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The Week

The Week V. 1248

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 Mission impossible? The European Union accused the British Government of playing a “stupid blame game” over Brexit this week, after a Downing Street source claimed that German demands had made a Brexit deal “essentially impossible, not just now but ever”. It followed the row between Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel in which – according to the Downing Street source – the German chancellor said a deal based on the proposals put forward by the Prime Minister last week was “overwhelmingly unlikely”. The only way to break the deadlock, Merkel apparently said, was for the UK to agree that Northern Ireland should stay in the EU customs union, and remain permanently aligned with EU single market rules. The apparent breakdown in talks all but killed off any remaining hopes of a breakthrough…

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Controversy of the week The green uprising The Prime Minister dismissed them as “uncooperative crusties” blocking the streets of the capital with their “hemp-smelling bivouacs”. But the Extinction Rebellion protesters that I met this week were farmers, doctors, scientists and civil servants, said Polly Toynbee in The Guardian; there wasn’t a “dreadlocked treehugger” in sight. They set up camp on sites across Westminster on Monday; and though nearly 600 people were arrested in two days, the police were soon overwhelmed, as they were in April. Extinction Rebellion is winning; it is at the vanguard of a major “culture change” in the UK. “Weekly, the news tells of sea ice and glaciers melting, species vanishing, the emergency evident.” And these protests – along with Greta Thunberg’s school strikes – are changing the way…

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spirit of the age

Driverless cars hit the streets of London last week in a trial by the autonomous vehicle maker Oxbotica. Passengers were given rides in self-driving cars with a supervisor behind the wheel, ready to take control if necessary. Oxbotica is working with Addison Lee to get driverless cabs on the road by June, but says unsupervised cars are still years away. In what is thought to be the first case of its kind, a British energy executive was recently tricked into paying some £200,000 to scammers who had used “deep fake” technology to mimic his boss’s voice. The executive received a call from a man who sounded just like his company’s German CEO, telling him to make an urgent payment into a bank account in Hungary.…

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good week for:

Goldsmith Street, a newly-built residential terrace in Norwich, which became the first council housing to be awarded the Riba Stirling Prize for architecture. A “modest masterpiece” was how the judges described the 105-home street, which was one of the first new council housing projects to be built in a generation. Manchester, which finally has a Michelin star, after a gap of 40 years. The accolade was awarded to former Noma chef Simon Martin, whose restaurant, Mana, opened in Ancoats last October. Stella Creasy, who is to become the first MP to be given a locum to cover her maternity leave. The locum MP will represent her constituency, in north east London, for seven months. He or she will address constituency issues, and meet and correspond with ministers, but will not speak in…

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women’s pensions ruling

A group of women affected by the rise in the women’s pension age from 60 to 66 have lost their case against the Government. The women who brought the judicial review do not dispute that the women’s pension age should be brought in line with men’s. However, they argued in the High Court that the reform was discriminatory even so, because women born in the 1950s – who have already suffered major “inequalities in the workplace” – weren’t informed about the change until shortly before they turned 60, when they had expected to be able to retire. As a result, they had insufficient time to change their plans – and suffered “significant detriments” (see page 53).…

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europe at a glance

Paris IVF protests: A new law which will allow lesbian couples and single women access to IVF and other fertility treatments, on the same basis as heterosexual couples, has triggered protests in Paris. The law, which is President Macron’s first major social reform, was passed by the lower house of parliament two weeks ago and is expected to come into effect early next year. At least 40,000 people took part in the demonstrations, which were an echo of those against same-sex marriage in 2013 – but on a rather smaller scale. Currently, gay and single women in France are barred from having fertility treatments, even privately. Many travel to other countries for them, including Britain. Paris Police HQ attack: A police administrator who murdered four of his colleagues at the headquarters of the…