As his popularity declines due to the economic crisis, the American president proposes a temporary freeze on gas taxes until September, the New York Times reports. Negotiations on ending the strike of British railways have failed, the Guardian reports. Ukraine has earned the status of a candidate, the president of the European Commission estimates, and Ukrinform reports. Kiev hopes to access EU funds, according to RT. Workers from Kragujevac blocked the highway, Danas writes
(illustration, in a speech at the White House, Biden demanded that taxes of 18 cents per gallon of gas and 24, per gallon of diesel be abolished by the end of September, ie until the mid-term election, reports NYT)

The American president is asking for a temporary abolition of the gas tax, as his popularity is declining due to the economic crisis. Negotiations to end the railway strike in Britain have failed. Ukraine has earned candidate status, says the president of the European Commission. Kiev hopes to join EU funds. Workers from Kragujevac blocked the highway.

Biden is demanding the abolition of the gas tax

“Biden is pressuring Congress to temporarily freeze the gas tax,” is one of the headlines at the top of the front page of the New York Times. As gas prices almost reached record highs, President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress to temporarily suspend federal gas taxes and give Americans “just a little space to breathe,” although the proposal was met with lukewarm admission on Capitol Hill. In a speech at the White House, Biden demanded that taxes of 18 cents per gallon of gas and 24 cents per gallon of diesel be abolished by the end of September, ie until the mid-term elections. He also demanded that the states abolish their taxes, “in the hope that they will alleviate the economic hardships that reduce its popularity,” the text reads.

“Trump’s associates regret that they denied the results,” is another headline at the top of the first page. Four hearings of the competent council of the Congress for the investigation of the attack on the Capitol on January 6, held in the last few weeks, led some Republicans and Donald Trump’s sympathizers to regret their decision about a year ago, the paper writes.


Negotiations with the railway failed

Talks that were supposed to end the second day of the national railway strike failed yesterday while millions of passengers were waiting for another day of the traffic blockade, writes the British Guardian on the front page. In an increasingly heated debate, the director of the state-owned railway company attacked Transport Minister Grant Shaps for “ruining the dialogue” on wages, working conditions and plans for “modernization” in order to reduce costs after the pandemic. Shaps said that RMT’s claims were “pure lies”, while the National Railways pointed out that the union had left the talks. The railway asked the passengers to go by train today only if necessary, because one of the five will travel, since 40,000 members of RMT who work for the National Railways, as well as 13 other maintenance companies, went on strike.

The central photograph shows a monument to the so-called “Windrash generation”, which has just been discovered. The “Windrash generation” refers to people who came to Britain from the Caribbean from 1948 to 1970 because it lacked manpower after World War II.


Ukraine has earned candidate status

Ukraine and its people went through hell on their way to membership in the European Union and proved that they deserved the status of a candidate, said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, as reported by the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform. As she indicated before the European Parliament, “Ukraine is the only country whose people were shot because they wrapped themselves in the European flag.” Von der Leyen said that even before the war, this country showed “that it is on the right path”.

Ten civilians were killed and as many wounded in yesterday’s bombing of the Kharkiv region, Ukrinform also reports. Russian troops are trying to repel Ukrainian forces and prevent them from advancing to the border, the agency reports.


Kyiv hopes for EU funds

Eventually, membership in NATO and the EU is a mere formality, said Alexei Arestovich, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, as reported by the Russian newspaper RT. As he stated, Kiev is almost a member of the alliance led by the USA, which promised help for the victory over Russia, and has already joined the “Three Seas” Initiative as a “small door” to the EU. Arestovich added that by becoming a candidate, Ukraine would have access to development funds, with which Poland has built its infrastructure.

In a column on the RT portal, American journalist and political commentator Bradley Blankenship writes about the announcement of the visit of the President of the USA to Saudi Arabia. Joe Biden’s decision to go to Riyadh, which he previously accused of violating human rights, “shows the inherent contradictions in the administration’s foreign policy.” The two basic pillars of this foreign policy are to put human rights at the forefront, and that diplomatic relations should help Americans.


Still an ex officio investigation

On June 20, the Belgrade Higher Public Prosecutor’s Office ex officio ordered the Interior Ministry’s Internal Control Sector to gather information and notifications regarding the actions of Slobodan Milenković, the head of the UCPB’s Anti-Drug Department, in order to verify the allegations of former State Secretary Diana. Hrkalović to give to the media, writes Politika. The statements themselves are not relevant to the initiation of criminal proceedings, but require some verification. Hrkalović recently said that the “Jovanjica” affair was edited by former Minister of Police and now Defense Nebojsa Stefanović and Milenković.

After detailed consultations with associates and members of governments, the leaders of the three countries of the “Open Balkans” made a decision yesterday to go together to the EU-Western Balkans Summit, which is being held in Brussels today, is another story at the top of the page. The previous day, this was the main topic, ie waiting for the leaders of the three countries to make a decision.


Kragujevac residents blocked the highway

The strikers of the Stelantis factory in Kragujevac blocked the highway near the Sava Center, Danas writes with the title “Strike that could become a serious workers’ revolt”. “The determination of the workers is noticeable, at least so far, some forms of workers’ self-organization are visible, and the absence of inter-union conflicts, which are common for us, is also noticeable,” said Srecko Mihailovic.

The workers received an offer to come to the President of Serbia on Saturday, so they broke the blockade yesterday. They are dissatisfied with the offered severance pay of 220 euros per year of service and demand that it be 1000 euros, as well as that vulnerable categories be protected from dismissal.

The prosecution is investigating the claims of the former state secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Danas writes at the top of the page. Zdenko Tomanović says that it is a matter of “pressure on the inspector due to the Jovanjica affair”.

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