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Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images
The ground is shaking under U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s feet after two top cabinet officials resigned over her blueprint for Brexit.
The bigger picture: Two years after May moved into Downing Street in the wake of the Brexit referendum, and nine months before the U.K. is set to leave the EU, the truce she worked tirelessly to maintain within the Conservative Party has officially broken down, and the path to Brexit remains far from clear.
How it happened:
The risk of an imminent ouster seems to be fading for May, though things remain fluid some eight hours after Johnson's resignation. Ben Roback of the Cicero Group consulting firm emails from London with his analysis:
"Today’s resignations have shown Theresa May is vulnerable, but the question has become when the Brexiteers strike more than if. Their worst option is to try but fail to oust May, whose strength is that she is still the only one offering a Brexit solution. But Brexiteers like Johnson, Davis and the European Research Group are now together on the back benches in Parliament and may start plotting their own plan for Brexit, as well May’s downfall, soon."
Where things stand:
Reminder: President Trump heads to the U.K. on Thursday.
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President Trump has a European triple-header over the next week...
Poland's government is attempting to purge one-third of the country's 72 Supreme Court justices, among other steps intended to undermine the independence of the judiciary. Eurasia Group's Willis Sparks explains in the latest Signal newsletter from GZERO Media:
The bigger picture: 52% of Poles say they have confidence in their judicial system and courts, per Gallup, up from 36% in 2014 and right in the middle among EU countries. Confidence in the courts is highest in Denmark (85%) and Finland (83%) and lowest in Bulgaria (22%) and Slovenia (29%).
Ethiopians and Eritreans gathered in Rome to celebrate the news, and at least one brought along a picture of Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed. Photo: Stefano Montesi - Corbis/Getty Images
In a moment that seemed unthinkable just months ago, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea today declared that they are no longer at war.
Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's new reform-minded prime minister, launched the peace talks and is bringing rapid-fire change to his country.
“You don’t want to exaggerate but for Ethiopia, a country where everything has been done in a very prescriptive, slow and managed way, these changes are unprecedented. His main task is to satisfy all expectations of all groups in a huge and diverse country. That’s impossible but he’s trying to do so with some gusto.”— Ahmed Soliman of Chatham House, to the Guardian
Women near the coffin of a relative who was killed in protests in Leon. Photo: INTI OCON/AFP/Getty Images
There's no end in sight to protests demanding the removal of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's authoritarian regime, Mateo Jarquín of Harvard writes for Axios Expert Voices:
Why it matters: Until recently, Nicaragua enjoyed relative stability and security compared with its neighbors in Central America. The deteriorating situation could create an opening for international organized crime and threatens to spawn a refugee crisis that would affect the whole region.
Low unemployment combined with an aging (and shrinking) population has led to a worker shortage in Japan. That shortage has spurred investments in automation — but are foreign workers the answer, at least in the short term? The Economist explores:
England players celebrate their shootout win over Colombia. Photo: Michael Regan/FIFA via Getty Images
And then there were four! After some dramatic clashes (Belgium ousting Brazil, Croatia beating Russia, in Russia, in a shootout) we've got Belgium vs. France tomorrow and England vs. Croatia on Wednesday. Here are four big and small things to know about this fantastic tournament...
In years to come, when this stadium is a crumbling white elephant, they will sit in almost empty stands, hear the wind whisper across the marsh that surrounds it and believe what they hear is the ghosts of giants. In three games Kazan has claimed the winners of 11 World Cups. First Germany went, insipid against South Korea. Then, in a full-blooded epic, Argentina were blown away by France. And then fell the biggest of them all, Brazil, outwitted and outbattled by Belgium, who will face France in Tuesday’s semi-final.
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"We are truly headed for the status of colony."— From Boris Johnson's resignation letter
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