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
Uruguayan general election 2019
A timeline of France's 'yellow vest' protests No end in 2019 Any hopes for calm in the new year were quickly dashed when on January 5 a fresh round of nationwide protests saw some 50,000 take part, an increase in turnout after the holiday lull but less than initial December gatherings. In Paris, some protesters clashed with police, setting fire to motorcycles and storming government buildings. Macron condemned the violence, saying, "Justice will be done." … [Read more...] about Gilet jaunes: Yellow vests go green, as Europeans demand climate action
Italy's populist government: Key players Conte: Novice at the helm Giuseppe Conte, a little-known law professor with no political experience, was picked by the League and 5-Star Movement (M5S) as their candidate for prime minister. He was forced to temporarily give up his leadership bid after the parties' cabinet selection was initially blocked. However, after the two parties struck a deal with President Sergio Mattarella, Conte was eventually sworn in on June 1. … [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
NHS tells betting firms to stop 'vicious gambling cycle' Child gambling a 'growing problem' - study Why do some people have a problem?Gambling, alongside the use of substances like drugs and alcohol and even activities like shopping, can become an addiction when its use becomes compulsive and spirals out of control. … [Read more...] about Problem gambling: Why do some people become addicted?