Global political calendar: Herzog sworn in as Israeli president
A big day awaits the Israelis next week. They are set to witness the handover of the presidency from Reuven Rivlin to Isaac Herzog after the former’s seven-year term.
The day also marks the 84th anniversary of the Lugou Bridge Incident, a key event that marks the start of Japan’s full-scale war against China in World War II. Official data shows that more than 35 million Chinese military and civilians died in the war, representing nearly 8% of China’s total population in 1928.
84th anniversary of the Lugou bridge incident
On July 7, 1937, Japanese troops invaded Beijing, attacking Chinese forces at the Lugou Bridge, also known as the Marco Polo Bridge, on the outskirts of Beijing. The Lugou Bridge incident marked the start of Japan’s full-scale war against China in World War II.
The commemoration of the incident is deeply engraved, especially among residents of northeast China, as their homeland was occupied by the Japanese military during WWII.
A series of commemorative activities are expected to take place across China.
Isaac Herzog is sworn in as President of Israel
Israel’s new president, Isaac Herzog, will be sworn in on July 7, according to the president’s office.
In his first televised address after his election, Herzog said he intended to “build bridges” within divided Israeli society and with the Jewish diaspora and “to preserve the foundations of our democracy”.
The president’s role in Israel is primarily ceremonial, with little executive power. The person who held the most power, the Prime Minister of the country, has also changed recently. Naftali Bennett succeeded the country’s longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who will leave the official residence of the country’s prime minister no later than July 10.
Day by day:
Monday: German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a press conference after hosting the Berlin Process Summit on the Western Balkans 2021; French President Emmanuel Macron receives Italian President Sergio Mattarella during a state visit; King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visit Germany.
Tuesday: European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis gives a press conference on the bloc’s renewed sustainable financing strategy and a communication on establishing a European standard for green bonds.
Wednesday: 84th anniversary of the Lugou bridge incident; Israelthe new president Isaac Herzog is sworn in; Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Vilnius for the Ukraine Investment Conference.
Thursday: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum.
Friday: 10th anniversary of South sudan become an independent state; G20 economy ministers meet in Venice for a two-day summit (until July 10).
Saturday: A quiet day in politics.
Sunday: Bulgaria holds early parliamentary elections; Slovenia holds referendum elections; United Nations World Population Day; Moldova holds legislative elections.