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Great Britain: “a certain joy is emerging”

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sThe fuel crisis in southeast England has been going on for nearly two weeks. “Does anyone know where to get petrol from in west London this morning? Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to work,” a desperate motorist exchanges over local networks.

Meanwhile, pig farmers are demonstrating in front of the Midland Hotel in Manchester, where Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is holding their caucus. With thousands of butchers missing, 120,000 heads face emergency slaughter. Supermarkets are warning that Christmas can’t just be missed during the usual holiday period because supply chains are collapsing due to a shortage of workers.

Are we in crisis, the BBC presenter asked the Prime Minister on Tuesday morning. Johnson’s quick reply was “No.” “Quite the contrary. It is the massive awakening expected for the UK and global economies that is now putting pressure on supply chains.”

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And no, Johnson will not reopen the doors wide for “cheap labor” from Eastern Europe. It will put an end to the “failed model of low wages, poorly trained workers and low productivity” forever.

With the Brexit referendum in 2016 and his election as prime minister in 2019, “the people voted to end this broken model,” Johnson is convinced. Now it was a “very interesting moment” – as he put it – for the British prime minister to finally send Britons out into the post-Brexit world. A world where the term “crisis” has no place. Johnson said what his country is currently going through is really an “adjustment period”.

‘Boris Johnson is still tough’

Criticism of London police and persistent jams at petrol stations in Great Britain cast a shadow over the ruling Conservative Party conference. Great Britain reporter Stephanie Poulsen reports from the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

Big obstacles for immigrants

It’s a high-stakes project that conservatives approach with the usual flexible optimism. After the enlargement of the European Union in 2004, no country in Europe took in as many workers as the United Kingdom, and the entire economic model has adapted accordingly. With Britain’s exit from the European Union, London regained control of its borders and thus of immigration.

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Which is why everyone now has to overcome the big hurdles to want to stay in the country on a permanent basis: a permanent job offer is one of the requirements, or the equivalent of at least 30,000 euros in annual salary, or an expensive visa fee, or meet the conditions strict. Exceptional international talent standards.

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A view of empty shelves and signage in the soft drink aisle of the Sainsbury branch.  The large number of people in quarantine related to Corona poses new challenges for Great Britain.  Many supermarkets are having trouble filling their shelves.  (Illustration also "The British economy calls for the abolition of self-isolation for Corona") +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

On the continent, Johnson’s perilous revolution is closely watched. “There is some joy,” admits EU representatives behind closed doors. After 18 months of pandemic paralysis, the effects of Brexit are becoming visible to the general public for the first time.

The abolition of freedom of movement in the European Union means that unrestricted immigration to the UK labor market is over. Why, for example, there are no drivers for heavy and dangerous transport who deliver to gas stations. Just like the butchers from Eastern Europe who do the hard work in the meat factories.

100,000 truck drivers missing

The presentation dilemma illustrates how difficult it is for Johnson to reconcile theory and practice at the moment. Industry representatives have calculated that the country needs about 100,000 truck drivers to ensure the supply chain. Business representatives called to Downing Street in mid-June and asked the prime minister to release visa quotas in light of the end of the pandemic and the Christmas business.

It was another three months before Johnson moved on, as he publicly demonstrated his reluctance. Because the Conservative Party base as well as its new constituents in the former working areas do not exactly want this immigration, which in their eyes was the cause of lower wages and deteriorating living standards.

Despite this, the government has approved 300 visas for heavy transport drivers in a short time, and an additional 4,700 permits will be granted at the end of October. However, according to research by The Times, only 27 EU applicants have been registered in London as of this week. “People don’t come if the job isn’t really attractive. Why should they forego a well-paid job for a slightly better-paying job that’s limited to a few months?” Quoted by Rod Mackenzie of the Road Transportation Association.

But Downing Street is not shy about confronting its economy. Criticized by the government for too long, local companies used to get workers easily and cheaply from abroad instead of investing in their own people and production techniques.

‘Adaptation difficulties’ – empty supermarket shelves and no gasoline

With few suppliers, there are empty supermarket shelves across the UK and petrol pumps say ‘sorry out of order’. Prime Minister Boris Johnson describes what is happening in his country as “adaptation difficulties”.

Source: WELT / Sandra Saatmann

Johnson’s approach is undoubtedly risky. Inflation is expected to rise to more than four percent in the last quarter of the year, primarily driven by higher energy prices. Multiple extended programs for short-time work are ending these days, and a weekly support allowance of 24 euros is being provided due to the pandemic, which six million very low-income families have received since the start of the Corona crisis.

According to a study by the University of Liverpool, it affects nearly 300,000 children whose families will fall below the official poverty line with this support removed. Do not forget that the conservative government is planning various tax increases to integrate the budget in 2022. The government was forced to finance the equivalent of 475 billion euros due to the Corona pandemic. Empty shelves at Christmas can overshadow the British’ long-suffering in the face of these challenges.

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‘It was a spacecraft’ – China denies hypersonic missile report

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‘It was a spacecraft’ – China denies hypersonic missile report

China, Russia and the United States are preparing for hypersonic missiles

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In August, Beijing was said to have tested a hypersonic nuclear missile. Now China has denied the report: it was just a matter of routine spacecraft tests. Meanwhile, a US lawmaker warned of the outbreak of a new Cold War.

NSHina denied a media report that the People’s Republic of China had tested a hypersonic missile suitable for nuclear weapons. “It was a spacecraft, not a missile,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday. They were routine tests to test technology for reusing the spacecraft. It happened in July.

A representative of the US Congress interpreted the report on China’s test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile as a wake-up call. “This test should be a call to action,” Republican Mike Gallagher said Sunday (local time). “If we stick to our current inactive trajectory, (…) we will lose the new Cold War with communist China within this decade.”

Undermining US missile defense and threatening nuclear strikes

As reported by the Financial Times on Saturday, citing five anonymous sources, Beijing is said to have tested a hypersonic missile capable of producing nuclear weapons in August. It circled the globe once in a low orbit before missing its target by about 15 km. According to the report, the test should show that the Chinese military is already more advanced in its hypersonic weapons program than previously assumed by US intelligence agencies. Hypersonic weapons are particularly difficult to intercept because they can reach more than five times the speed of sound.

According to Gallagher, China is increasingly able to undermine the US missile defense system and even threaten it with nuclear strikes. The Republican represents the US state of Wisconsin in the House of Representatives, and is a member of an important committee on the US armed forces.

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Plain text. Stefan Ost about the situation

Both the United States and Russia are currently working on hypersonic missiles. North Korea also said it tested a hypersonic missile in September. The Chinese Defense Ministry in Beijing initially did not comment on the media report.

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Police union calls for border controls with Poland

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Due to the large number of illegal entries from Poland, unionists from the Federal Police have called for control measures according to a press report. There is a risk of another crash like in 2015.

The head of the Federal Police Union, Heinz Tegert, urges the introduction of temporary border controls in Poland. Tigert justified this in a letter to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) with, among other things, a large number of unauthorized entries at the German-Polish border and health risks to federal police personnel, Bild reported.

“For several months, the number of arrests increased almost explosively,” the newspaper quoted the letter as saying. Only with the introduction of temporary border controls can the federal government prevent a “collapse” at the border as it did in 2015.

Health risks for officials

Tiggert continued: “Our colleagues are also exposed to significant health risks, as the infection with the Covid virus is still very high, especially in the countries of origin of migrants (Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, etc.) that the authorities registered very rarely.” Hygiene regulations, as usual in Germany and Europe, of course will not be adhered to in the “smuggling process”.

Governments in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland accuse Belarus’s governor, Alexander Lukashenko, of moving refugees from crisis regions to the EU’s external borders in an orderly fashion. Lukashenko announced at the end of May that Minsk would not prevent migrants from continuing to travel to the European Union – in response to tough Western sanctions against his country. Since then, reports of attempts to cross the border illegally at the EU’s external border with Belarus and at the German-Polish border have increased.

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Buttigieg responds to criticism: US gay minister defends parental leave

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Gay US minister defends parental leave

In the US, Transportation Secretary Buttigieg caused an uproar because he took parental leave. Hatred comes from the political opponent, and now the Democrat responds and defends his decision – with a small tip against a prominent critic.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the US Democratic star, has defended his paternity leave. Buttigieg told CNN he wouldn’t apologize to anyone for looking after his twins. Chasten, 39, and his husband adopted newborn twins this summer. Buttigieg said he is proud to take parental leave. He is the first gay federal minister in the United States.

Right-wing populist TV presenter Tucker Carlson mocked Buttigieg on his Fox News show last week. He’s trying to figure out how to breastfeed, he scoffed. “As you can imagine, we bottle-feed our kids — any time of the day or night,” Buttigieg said. It is “a joyful, satisfying, wonderful act” and everyone in the United States should have the opportunity to do so after having a child. The United States has no legal regulation of paid parental leave – only a few states have legal entitlements.

Buttigieg had previously reacted to Carlson’s statement and noted that it was strange that criticism had come from a party that always presented itself as a family friend. Buttigieg took parental leave in mid-August. Critics have complained that the US is currently struggling with major delivery bottlenecks – an issue that also falls within Buttigieg’s portfolio. He emphasized that he is always accessible while on parental leave.

Until the end of 2019, Buttigieg was mayor of a city of 100,000 residents in the US state of Indiana. Then Buttigieg caused a sensation as a presidential candidate for the US Democrats. But he quickly fell behind in the primaries and eventually gave up his candidacy. Since then, he has supported the election winner, Joe Biden. Ultimately, President Biden appointed Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation.

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