Europe Katya Adler Europe editor @BBCkatyaadler on Twitter 28 June 2018 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/world-europe-44632471 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Hardened Eurosceptics might love to think the EU's in trouble, but as leaders gather … [Read more...] about Could the migration crisis finish the EU?
Don Brash says it will be difficult to fix New Zealand's housing crisis without crashing the price of housing and wiping out many Kiwis' retirement plans. His comments come after Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters said he wants to get house prices to no more than five times the living wage - so around $213,000. Presently the median price of a house nationwide is $550,000, and in Auckland it's $870,000. Winston Peters' fantastical housing goal for low-income Kiwis "The price of housing has become so outrageous that even people earning $95,000 a year are under financial pressure," Dr Brash, former Reserve Bank Governor, told The AM Show on Thursday. "The people who are poorer and paying a huge amount of mortgage money or rent, they're in desperate straits." Prefabs won't make KiwiBuild homes cheaper - Twyford House price boom not quite over - QV While Mr Peters seemed open to either getting house prices down or wages up, Dr Brash said the latter was incredibly unlikely. "You can't … [Read more...] about Can’t solve the housing crisis without crashing the price of housing
If you are planning to drink draught John Smith's beer or Strongbow cider in a Wetherspoons any time soon you may be disappointed. The chain says some of its pubs do not currently have those drinks because of the carbon dioxide shortage that has hit the UK.But the maker of the two popular brands, Heineken, says supplies will be available again in a couple of days.It comes as food and drink companies put plans in place to minimise disruption for consumers.A Wetherspoon spokesman said: "Wetherspoon has the advantage that it sources its wide range of drinks from a number of suppliers, so has not been too badly affected."Heineken has been the company with the biggest issues and they have told us that all is getting back to normal."A Heineken spokeswoman said: "We'd like to reassure beer drinkers that all our breweries are operating at full capacity, and we're working 24/7 to get beers to our customers as quickly as possible."The country's largest wholesaler Booker said it was limiting … [Read more...] about Some Wetherspoons run out of draught John Smith’s and Strongbow cider amid CO2 crisis
British beef will be exported to China for first time in 20 years in a £50 million boost to the UK economy. Yesterday China lifted its longstanding ban on exports of British beef some two decades after it was first imposed over the "mad cow disease" scandal. At the height of the crisis British red meats were deemed unfit for consumption in foreign countries including China, leading to imports being banned. It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May's trade mission to China earlier this year, during which President Xi Jinping suggested that a lifting of the beef ban was imminent. Chancellor Philip Hammond, who is visiting China this week, described the decision as "great news for British farmers." Last year British beef and lamb also came back on the menu in the US, in what was the first major UK foreign trade deal reached since the vote to leave the EU, boosting the economy by £35 million a year according to estimates by the Department for Environment, Food … [Read more...] about China to accept British beef imports for first time in 20 years
EU leaders are running out of time to reassure their citizens the European Union can control migration before authoritarian politicians win the high-stakes debate, the bloc's president Donald Tusk warned Wednesday. In a letter inviting the leaders to the EU summit starting Thursday, Tusk proposed new steps to bolster external borders, including setting up migrant reception centres in north Africa. "More and more people are starting to believe that only strong-handed authority, anti-European and anti-liberal in spirit, with a tendency towards overt authoritarianism, is capable of stopping the wave of illegal migration," Tusk said. "If people believe them, that only they can offer an effective solution to the migration crisis, they will also believe anything else they say," Tusk added. "The stakes are very high. And time is short," the European Council president warned. Tusk said the EU collectively reduced illegal border crossings by 96 percent from the peak of more than one million … [Read more...] about EU’s Tusk warns ‘time is short’ to beat populists