Newspaper May 17-23: British tourists can visit Portugal and Eurovision returns after year off
Foresight News summarizes the key events that need to be in your News Journal this week …
England, Scotland and Wales are all entering a new stage in their respective lockdown exit plans, as domestic hospitality and entertainment reopens across Britain. In England and Scotland, limited domestic mixing will be allowed, while all three countries will allow more to congregate outside. For holidaymakers, the biggest change will be the reopening of international travel following the announcement of 12 Green List countries from which travelers will not have to quarantine, and Britons were relieved to learn that Portugal, the only European destination on the list, will be open to tourists.
Lord Frost faces questions from MPs during a committee session on the UK’s new relationship with Europe, which comes after the minister met loyalist paramilitary figures during a visit to Northern Ireland the last week. Frost said after the visit that the Northern Ireland protocol would not be sustainable for long in its current form, and members of the EU review panel will be eager to hear an update on the discussions of Frost with his European Commission counterpart, Maros Sefcovic, on possible solutions to border problems. .
Other notable committee sessions this week see Cabinet Secretary Simon Case discussing the Cabinet Handbook (Monday), Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary Alex Chisholm answering questions about the work of his department, the Governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey speaking on quantitative easing and COP26 President Alok Sharma explaining the environment. diplomacy (all Tuesday), and the chairman of the Commission on the race, Tony Sewell, talks about white students left behind from disadvantaged backgrounds (Wednesday).
International Energy Agency releases major new report on how the energy sector can achieve net zero emissions by 2050, outlining actions to be taken by governments, businesses, investors and citizens. At the IEA Net Zero summit in March, which the UK co-hosted with a focus on the upcoming COP26 summit, agency chief Fatih Birol said major economies of the world should work more effectively and closely together to make the transition to energy cleansing. With carbon emissions set to increase dramatically this year, in part due to the use of coal-fired power in China, there is a clear need for effective collaborative strategies.
Transport for London’s emergency funding agreement expires today, and a new funding agreement has yet to be finalized. TfL secured a first £ 1.6bn government bailout in May 2020 following a 95% drop in passenger numbers during the first wave of the pandemic, with several extensions agreed since . The stalemate comes as business leaders implore the two sides to “stop bickering” and resolve the crisis facing the capital’s transport system.
Nick Thomas-Symonds is the latest guest in POLITICO’s series of virtual interviews with prominent British politicians. The Shadow Home Secretary has gotten through Labor’s post-election infighting relatively unscathed, retaining his job in the Shadow Cabinet reshuffle and as one of the most prominent MPs to serve under Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer, he’s in a good position to deliver. a look at what went wrong for the party on May 6.
The debate on the Queen’s Speech ends today with the theme ‘A bailout for the NHS and social protection’, after which MPs will vote on the government’s legislative program for the new parliamentary session. One of the main criticisms of this year’s speech was for failing to address the funding of adult social care, and while Labor MPs may appreciate the opportunity to close the debate with an NHS point scoring, the new legislation will be comfortably approved. There will be bigger battles for the government to come, however, especially around proposals for reform of planning laws and judicial reviews and the introduction of voter IDs.
It’s a big day in France, as the easing of the lockout continues with the reopening of The terraces, the country’s most sophisticated equivalent of the humble British pub. Beyond the debate on Foucauldian concepts of power over vintage Bordeaux glasses until an expanded curfew at 9 p.m., the French will also be able to visit cafes, restaurants, zoos, museums, boutiques and shops. theaters as part of a gradual return to normal public life in France. France which is due to culminate on June 30.
Piers Corbyn, former London mayoral candidate and brother of former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, is appearing before magistrates over his participation in a series of anti-lockdown protests last year. At a hearing in Bristol last month on similar charges, Corbyn accused the court of “tyranny” and complained that he was specifically targeted for arrest.
Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait joins think tank Bright Blue as part of their Ludgate lecture series to discuss the future of journalism. Micklethwait may choose to focus on accountability, a theme he recently explored at the political level in his book The wake-up call, but which also appeared in a leaked memo in February when Bloomberg fired 90 people in an attempt to make the newsroom “more agile.”
In the Icelandic capital Reykjavík, Arctic Council foreign ministers hold their annual ministerial meeting to discuss issues such as climate change and the well-being of Arctic communities. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov are present and have announced their intention to hold their first face-to-face meeting on the sidelines of the rally. Preparations for the much-anticipated summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, which is due to take place in June, will likely be high on the agenda.
There were encouraging signs for retailers in industry data released last week and official ONS figures will show today how far the industry has started to recover after the easing of restrictions and the return of shoppers in the shopping streets in April. The BRC cited pent-up demand in the short term as a recorded growth driver for its sales monitor, but the growth in online shopping and the lack of workers in many city centers will continue to be a concern for many retailers in the coming months. .
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen co-organize the World Health Summit to share lessons learned from the pandemic and endorse a “Rome Declaration” of principles to prevent future health crises global. Leaders should pledge to fund the World Health Organization’s underfunded ACT-Accelerator program and debate the issue of waiving intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines following the announcement surprise from the United States that they are now in favor of doing so.
US President Joe Biden welcomes South Korean President Moon Jae-In for his second in-person meeting with a foreign leader since taking office. Discussions are expected to focus on efforts to resume denuclearization negotiations with North Korea, a key priority for Moon’s last year in office. The couple are also likely to discuss mutual priorities, including relations with China and the fight against the coronavirus and climate crises.
Eurovision returns after the competition was canceled last year for the first time in its history, with the Netherlands retaining the hosting functions and around 3,500 fans allowed to watch live from Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena. The show features many artists who were due to perform in 2020, but with new songs. Malta, France and Cyprus are among the favorites this year, while the UK should be confident to improve on its last place in 2019 with songwriter James Newman.
The final games of the Premier League season see all the teams playing one day, with crucial European places yet to be won. Following Boris Johnson’s May 10 announcement about easing lockdown restrictions, up to 10,000 fans (or 25% of stadium capacity) can attend each game. As the European Super League attempt still loomed in fans’ minds, we could see sections of support once again expressing their continued unhappiness with the move once allowed to return inside.
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