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Coronavirus is death knell for Scottish fishing industry | DW | 01.04.2020

As the worst of the winter weather recedes and Easter approaches, Fraserburgh harbor in northeast Scotland ought to be teeming with activity. Under clear skies, dozens of trawler boats would — in normal times — be setting off for the bountiful fishing grounds of the North Sea, or returning to unload their catch. But these are not normal times, and the port sits silent. A full four-fifths of the fleet is currently tied up, estimates veteran Fraserburgh skipper Mark Robertson. Like businesses the

Scotland's shameful record: Homelessness fuels highest drug-death rate in Europe

It's a bitterly cold night in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Kevin Barry Duffin's hat is pulled low against the winter chill, and he warms his hands with a steaming cup of coffee. His smile is broad as he approaches for a chat; but behind the homeless man's eyes, there is sadness. "First it was codeine. Then heroin when I was 26. Now, in the last four years, it's been coke. I was abused growing up. That's what's f---ed me up. I took drugs to cover the pain," he says. Kevin is one of dozens

Brexit And The Regions: Fear Of No Deal Disaster In England’s Industrial Heartlands

Visualise Brexit. Big Ben may spring to mind, or the prime minister at his podium in Downing Street. But Britain’s E.U. departure isn’t a London phenomenon. It was on the streets of Hartlepool, Walsall, and Dudley—not Westminster—that the Leave campaign prevailed. Brexit was forged in England’s former industrial heartlands—and now, as trade talks commence, the regions’ message is clear: do not ignore us. Devastated by steep decline in the 1980s, decades of regeneration have shaped the economies

Brexit Fishing: Battle Lines Drawn On Access To U.K. Waters

Floundering trade talks. Gunboat diplomacy. Stormy waters ahead. With Brexit and fishing, the puns come easily. But for the fishing industry’s 180,000 European employees, Britain’s E.U. departure is no joke. Its economic significance may be slight—1.6% of GDP at most—but across the continent, fishing sustains whole coastal communities. With London and Brussels at loggerheads over the sector’s future, their survival is in doubt. Britain’s waters—and the creatures in them—have long been a symbol

Coronavirus: Is The U.K. Prepared?

Britain is on edge. Coronavirus’s steady creep is starting to look more like a surge: a thousand cases in South Korea, fifteen dead in Iran, over three hundred infected in Italy. The U.K.’s health secretary confessed this week that he is “pretty worried”; a jarring understatement to Brits already battling the virus. That group is currently small—a dozen or so—but experts are clear: the worst is still to come. ‘Covid-19’, the disease’s official designation, has brought chaos to China. With almo

New U.K. Immigration Plan Is ‘Life Sentence’ For Social Care Workers

Karolina Gerlich came to the United Kingdom 12 years ago. Her native Poland had acceded to the E.U. three years earlier, allowing her unfettered access to Britain's job market. She first worked as an au pair, before moving into manufacturing and hospitality. And then she found her calling: social care. Looking after people—in their own homes or at specialized care facilities—is what makes her feel the most “fulfilled and useful”. She has worked hard over the last decade, and can now proudly int

Power Politics: Reshuffle Reveals Johnson And Cummings’ Iron Grip

It was billed as a moderate shake-up. A few fresh faces—particularly in the junior ranks—but effectively a continuity Cabinet, one committed to carrying out the Conservatives’ winning manifesto. Did nobody tell Dominic Cummings? Boris Johnson’s tough-as-nails top aide was in no mood for compromise this morning, forcing from office Britain’s second most powerful politician. Sajid Javid—now former Chancellor of the Exchequer—had been given an ultimatum: sack your senior staff, or you’re finished.

Explaining Sinn Féin’s Election Success

To upend a century of two-party rule, it takes an electoral earthquake. In Ireland, on Saturday, one struck. Sinn Féin, a group long shunned for its ties to sectarian terrorists, stormed the nation’s general election, beating both of Ireland’s dominant centrist parties in the popular vote. Now starts a frantic, and likely protracted, spell of coalition-building, as the roaring republicans look to lock their mainstream rivals from government. “Something of a revolution” was underway, said Sinn

Far-Right Upset At German Election Is A Warning Moderates Had Better Heed

In Germany this week—as the nation marks 75 years since the fall of fascism—the spectre of far-right rule reared its head. A startling series of events saw Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), a party of ardent nationalists, play kingmaker in a regional election. The result is likely to be undone—but Germany’s guiding post-war principle, to keep power in moderate hands, has been punctured. The drama played out in Thuringia, an eastern state governed in recent years by the left-wing Die Linke part

Why U.K. Prisons Are ‘Warehouses’ Of Terrorism

Two months, two eerily similar attacks. Late last year near London Bridge; on Sunday, a south London street. Members of the public mauled by knife-wielding young men bent on murder. Two corrupted minds untempered by recent prison terms for terror-related offences. Sunday’s assault on Streatham High Road could have been far, far worse. Tailed by counter-terror cops as he left his parole hostel, 20-year-old Sudesh Amman was shot dead before he could claim a life. In November, Londoners were less

After UK leaves EU on January 31, what will change?

On Friday evening, as the clock strikes eleven, Britain will leave the European Union. More than three and a half years since the EU referendum, during which the country has seen two general elections and much political wrangling, the wishes of 17.4 million Britons will be realised. • What price will the developing world pay for Brexit? But do not expect an end to the drama. January 31 marks a single page-turn in the Brexit odyssey and the next chapter could be just as fraught. A transition p

U.K.’s Trading Future Far From Clear As Brexit Looms

We’re on the final straight. After four frenzied, fascinating years, on Friday 31st, Brexit will happen. At the stroke of 11:00 p.m., the wish of 17.4 million Brits will be realized. For the first time in four decades, the U.K. will be truly standing on its own two feet. An independent trading nation, bridled by Brussels no more. Well, not exactly. At the end of the month, Britain will indeed cease to be an EU member. There will be no more U.K. MEPs, no British commissioner, no ministers in at

2020: The Year The Greens Take Europe?

As record temperatures roasted Europe last summer, eco-fever swept the land. Surging atop the political agenda like never before, environmentalism—once the reserve of an entitled fringe—took centre stage—and, in some areas at least, it shows little sign of stopping. In Austria, the new decade just hours old, history was made: the country’s Greens agreed to enter national government. They will serve alongside the People’s Party, right-wing conservatives, signalling a curious crossing of the cont

Huawei: Britain’s Brexit Future At Stake As U.K. And U.S. Clash

Is Huawei the right way? It’s a question bedevilling Britain’s Boris Johnson—one he will soon have to answer. There are no easy options. Entrust the Chinese tech giant with Britain’s 5G future, and he’ll incur the wrath of Washington; but kowtow to the Americans, and he risks nobbling his nation’s networking potential. It’s a delicate decision that could, in time, define Brexit Britain’s place in the world. Johnson’s Huawei dilemma is years in the making. His predecessor, Theresa May, backed pl

E.U. Sidelined On Libya As Russia And Turkey Take Leading Role

As Colonel Muammar Gaddafi sped from his crumbling Sirte stronghold in 2011, it was European fighter jets—not Libya’s vanquishing rebels—that cut short his flight. But like the promise of peace that came with the dictator's demise, Europe's influence has not lasted. Libya is now in the throes of civil war, a catastrophic conflict inflamed immeasurably by foreign interference. From the periphery, EU leaders call for peace—but beside the region’s new power brokers, their once pivotal voice is scar

Europe Powerless As Trump Takes On Iran

As American missiles screamed down from the skies above Baghdad airport on Friday, European hopes for peace in the Middle East took a similar trajectory. In killing General Qasem Soleimani, President Trump has stepped perilously into the unknown, inviting Iranian retribution upon the U.S. and her allies. Whether revenge will be sought militarily, we do not know; but decisive diplomatic action is inevitable. Even before the attack, the West’s headline agreement with Iran—the Joint Comprehensive

2020 Could See Renewed Refugee Crisis In Europe

A desperate scramble from Syria’s Idlib province has begun. Pouring from the last rebel stronghold as state troops advance, the region’s weary populace face a perilous journey. The road north is their only real hope—but strafed daily by machine gun fire and aircraft missiles, it’s a daunting prospect. Still, if they’re to reach the Turkish border, it’s a route they must brave. And then what? Into Europe, somehow, and a spot in a squalid, disease-ridden refugee camp. It’s a passage tens—if not h

Christmas Rail Strike Chaos As French Pension Reform Protests Continue

Steeped in an unseasonal stillness, Paris’s central rail station sits eerily quiet. Outside, a very different scene. As drums thump and red smoke spirals skyward, the streets throng with railway workers protesting President Emmanuel Macron’s divisive pension reform plans. Both sides have made minor concessions, but with neither budging on their key demands, a Christmas of commuter misery approaches. For 20 days, travel chaos has gripped France. A full 85% of train drivers—employees of the SNCF

Europe Plans To Lead The World Away From Climate Catastrophe—But Not All Are Convinced

High above the smoke-choked cities of 18th century Europe, our planet’s intractable climate crisis commenced. The continent’s breakneck industrialization gave way to a worldwide carbon conundrum, which—a quarter millennia later—we’re yet to solve. But solve it we will, citizens of Europe were told last week. And that's where we’ll do it, on the continent the catastrophe first took shape. A bold Green New Deal is to be adopted, announced Ursula Von der Leyen, president of the European Commission
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