UK James Landale Diplomatic correspondent @BBCJLandale on Twitter 25 February 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47241921 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit How do UK politicians and policymakers see Britain's … [Read more...] about What role should Britain play in the world after Brexit?
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Finland to change law to recognise sex without consent as rape The Independent Finland is to tighten its laws to ensure sex without consent or with children is always punishable as rape. The government announced the proposed changes after 57,000 people signed a petition calling for sexual offence legislation to be revamped. The country’s Nordic neighour, Sweden, passed a similar law last year. Campaigners in Finland welcomed the move and said the #MeToo movement had prompted “a big change in the conversation” about consent. The changes will also ensure sex with minors is always classed as rape. It follows an outcry over a case in which a man who sexually abused a 10-year-old girl could not be charged with rape under Finnish law. Prosecutors appealed unsuccessfully last year for a higher sentence after the 21-year-old was jailed for three years for aggravated sexual abuse in 2016. But Finland’s justice minister Antti … [Read more...] about #MeToo, immigration debates, and school lunches – Finland in the World Press
On Wednesday, Switzerland was named 'the best country in the world' for the third year in a row because of factors including its economic and political stability. But we at The Local believe there are plenty of other (more surprising) reasons why the country is so great. Here are just seven of them. So it has happened again: Switzerland has once more been named the 'best country' in the world in the annual Best Countries report – a joint project by digital news service US News & World Report, marketing company Y&R and the Wharton School. Giving their reasons, the people behind the survey-based ranking cited the usual suspects like the country's enticing tax rates and its excellent public health and education systems. Bur while there is no denying factors like these are key in making Switzerland a great place to live, we at The Local believe there are plenty of other reasons why Switzerland deserves the "best country" crown. Here we take a (sometimes … [Read more...] about The REAL reasons why Switzerland is the best country in the world
Sputnik: The meaningful vote debate has started once again, but if nothing has changed how meaningful is the debate? Dr Connal Parr: I think that there's absolutely no change in the prospect these debates are going to lead to anything other than a defeat for the bill. The deal which Theresa May has negotiated over the last number of months being defeated, there's no other alternatives and then the belief is that this is going to be defeated in various forms by a substantial majority in the House of Commons. © AFP 2018 / JUSTIN TALLISTired of Waiting: British MPs Say 3 Days Enough to Suggest Alternative If Brexit Deal Is RejectedSputnik: At this point, it's looking like a choice No Deal or a 2nd Brexit Referendum. What do you think will happen next? Dr Connal Parr: My evidence for what I'm about to state I think is going to happen derives from a meeting which took place … [Read more...] about Scholar: Brexit Spirit Comes from Nostalgia for British Dominance in the World
In the past month we’ve learned four important things. Over 90 per cent of the world's children are breathing toxic air; humanity has wiped out 60 per cent of animal species since 1970; the world’s scientific authority on climate told us that we need “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” if we are to avoid disastrous climate breakdown; and the former Archbishop of Canterbury joined nearly a hundred other civic leaders to declare a willingness to break the law as part of a national “Extinction Rebellion”. Would you know any of this from this week's Budget debate in parliament? ... Not a chance. Given the turmoil in the Tory Party, perhaps the chancellor takes extinction for granted. The rest of us don't have to. Someone has to challenge a Budget that failed to even mention climate change; promising instead to spend 500 times as much on building roads as on planting trees. Someone has to say that any … [Read more...] about In the face of climate breakdown, Hammond’s business-as-usual Budget is its own form of extremism