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 all enter a new stage in their respective lockdown release 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 vacationers, the biggest change will be the reopening of international travel following the announcement of the 12 green list countries from which travelers will not have to quarantine, and the British relieved to hear 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 that comes after the minister’s meeting Loyalist paramilitary figures during a visit to Northern Ireland last week. Frost said after the visit that the Northern Ireland protocol would not be durable for a long time in its current form, and members of the EU review committee will be eager to hear an update on Frost’s discussions with his European Commission counterpart, Maros Sefcovic, on possible solutions to border issues.

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 AIE Net Zero Summit in March, which the UK co-hosted with a focus on the upcoming COP26 summit, agency chief Fatih Birol said the world’s major economies should work more efficiently and closely together to make the transition to clean energy. With carbon emissions are expected to increase significantly During 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 got a first £ 1.6 billion government bailout in May 2020 following a 95% drop in the number of passengers during the first wave of the pandemic, several extensions having since been agreed. The dead end arises as business leaders implore the two sides to “stop bickering” and resolve the crisis in the capital’s transportation system.

Nick Thomas-Symonds is the latest guest in POLITICO’s series of virtual interviews with prominent British politicians. The Shadow Home Secretary went through Labor’s post-election infighting relatively unscathed, keep his job in the shadow cabinet reshuffle, and as one of the most prominent MPs to have served under Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer, he is well positioned to provide insight into what went wrong for the left 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 the lack of response financing of social care for adults, and while Labor MPs may appreciate the opportunity to close the debate with some NHS score, 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 more sophisticated equivalent of the humble British pub. Beyond debating Foucauldian concepts of power over vintage Bordeaux glasses to a curfew extended to 9 p.m., from today, the French will also be able to visit cafes, restaurants, zoos, museums, shops and theaters as part of a gradual return to normal public life in France which is due to peak 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 laid off 90 people in an attempt to make the newsroom “more agile.”

In the Icelandic capital Reykjavík, foreign ministers Arctic Council 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 eagerly awaited summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, is expected to take place in June.


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 in the short term pent-up demand as a recorded growth factor for its sales monitor, but the growth in online shopping and the lack of labor in many city centers will continue to grow. concern many retailers over the next few months.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen co-organize the World Health Summit share lessons learned from the pandemic and endorse a “Rome Declaration” of principles to prevent future global health crises. The leaders are expected commit to funding the World Health Organization program underfunded ACT-Accelerator and discuss the issue of waiver of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines following the surprise announcement of the United States that it is now in favor of this decision.

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 should focus on efforts to resume denuclearization negotiations with North Korea, a key priority for Moon’s last year in power. 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 in improving 2019 last place 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 on easing lockdown restrictions, up to 10,000 fans (25% of the stadium capacity) can attend each match. As the European Super League attempt still looms in fans’ minds, we might see sections of support again. expressing their continued dissatisfaction to the move once authorized to return inside the field.

The News Log is provided in association with Foresight news.

Photo: PA Wire / Andrew Matthews


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