort’ appears to be the inspiration behind the @Nike tennis apparel this summer. Who wore it better? #Federer #Dimitrov,” Twitter user Daniel Higgins said. Rublev, 20, among other young guns Kyle Edmund of Britain and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, also 22, all sported the same bold salmon and black-blocked shirt, as Nike splashed bright colours to drive sales to younger fans. It was a scaled down affair for tennis royalty of white with pink accents – defending champion Roger Federer in … [Read more...] about Players get a ‘sweet’ Nike deal at Australian Open
Hopman Cup tournament director Paul Kilderry has backed Alexander Zverev to take over the mantle from Roger Federer and carry forward his legacy. The 20-year-old is among the rising talents in the circuit and is being looked at as the heir apparent to the Swiss ace, who is regarded as the greatest player to have ever made his way into a tennis court. The world number 4 enjoyed a magnificent season on the ATP Tour, claiming five titles, including the Montreal Masters in which he beat Federer in the final. 2018 is set to be another significant year for the youngster in which he is expected to stamp his mark and show that he belongs in the same cadre as the likes of Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and others. Federer, a 19-time men's singles Grand Slam winner, came back from a six-month break in 2016 in spectacular fashion, when he won the Australian Open in January, the first grand slam he had won in over four years. After missing the French Open owing to injury … [Read more...] about 20-year-old touted as Roger Federer’s successor and heir apparent
BRITAIN’S top female tennis player Johanna Konta is aiming for Grand Slam glory at Wimbledon this year.Konta has stormed up to seventh in the world on the back a hugely successful 2016.Now a three-time Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) title holder, Konta has already represented Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, as well as claiming numerous professional titles since breaking onto the circuit as a 16-year-old in 2008.Becoming the first Briton in over 30 years to make the top 10 in the WTA singles rankings late in 2016, the 25-year-old currently sits at number 8 in the world.Here is what we know about the British No.1…Johanna Konta has climbed into the top ten world rankings after a breakthrough season in 2016, but her form in the Grand Slam competitions has been inconsistent.She reached the semi-finals in the Australian Open in 2016, only to lose to eventual champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets.Konta appears to show a preference for playing on … [Read more...] about Who is Johanna Konta, where was the British No 1 born, and what has she won?
OVERWEIGHT, miserable and living with his parents, British tennis no-hoper Marcus Willis was ready to give up on his dream of Wimbledon glory.But then he found a real love match at an Ellie Goulding gig — and his new girlfriend convinced him to give it one more shot.On Monday the world No772 pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history, sensationally beating world No54, Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.Today he is scheduled to step on to Centre Court for a second-round clash with seven-times champ Roger Federer in front of a huge TV audience.And he does so having, since Monday, already reportedly landed a mystery £25,000 sponsorship deal as well as messages of encouragement from singer Ellie and Wimbledon ace Andy Murray.He will also pocket a £50,000 prize for having reached the second round.It’s a far cry from the days the pint-loving player funded his low-ranking tennis career with loans — and whose winnings last year were a … [Read more...] about From ‘overweight loser’ to tennis sensation: Love match that sent Marcus Willis to Wimbledon glory