The European Commission accepted the proposal by Jean Claude Juncker to end adjusting the clocks in autumn and spring after a survey among EU residents showed most are in favour of abolishing the practice. In a comment to German television ZDF, Juncker said: “We carried out a survey, millions responded and believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that’s what will happen.” The survey took place between 4 July and 16 August and gathered responses from 4.6m citizens across all 28 EU member states, with more than 80% being against changing the clocks in spring and autumn.
Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, emphasised again today he’s against the idea of redefining borders and swapping land with Serbia, saying this could lead to new conflicts in the Balkans, IBNA reports. In his Facebook post, Haradinaj said this idea means instability and insecurity. “The constant debates over the redefinition of borders and territorial exchanges are an invitation for new tragedies in the Balkans, which leads to destabilisation and insecurity. This idea is a threat for long-term political investments and security for stability and peace in Kosovo and the region”, Haradinaj said. In a comment to the Irish Times, he said re-opening “what has already been agreed, it means re-opening the past, and in our region re-opening the past means re-opening wars. All these borders are the result of tragic wars.” He added: “I hope world leaders come out as soon as possible and are crystal clear in asking all parties to respect past agreements and stop talking about this.”