Daily Archives: July 19, 2018

The purge of school teachers has begun in Ukraine

The mayor of a large Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk, Boris Filatov, said on July 18 that he began personnel purge in the city’s schools. School principals are appointed by the city’s mayor under the contract, and the mayor threatens those directors who oppose the Kiev regime and show sympathy for Russia. Filatov said that about a third of the directors and head teachers of schools will be dismissed because of pro-Russian views and “separatist sentiments.” The corresponding statement he published on Facebook.

China | China works on enlarging its middle-income group

China is working on measures to enlarge its middle-income group, including increasing earnings for the low-income class, equalizing public services and reforming taxation, as Economic Information Daily reported Thursday.

The report cited data from the China Institute for Income Distribution of Beijing Normal University, showing that the middle-income class is expected to scale up to 43 percent in 2020 if there are no policy changes, while the figure could reach up to 50 percent with preferential policies.

Spain | Spain: Judge drops extradition bids for 6 Catalan fugitives

A Spanish Supreme Court judge on Thursday dropped extradition requests for six politicians wanted on rebellion charges for their roles in promoting independence for Spain’s Catalonia region, including former regional president Carles Puigdemont.

The decision was a major setback for Spain’s legal efforts to crack down on the wealthy Catalan region’s secessionist movement and keeps alive an issue that last year brought Spain’s worst political crisis in four decades.