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The Telegraph

Ursula von der Leyen on Monday pinned the blame for the vaccine fiasco that led Brussels to threaten a hard border on the island of Ireland on her trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis. The European Commission president threw her deputy, who leads DG Trade, under the bus amid rising anger from EU capitals at her “go it alone” tactics during last week’s battle with AstraZeneca. Jean-Claude Juncker, Mrs von der Leyen’s predecessor, said he was “very much opposed” to her export restriction measures. In a speech in Stuttgart on Sunday, Mr Juncker also said of the EU’s vaccine procurement: “It all went too slow, it all should have been done more transparently, even though that would have been difficult.” “This regulation falls under the responsibility of Mr Dombrovskis,” said Eric Marmer, the European Commission’s chief spokesman, referring to the former prime minister of Latvia, a Brussels veteran with a reputation for caution. “In my country we have a saying, ‘Only the Pope is infallible’. Mistakes can happen along the way the important thing is that you recognise them early on,” Mr Mamer said. Alexander Stubb, the former prime minister of Finland who campaigned to be appointed European Commission, president was scathing about Mrs Von der Leyen. He said “Number one rule of any leader: if your organisation screws up; never, ever blame your team publicly” Mrs von der Leyen was forced into a humiliating climbdown on Friday after announcing Brussels would trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, to prevent AstraZeneca vaccines being smuggled into Britain from Northern Ireland. The move, which was announced without notifying Ireland or Britain, would have created a “vaccine border” after years of Brexit talks to avoid a hard border on the island. After the Irish prime minister called Mrs von der Leyen, the regulation, which could have facilitated a vaccine export ban to non-EU countries including Britain, was amended. Mr Mamer said that the regulation to create an “export transparency mechanism”, which including the Article 16 measure, was passed provisionally and at speed by the entire College of Commissioners on Friday. Asked by the Telegraph if this was Ms Van der Leyen’s worst week, he said: “We believe that we are on the right track since the beginning of this pandemic in ensuring there is as cohesive and as effective a European response as possible. Mrs von der Leyen’s attempts to pass the buck cut no ice with EU diplomats, who suggested she had gone rogue, or German MPs in Berlin, who plan to summon Ursula von der Leyen for questioning. In a further blow to Mrs von der Leyen, the move was led by MPs from her own party, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU). Mrs von der Leyen has refused calls for a public debate on the debacle in the European Parliament. Instead she will on Tuesday hold closed door meetings with MEPs with parties who approved her appointment. It is understood that Mrs von der Leyen took personal charge of the vaccine row and that DG Trade’s senior official is Sabine Weyand, whose objections to triggering Article 16 were reported to have been overruled. Ms Weyand is keenly aware of the political sensitivities around the Brexit divorce treaty’s Northern Ireland Protocol. She was Michel Barnier’s deputy Brexit negotiator and a key figure in the creation of the Irish border backstop.

Good Day Atlanta viewer information January 25, 2021

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Chelsea Harris talks role in TNT’s Snowpiercer: This Atlanta native can next be seen playing the role of ‘Skyes’ on season 2 of the hit TNT series Snowpiercer. Seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the remnants of humanity inhabit a perpetually-moving train that circles the globe, where class warfare, social injustice, and the politics of survival play out. The show stars Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs. In addition to the show, Chelsea can be seen in a strong supporting role in the much-anticipated summer 2021 blockbuster, Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the iconic motion picture Top Gun. The film stars Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer and Jon Hamm. The Paramount Pictures film is set to be released on July 2, 2021.Snowpiercer season premiere is tonight on TNT at 9 P.M. Watch the trailer here.

Has the global pandemic and quarantine played a role in divorces? January is typically the busiest month for divorce lawyers, as the new year ushers in the desire to make big life changes. Local Family Attorney Randy Kessler joins us with the latest divorce trends. For more information click here.

Detective Vince Velazquez talks upcoming season of ATL Homicide: TV One dives into a third season of the nail biting true crime series ATL Homicide. Homicide detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez are veterans of the Atlanta Police Department. They are sitting down to share some of the grittiest stories of their careers. Quinn and Velazquez recall these cases and talk about their personal experiences while solving the crimes. They have tackled hundreds of cold cases together, with anything from murder to everyday crime, and they try to bring these criminals to justice and give peace to the victims’ families. ATL Homicide returns tonight at 9 p.m. on TV One

Singer Trey Songz gets into an altercation at Kansas City Chiefs game: Video shows Trey Songz got into an altercation with a police officer at Sunday night’s playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills. Witnesses nearby say Trey did not start the incident, and that the cop was out of line. TMZ says a witness told them the whole thing started when Trey was being heckled by some fans a few rows behind him and he asked them to chill out. Witnesses then say the officer approached Trey, and without warning, went after him, saying Trey was totally caught off guard when the officer got physical, and started to defend himself. You can keep up with Mani on the radio at 101 the beat Nashville, middays from 10 a.m. til 3 p.m. or on 94.1 The Beat in Savannah. Follow her on IG @ManiMillss

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West discussing divorce

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