WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy" and not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
With only 24 hours to go, Jean-Claude Juncker, president-designate of the next European Commission, is still very short of female candidates for his 28-member team. In fact, instead of nine or even 10 female faces to provide minimal gender balance, so far only one of the European Union's 28 nations has put up a woman candidate for a post. She is Czech politician Vera Jourova, a 49-year-old businesswoman and lawyer who this year was appointed Regional Development minister in the government. Juncker's proposed Commission needs to win approval from the European Parliament in October before taking office.