In a recent Q&A session with Guardian readers, Ardern said New Zealanders had a low threshold for the so-called culture wars seen around the election of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, and even coming referendums on legalising marijuana and euthanasia should not divide the country. … [Read more...] about Jacinda Ardern calls for ‘factual and positive’ New Zealand election campaign
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A timeline of France's 'yellow vest' protests Rubber bullets do damage, too Prominent activist Jerome Rodrigues was injured in a confrontation on January 26. Rodrigues said he was hit in the eye by a police rubber bullet, an anti-riot weapon that has become highly controversial in France. The incident led to public outrage and was one of many severe injuries that protest groups blamed on the rubber bullets. … [Read more...] about Gilet jaunes: Yellow vests go green, as Europeans demand climate action
Why is a higher deficit in Italy a problem? A rising budget deficit inflates a country's public debt. As it stands, Italy has one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios in the EU — 130 percent of GDP, second only to Greece. Within the Eurozone, the recommended debt-to-GDP ratio is 60 percent. Rising levels of public debt would threaten Italy's credibility in global markets and, according to economists, be a hindrance to growth. … [Read more...] about Italy defies EU’s request for smaller budget
Head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde said on Monday that eurozone countries should set up a "rainy day fund" to cushion members in the event of economic downturn, an idea floated by Macron in 2017. Speaking in Berlin, Lagarde said countries could pay around 0.35 percent of their annual GDP into a common pot. … [Read more...] about Macron reform boost as public deficit falls under EU limit
Five times more likely to be male than female More likely to be unemployed than in work, studying or retired Most likely to be aged 25 to 34 (if male) More likely to be from a black or other minority ethnic background than from a white or Asian background (on a three-year view) More likely to indicate signs of mental ill health More likely to indicate signs of low wellbeing In the year to March 2019, UK gamblers collectively lost about £14.4bn. … [Read more...] about Problem gambling: Why do some people become addicted?