Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing for a general election on Sunday, 2 October. Here we explain how the election works, who the main parties and candidates are, and what the likely outcome might be in a country said to have the most complicated system of government in the world. How did Bosnia end up with the world’s most complex administration? The Balkan country of about 3.2 million is facing a difficult set of choices in its ninth general election since the first multi-party vote in 1990. At the time, Bosnia was still a part of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia — a communist country that soon crumbled and set off a series of wars and conflicts between 1991 and 1999. As one of the seven independent states that came out of the breakup, Bosnia experienced its own war between 1992 and 1995. Until recently, it was considered the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Bosnia remains extremely vulnerable to the increased nationalist … [Read more...] about Bosnia election explained: How does it work? Who is running? Who is likely to win?
Published 2 October 2020 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing PM Boris Johnson has suggested the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the UK is a result of a "fraying of people's discipline" over the summer. He said compliance with the virus restrictions had been "high at first" but then "probably... everybody got a bit, kind of complacent and blasé". Cases have increased sharply across the UK since the end of August. After starting to relax restrictions before the summer, the government has since had to toughen its measures. It comes as the latest UK figures show there have been a further 6,968 cases and another 66 deaths. The R number - a measure of how many other people each person with the virus is infecting - has risen to between 1.3 and 1.6. However, there is more evidence that new coronavirus infections may be increasing more slowly than in previous … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Boris Johnson says everybody got ‘complacent’ over virus
Published 26 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Nottingham and parts of the surrounding county will move into the top tier of Covid restrictions, it has been confirmed. People living in the city, along with Rushcliffe, Gedling and Broxtowe, face the toughest restrictions. The measures come into force at one minute past midnight on Thursday and will expire after 28 days. It comes after the city consistently recorded one of the highest infection rates in the country. About eight million people in England will be living in the tier three - "very high" alert level by the end of the week. This means pubs that do not serve substantial meals have to close, and there are further restrictions on households mixing. The affected parts of Nottinghamshire join Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, South … [Read more...] about Covid: Nottingham to move into tier 3
Published 27 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Warrington is the latest area to move into the top tier of Covid-19 measures as infection rates continue to rise. Tier three restrictions came into force at midnight in the Cheshire town - two days earlier than originally planned. Council leader Russ Bowden said it was the right decision to move Warrington into the "very high" Covid alert level. "This is a public health imperative. What we need to do is protect the lives of our residents," he said. "And - obviously alongside that - [it is about] protecting businesses and jobs here in the town". He added that one of the main concerns was the "way the cases have propagated into the older working age population and particularly those people above 60". Check the restrictions where you live Warrington, … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Warrington moves into tier 3 restrictions
By Jessica Parker Published 12 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Prime Minister Liz Truss has agreed to meet other European leaders at a new political "club of nations" next week. The inaugural summit of the European Political Community (EPC), proposed by French president Emmanuel Macron, will meet in Prague next Thursday. Although the UK voted in 2016 to leave the EU, it is among more than a dozen non-EU nations invited to join EU members to discuss security and energy. Ms Truss has only just indicated she could attend the first meeting. She is said to want the group to focus on "delivery" rather than becoming a "talking shop". UK considers joining new European nations club Truss pledges billions to support Ukraine in 2023 UK defies EU legal action over NI border checks Fact-checking Liz Truss on the economy Mr Macron … [Read more...] about Liz Truss to attend first meeting of European nations club