Sweden’s image as a society both wisely neutral in international affairs and justly organised in its domestic life exercised a powerful attraction on generations of Europeans. Events and circumstance closed in on that unique Sweden which was something of a light to the world. Yet Sweden never quite became just another country coping with globalisation and trying to sustain a welfare state and a national manufacturing base at a time when resources were shrinking. It is still one of Europe’s most cohesive, balanced and prosperous countries. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on the Swedish elections
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Tagelagi is well-known on the island. A parliamentarian for 12 years, minister for six, and the son of the country’s first parliamentary speaker, Tagelagi is also an international-level lawn bowler, having represented Niue in bowls at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. … [Read more...] about Niue’s Covid election: MP wins seat on coin toss as lawn bowls king becomes leader
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Acknowledging the intrusive power of the tool, and the potential for malicious abuse of it, Apple and Google have set preconditions for accessing its contact-tracing framework. The companies will allow only one app per country, approved by its government or its national health authority, but they will not allow a country’s disease-control authority to connect the dots that are critical for analysing data. Manually Latvia’s disease-control authority will call a coronavirus-positive patient, query their contacts to determine the potential exposure, inform those people of a risk, follow up on further developments and build “the tree” of virus spread. The Google-Apple approach will not allow the sole and official “national app” to establish the connection between contacts and carrier. … [Read more...] about Why are Google and Apple dictating how European democracies fight coronavirus?