Mar 16th 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

The British government’s draft Brexit deal was again roundly defeated in Parliament. The prime minister, Theresa May, had won assurances from Brussels that the “backstop”, which would keep Britain in the EU’s customs union to avoid a hard border in Ireland, was temporary, but this failed to satisfy Brexiteers. MPs also voted against a no-deal Brexit. Two German journalists were forced …

Business this week

Business this week

The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet, killing all 157 people on board, raised safety questions about Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft. It was the second time a MAX 8 has crashed within five months, with what appear to be similar problems on take-off. As a precaution the EU stopped the plane from flying, as did many countries, including Australia, China and, eventually, …

A country in chaos Oh **UK! What next for Brexit?

A country in chaos Oh **UK! What next for Brexit?

Britain’s political crisis has reached new depths. Parliament must seize the initiative WHEN HISTORIANS come to write the tale of Britain’s attempts to leave the European Union, this week may be seen as the moment the country finally grasped the mess it was in. In the campaign, Leavers had promised voters that Brexit would be easy …

Transatlantic relations Europe and America must work to stop their relationship unravelling

Transatlantic relations Europe and America must work to stop their relationship unravelling

Worth fighting for THE ATLANTIC OCEAN is starting to look awfully wide. To Europeans the United States appears ever more remote, under a puzzling president who delights in bullying them, questions the future of the transatlantic alliance and sometimes shows more warmth towards dictators than democrats. Americans see an ageing continent that, though fine for tourists, …

General decline Thailand’s bogus election

General decline Thailand’s bogus election

The vote does not mark a return to democracy, but a new phase in military misrule IT SHOULD BE a triumphant return. On March 24th Thai voters will elect a new parliament, putting an end to five years of direct military rule (see article). But the MPs they pick will have nowhere to meet. King Vajiralongkorn has appropriated …