Tuesday's briefing: "Pantomime" by Brexit baffles Europeans | world news

12-02-2019 06:02

Top story: "It is time that Britain is now"

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"It's a mix of confusion and confusion … a pantomime you can not stop," says Dutch MP Michiel van Hulten. "A national psychodrama," says a French commentator. "I think it is time for Britain to leave now," says a German professor. Today, seven of our correspondents report on how the Brexit upheaval has impacted Britain's image on the continent.

Official numbers in the country confirm that Britain has suffered the worst GDP growth since 2012 – the Chancellor's claim that Great Britain could make an economic dividend if MEPs vote in favor of Theresa May's Brexit deal. The economy grew by only 0.2% in the last three months of 2018, after 0.6% in the third quarter. For the full year 2018, GDP growth fell to 1.8% in 2017, the lowest level since 2012 of 1.4%. As the Brexit deadline approaches, parts of the car industry are stockpiled, banks have relocated employees to Ireland and continental Europe and Panasonic, and Sony has moved its EU headquarters to mainland Europe.

May hopes to convince the House of Commons today to give her another fourteen days to demand changes to the Irish point of contact, despite Michel Barnier's insistence that Britain compromise. In Spain, farmers using polytunnel-grown strawberries feared that Brexit could affect access to the UK market, which costs 15% of its fruit.

Trump and Beto organize duel rallies – As the party leaders worked to finalize a deal yesterday to avert another damaging US government, Donald Trump held a big rally in El Paso. The president insisted that a border wall made the Texas city safer (local politicians disagree) and boasted, despite the foreclosure, "just so you know, we'll build the wall anyway."

Beto O & Rourke welcomes a follower after his speech in El Paso.

Beto O & Rourke welcomes a follower after his speech in El Paso. Photo: Loren Elliott / Reuters

Beto O & Rourke spoke before a Trump speech in El Paso against a rally. The former Congressman and Senate hoped for a brisk crowd in the middle of 2018, "Walls do not make us safer."

Separatist process begins in Spain – The trial of twelve Catalan separatist leaders is scheduled to begin today in Madrid. It comes from the one-sided independence referendum that the Catalan regional government conducted in the fall of 2017 against the national government of Spain and the courts. The Spanish Ambassador in London, Carlos Bastarreche, has said in a rare public intervention that the trial is not political and that the process is "of paramount importance to Spain's reputation as a modern democracy". The Catalan government has launched an intensive diplomatic and PR campaign to present the trial as a show trial. Nine of the defendants are accused of rebellion, while the accused may face up to 25 years in prison under the heaviest charges.

Tehran vs. Trump in Word War – Iran and the United States have carried epithets to each other on the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Republic. Tehran screams after the death of death, while President Hassan Rouhani denounced Donald Trump as an "idiot" and contradicted the demands for a new agreement to end the Iranian missile program: "We have no permission to increase our defense force and for the Construction of all kinds of … rockets. "Trump said Iran could only label" 40 years of failure … The boring Iranian people deserve a much better future. "The Israeli PM responded to a threat from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Attacking Iran, they "bombarded" the Israeli cities. "It would mean that they had celebrated their last day of revolution," said Benjamin Netanyahu. "You are well advised to take this into account."

Wing force – A wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire, which will eventually be the largest in the world, will deliver its first power for the UK power grid this week. Hornsea One is said to cover an area of ​​407 square kilometers, five times the size of the nearby city of Hull. 174 turbines have a capacity of 1.2 GW – enough to power one million homes. It is expected to be completed in the second half of this year by the Danish developer Ørsted. About half of the components for the project are manufactured in the United Kingdom. In Hull, Teeside and Campbeltown in the Scottish Highlands. The United Kingdom has enough wind and shallow enough to cover most of Europe, says Henrik Poulsen, CEO of Ørsted. To a lesser extent, new wind turbines could offset the abandoned nuclear power plants in the UK.

Something to process – More than half of Britain's diet consists of ultra-processed foods that, according to the researchers, are associated with the risk of premature death. In a study, 44,000 people attended for seven years, and watched how much of their diets came from food made from industrial ingredients and additives such as dried ready meals, cakes and biscuits. Those who died at the end of the study had probably eaten a larger amount of ultra-processed foods, the researchers noted. Nita Forouhi, a professor of epidemiology at Cambridge, commented on the study, saying that poorer people disproportionately consume such foods: "They tend to be cheaper, are very palatable, highly marketed, ready to eat due to their high sugar, salt and saturated fat content and their expiration dates are lengthy, so they last longer. More needs to be done to eliminate these inequalities. "

Today in Focus Podcast: My Week at Guantánamo Bay

Recently, Julian Borger, the Guardian, participated in the 33rd hearing of five 9/11 suspects.

Watchtower in Guantánamo Bay.

Watchtower in Guantánamo Bay. Photo: Thomas Watkins / AFP / Getty Images

He discusses why the most important criminal trial in American history has still not begun. And: Damian Carrington on the catastrophic decline of insects.

At noon read: Climate change and the collapse of everything

Man-made threats to the climate, nature and economics pose a risk of systemic collapse, similar to the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new report calling for urgent and radical reform to protect political and social systems. While threats have been studied in isolation in many environmental risk studies – weather, ecosystems, and the economy – the new publication, "This Is a Crisis: The Age of Environmental Destruction", reviews and evaluates how these factors interact a cascade of turning points in human society as well as in the natural world.

In November 2018, the seawater flooded the church of Pariahan, north of Manila, Philippines.

In November 2018, the seawater flooded the church of the village Pariahan, north of Manila, Philippines. Photo: Jes Aznar / Getty Images

The metastatic study produced by the IPPR think tank shows that since 2005, the number of floods has increased by a factor of 15, extreme temperature events have increased by a factor of 20 and the number of forest fires has increased seven-fold. The topsoil is now lost 10 to 40 times faster than it is replenished by natural processes. The 20 warmest years since records began in 1850 have been over the past 22 years. Vertebrate populations have fallen by an average of 60% since the 1970s; and the number of insects that are essential for pollination has fallen even faster in some countries. A broader discussion is the first step, says lead author Laurie Laybourn-Langton, who said he was shocked at the low level of public debate on the scale of the problem: "It's the kind of things that are mentioned at the end of a conversation. Everyone is looking at the ground, but we do not have time for that, "he said.


The nightmare about the flu in the horse race seems almost over. According to the news, the sport may be resumed on Wednesday when the four scheduled race meetings take place under enhanced biosecurity measures. England leads the field with 448 runs after day three of the third test, when their batsmen finally came to the party. Joe Root, Joe Denly and Jos Buttler showed an improved form after a lamentable series. England's rugby union team awaits the results of a scan by Mako Vunipola after suffering an ankle injury in France on Sunday in the Six Nations. Maurizio Sarri's fate as Chelsea's head coach will be determined later this month as the Italian tries to convince the club's hierarchy that he can recover somewhat.

Tennis World No. 1 Naomi Osaka has parted company with coach Sascha Bajin, just over two weeks after winning the Australian Open to claim a second consecutive Grand Slam title. British American Tobacco, who retired from F1 in 2006 when tobacco was banned from sport, returns with McLaren in a "global partnership". Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes that Manchester United may be in for a surprise win in the Champions League as their team prepares to face Paris Saint-Germain in the last knockout round at Old Trafford. And Hakeem al-Araibi has returned to Australia on Interpol Red Announcement 77 days after the refugee footballer's arrest in Thailand. He has called for a global condemnation and a campaign to free him.


Asian stocks rallied after a lethargic day on Wall Street as investors watched for trade talks between the US and China. US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin will lead a delegation to Beijing on Thursday to discuss their wage dispute. The pound was quoted overnight at $ 1.286 and $ 1.140, while the FTSE is expected to rise higher.

The papers

Technology News on some of the magazine covers. The I reports calls for a "crackdown on Facebook and Google" during the telegraph covers new laws aimed at keeping children safe on social media: "due diligence must bring with it criminal sanctions". And the Sun has a story about a gadget that can be bought legally and makes stealing cars very easy: "gone in 6 seconds".

Guardian front page, Tuesday, February 12, 2018

Guardian front page, Tuesday, February 12, 2018.

The Guardian has denied "Brexit dividend entitlement, as the UK economy hits the buffers" while the Financial Times reports: "Slowest growth in a decade challenges Hammond to Brexit". The Times has a story about YouGov modeling that says "Tories would win the majority if elections were held today".

The Reflect splash is "We're all to blame," as Amber admits to Rudd that people's lending has been forced to rely on food banks. The e-mail The main story is "Nurse Disappointed with NHS She Loved". The express reports that "millions of ATMs suffer" as nearly 500 ATMs disappear each month.

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