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The Week V. 1223

The Week covers the Best of the British and Foreign Media. With its non partisan reporting, The Week gives the reader an insight into all the the news, people, arts, drama, property, books and how the international media has reported it. This concise guide allows the reader to be up to date and have a wealth of knowledge to allow them to discuss all these key topics with their friends and peers.

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the main stories… …and how they were covered

What happened The Halloween extension As expected, EU leaders agreed last week to grant the UK a further delay in the Brexit process. President Macron of France argued at the emergency summit for a short extension of a few weeks, while others, including Chancellor Merkel of Germany, pushed for a delay of a year or so. They settled on a six-month extension until 31 October. The UK could leave earlier if Theresa May succeeds in getting MPs to endorse her Brexit deal or a version of it. Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said his “message to British friends” was “please do not waste this time”. May acknowledged that the Brexit delays had caused “huge frustration” in the UK, and promised to press on with efforts to find a Commons consensus. Talks between…

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the week

It’s a truism that keeping up with the news can be a disheartening business. It could be worse: we’re not in wartime. But we are in the midst of a culture war, with both sides armed and ready to go into battle (the sacking of Roger Scruton being the latest skirmish; see p.23). The polarisation of public debate makes even a quiet news day a wearying prospect. And then something really unexpected, and genuinely shocking, happens. On Monday evening, news broke that Notre-Dame was in flames. At 7.50pm, its spire toppled and, according to one witness, “a huge gasp, a collective cry” came up from the thousands of people watching on the banks of the Seine, many of them in tears (see p.5). Far away in Minnesota, a similar reaction…

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the week

Editor-in-chief: Jeremy O’Grady Editor: Caroline Law Deputy editor: Harry Nicolle Executive editor: Laurence Earle City editor: Jane Lewis Editorial assistant: Asya Likhtman Contributing editors: Daniel Cohen, Charity Crewe, Thomas Hodgkinson, Simon Wilson, Rob McLuhan, Anthony Gardner, William Underhill, Digby Warde-Aldam, Tom Yarwood Editorial staff: Anoushka Petit, Tigger Ridgwell, William Skidelsky, Rosabel Crean Picture editor: Xandie Nutting Art director: Nathalie Fowler Sub-editor: Laurie Tuffrey Production editor: Alanna O’Connell Founder and editorial director: Jolyon Connell Production Manager: Ebony Besagni Senior Production Executive: Maaya Mistry Newstrade Director: David Barker Direct Marketing Director: Abi Spooner Inserts: Jack Reader Classified: Henry Haselock, Rebecca Seetanah, Nicholas Fisher Account Directors: Lauren Shrigley, Jonathan Claxton, Jocelyn Sital-Singh Senior Account Managers: Joe Teal, Hattie White Account Executive: Clement Aro Advertising Manager: Carly Activille Group Advertising Director: Caroline Fenner Executive Director – Head of Advertising: David Weeks Chief Executive, The Week: Kerin O’Connor Group CFO/COO: Brett Reynolds Chief Executive: James Tye Dennis Publishing founder: Felix Dennis…

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Controversy of the week Netanyahu wins again “Make it official: henceforth, the Hebrew word for magician is Bibi,” said The Economist. And last week, 69-year-old Benjamin Netanyahu pulled off his most spectacular trick yet. Despite three corruption cases “hanging over him” – for bribery, fraud and breach of trust – he won a record fifth term as Israel’s prime minister. His right-wing Likud party and its religious and nationalist allies together won a majority of 65 seats in the 120-member Knesset, narrowly beating Benny Gantz’s liberal Blue and White alliance. Netanyahu’s “magic potion” has been a mix of “muscular nationalism with Jewish chauvinism and anti-elitism”, a brew that in the eyes of many has poisoned Israel’s politics ever since he first came to power in 1996. But the copper-bottomed popularity that it…

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ban on no-fault evictions

The Government has proposed changing the law to stop landlords from being able to evict their tenants at will, and to ensure people feel “secure in their homes”. Currently, landlords in England can use a Section 21 or “no-fault” notice to evict tenants, without giving a reason and with as little as eight weeks’ notice, once their fixed-term contract has expired. If Section 21 notices are abolished, landlords will only be able to evict their tenants if they are in rent arrears; if they have caused damage or been anti-social; or if the landlord wants to sell the property, or move into it. Eviction from a private rental is the most common reason for families becoming homeless; many tenants have reported being issued with Section 21 notices after asking their…

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spirit of the age

Nearly 100,000 people in the UK have signed up to learn the fictional language of High Valyrian – as spoken on Game of Thrones – on the app Duolingo. That’s more than speak Scottish Gaelic. The course, which features more than 2,000 words, is voiced by David Peterson, the linguist who created High Valyrian for the hit TV show, though he can’t converse in it himself. “I know the grammar very, very well, but when it comes to speaking stuff off the cuff – no, I really need practice.” Co-op has created a gender-neutral “gingerbread person”, and has asked its customers to suggest a name for it. The only stipulations are that names must not be gender-specific, and must work year-round, so that the biscuit can be given seasonal costumes.…