Trump embraces nationalist Polish president
President Trump welcomed President Andrzej Duda to the White House, promising him more American troops in Poland, defending Warsaw’s record on democracy and staging a showy flyover to mark their friendship.
While there, Mr. Trump signed an agreement to send an additional 1,000 American troops to Poland as a hedge against Russian adventurism in the eastern stretches of Europe, bolstering about 4,500 already there on a rotating basis. He did not agree to the permanent presence Poland has sought. (Its leaders even suggested naming a base Fort Trump.)
History: After Russia’s incursion into Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014, the U.S. and NATO allies began sending small units of troops to Poland and the Baltic states on a rotating basis. It was intended as a deterrent to any further moves by Moscow, a reminder that those nations were now under the protection of the North Atlantic alliance’s all-for-one defense umbrella.
Related: This morning, “The Daily” takes you to Poland, where a nationalist government has been in power for years. Begin listening in a few hours, or check out previous episodes in this week’s five-part series on the rise of nationalism and populism in Europe.
Britain to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to zero
Prime Minister Theresa May proposed legislation stating that the country bring its net production of greenhouse gases to zero by 2050.
The move would make Britain the first of the world’s major economic powers to commit to ending its contribution to global warming.
It was a bid to leave a legacy in Mrs. May’s final weeks in office, but could potentially set a new bar for measuring economic progress among major industrial powers.
Details: The plan does not say how the nation would reach the emissions goal or what it would cost, and future governments could change course. It appears to leave the door open to backing away if other countries do not follow suit, ensuring that Britain’s industries do not face unfair competition, Mrs. May said.
Boris Johnson on no-deal Brexit and premiership
Kicking off his campaign to become Britain’s prime minister, the front-runner and former foreign secretary spoke in London and said it was essential that Brexit take place by Oct. 31, while leaving open the option of a no-deal departure.
He emphasized that he was “not aiming for a no-deal outcome.” But he called the possibility of a no-deal exit a “vital tool of negotiation” and said the current withdrawal agreement needed improvement.
Drugs issue: He also dodged a question about cocaine use, something that wrecked the campaign of Michael Gove, the environment secretary. Several years ago, Mr. Johnson had alluded to using the drug, making light of it in an interview.
Next steps: The first stage of the process begins today, when Conservative Party lawmakers start balloting to draw up a shortlist of two candidates, one of whom will be chosen by the end of July in voting by about 150,000 party members.
Trial of Catalan independence leaders ends in Spain
A verdict in the monthslong trial is not expected until the fall, by which time Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is hoping to form a new government, led by his Socialist Party.
Highlights: The defendants denied charges that they orchestrated violent acts during their unsuccessful secessionist push, and they argued that the Catalan conflict should be decided by politicians, not Spain’s top judges.
The trial’s most divisive issues have been whether the independence drive involved violence, and whether the leaders of the movement could be held personally accountable.
What’s next: During the wait for the Supreme Court ruling, the focus of the dispute is expected to shift to the European Parliament, where there is a heated debate about whether the indicted separatist politicians who won seats in last month’s European elections should be allowed to join the assembly.
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Europe’s quiet spots
Tourism saturation in European hot spots can quickly ruin a vacation. But there are quieter alternatives, if you know where to look.
Instead of Santorini, head to Tinos; skip Barcelona and head to Valencia. Here are six places in Europe that offer shelter from the crowds.
Here’s what else is happening
Hong Kong: The debate on an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial was delayed for a second day, after widespread protests and clashes with the police a day earlier. The hospital authority said 72 people had been hospitalized as of Wednesday night.
Trump administration: In an interview, President Trump said that there would be nothing wrong with accepting incriminating information about an election opponent from foreign governments and saw no reason to call the F.B.I. if it were offered, contradicting his own F.B.I. director.
Moscow: The police arrested about 400 people, including the country’s main opposition leader and journalists, during a street protest against abusive police tactics. We have video from the scene.
Israel: Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accepted a plea bargain and will pay about $15,000 to settle accusations that she misused about $100,000 in public funds in managing the couple’s official residence.
Sudan: The top U.S. diplomat for Africa is joining an international push to press Sudan’s military rulers and the opposition toward a deal on a transition to democracy two months after the overthrow of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
Snapshot: Above, Germany celebrates a goal in its win over Spain in the Women’s World Cup. Germany and the U.S. are the only countries to win the event more than once.
Health: Emerging studies suggest that breast milk is rich in beneficial bacteria when it comes directly from the mother’s breast — but not when the same milk is pumped and delivered later by bottle.
What we’re reading: This article from Smithsonian.com. “There have long been wars fought over food,” says Kim Severson, our national food correspondent. “This covers one you probably haven’t heard of: the battle over seabird eggs in Gold Rush-era San Francisco.”
Now, a break from the news
Go: The Public Theater’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in Central Park is set squarely in our #MeToo and Black Lives Matter moment.
Smarter Living: A few basic parenting guidelines will help you establish ground rules and maintain tech harmony at home. Set the example by setting limits: Children not only copy our behavior, but they also feel like they have to compete with devices for our attention. Set screen time limits to balance online and offline activities. No matter what, be vigilant, and be prepared to revisit this topic again and again.
And free yourself from self-doubt by learning to dodge land mines at work, fight bias and avoid burnout.
And now for the Back Story on …
On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, heard for the second time from Donald Trump Jr.
Why it didn’t hear from Donald Trump II is a matter of etiquette.
Because he is named exactly after his father, Donald John Trump, etiquette experts say the son should be differentiated from his father with the suffix Jr., or junior. If a child is named for some other older relative (an uncle, cousin, grandfather), then they should use the suffix II, the second.
The number of juniors has been decreasing in the United States for nearly a century, according to Cleveland Evans, a professor of psychology at Bellevue University and past president of the American Name Society. (The exception being among Hispanics.)
He said that tracks with an increased emphasis on individualism and unique child names. About half of girls received one of the 50 most popular names until the mid-20th century, according to one study, but when it was published in 2010, only one out of four did.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
To Mark Josephson, Eleanor Stanford and Kenneth R. Rosen for the break from the news. Jake Lucas wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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