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The Week

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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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9 min.
the main stories… and how they were covered

What happened The London Bridge attack The issues of national security and criminal justice were thrust to the centre of the election campaign last week after an Islamist extremist, armed with knives, killed two people and injured three others in central London. Usman Khan, 28 – who was convicted in 2012 of terrorism offences, but released last year on licence after serving half his sentence – ran amok at a Cambridge University conference on prisoner rehabilitation. Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, who both worked for a programme linking university students and ex-prisoners, were killed. Khan, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, was eventually wrestled to the ground by members of the public on London Bridge and shot dead by police. The attack swiftly became a political football. Boris Johnson blamed…

2 min.
the week

We all know about Fomo: Fear of Missing Out. But when it comes to the current political mess, it may be Fobo – Fomo’s twin – that is to blame. Also coined by US venture capitalist Patrick McGinnis, Fobo is the Fear of Better Options. It’s mainly used to describe the paralysis that can descend on shoppers. Humans, says McGinnis, are hardwired to wait for the best, but in the modern world, the process of deciding what is the best is complicated by the sheer level of choice on offer. Once, if you needed a new spatula, you’d go to Woolworths and buy either the plastic one or the metal one. Now, presented online with countless perfectly good spatulas, Fobo sufferers become overwhelmed, and end up buying none of them.…

2 min.

Controversy of the week An unhappy birthday? The celebration of Nato’s 70th birthday “should have been a triumphal march”, said The Economist. Founded to counter the Soviet threat, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is arguably “the strongest alliance in history”, as its secretary general Jens Stoltenberg recently declared. It outlasted the Cold War and continues to bind Europe in a military union with the US and Canada, having brought in adozen countries that once were behind the Iron Curtain. Yet it has approached its anniversary year “with all the caution of an army entering hostile territory”. Its leaders met at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, and then at a hotel in Watford for a three-hour summit the following day, amid genuine fears about the alliance’s future. Ever since Donald Trump was elected president in…

1 min.
bad week for

Manly chests, with news that Vladimir Putin has kept his under wraps this year. In previous years, the president’s annual calendar has presented him as abare-chested strongman. But the 2020 calendar focuses on Putin as a sober and suited international statesman, glad-handing world leaders. And Russians seem to like it: the calendar is reported to have already sold out online. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, who was said to be in danger of losing his seat. Last week, apoll in Raab’s Esher and Walton constituency only gave him a five-point lead over the Lib Dems, though he secured a massive 23,298 majority in 2017.…

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hillsborough ruling

David Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent, has been found not guilty of the gross negligence manslaughter of 96 Liverpool fans at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough. The verdict was delivered at Preston Crown Court last week, ending a retrial that began on 7 October; the first trial on the same charge ended in April with the jury unable to reach a verdict. The ruling was met with anger by the families of the victims, who say that as an inquest into the tragedy in 2016 found the victims were “unlawfully killed”, someone had to be responsible. The original 1991 coroner’s verdict of accidental death was quashed in 2012, after years of campaigning.…

4 min.
europe at a glance

Berlin Left-wingers’ shock win: Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have plunged the country into political uncertainty by electing two new leftist leaders, who are opposed to the party’s coalition partnership with Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU. In a surprise result that could lead to the collapse of the government, the left-wing candidates, Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken, narrowly defeated the centrist Olaf Scholz, who is Merkel’s finance minister. The SPD, which has seen its support fall sharply in recent years, will hold a congress later this week to debate its next move. On Wednesday, the new leaders, who are facing a split in their party, appeared to be pulling back from their demand to end the coalition, and have engaged Scholz in talks about the party’s role inthe coalition. They are thought…