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UK supermarkets’ move threatens to bring Fairtrade crashing down

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on UK supermarkets’ move threatens to bring Fairtrade crashing down
When four Sainsbury’s executives met farmers from some of Africa’s biggest tea-growing co-operatives in a hotel in Nairobi last month it should have been a mutual celebration of Fairtrade, the gold standard of ethical trading and the world’s most trusted and best-known food certification scheme. But instead of backslapping at the Pride hotel, the world’s Read More

The Neil Jordan series that isn’t: film-maker disowns Riviera

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on The Neil Jordan series that isn’t: film-maker disowns Riviera
It doesn’t look like a Neil Jordan series or feel like a Neil Jordan series. And it hasn’t been praised in the way one might expect of a Neil Jordan series. That’s because, according to the director himself, it isn’t. Riviera, a big-budget drama series that stars Julia Stiles and has set viewing records for Read More

Is an old fool so much worse than a young one? Let’s ask Vince Cable

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on Is an old fool so much worse than a young one? Let’s ask Vince Cable
After Vince Cable announced his Lib Dem candidacy, mathematicians were quick, as they generally are not when younger people put themselves forward, to calculate what this would, in the event of his victory, make the average age of our three party leaders: 67. The trios combined age widely considered another telling figure when more than Read More

‘Days of rage’ are indulgent and useless if Britain’s vulnerable remain voiceless

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on ‘Days of rage’ are indulgent and useless if Britain’s vulnerable remain voiceless
In the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster we need resistance, not rage. Please dont misunderstand me Im not saying dont be angry. Watching the videos of people stuck in the tower as it burned, seeing the posters with pictures of lost children, knowing that this tragedy happened in the middle of one of the wealthiest Read More

The Observer view on forging a Brexit consensus

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on The Observer view on forging a Brexit consensus
Britain has had many governments, of many complexions. There have been one-party governments, coalition governments, minority governments and governments of national unity. In 1806, following the death of William Pitt the Younger, there was even a “ministry of all the talents”, intended to hold the country together. It did not last long and failed to Read More

Brits’ bogus food poisoning claims leave hoteliers saying: ‘¡Basta!’

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on Brits’ bogus food poisoning claims leave hoteliers saying: ‘¡Basta!’
For two decades, Miguel has run one of the biggest hotels in Mallorca for holidaymakers on all-inclusive packages. But never has he been so angry anddisappointed with his British guests. During a typical year, Miguel welcomes 9,000 British visitors, and many more from Germany and theNetherlands. Two years ago the hotel, popular in Thomson and Read More

Difficulty of NHS language test ‘worsens nurse crisis’, say recruiters

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on Difficulty of NHS language test ‘worsens nurse crisis’, say recruiters
Language tests introduced by the government to restrict immigration are stopping the NHS from recruiting foreign nurses – including highly qualified native English speakers. Growing nursing shortages mean that the NHS has major gaps in its workforce, but this is being added to by Australians and other English-speaking nurses being turned down because they cannot Read More

Glastonbury: Katy Perry and Craig David win over crowds with hits and self-deprecation

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on Glastonbury: Katy Perry and Craig David win over crowds with hits and self-deprecation
If there’s a ubiquitous Glastonbury soundtrack this year, then it’s a lusty chant of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” to the tune of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. The crowd for a speech by the man himself on Saturday afternoon may be the biggest in the festival’s history – quite an achievement for a 68-year-old man Read More

Sleepless, anxious, depressed: EU citizens in the shadow of Brexit

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Theresa May did at least get to stay for the dinner of vegetable tart, monkfish and macerated cherries before leaving the room as the other leaders digested her proposals for the future of EU citizens in Britain over coffee and mints. The prime minister is proposing that around 3 million EU nationals in the UK Read More

Schools teach chess to help ‘difficult’ pupils concentrate

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on Schools teach chess to help ‘difficult’ pupils concentrate
The year 3 pupils at Park End Primary School in Middlesbrough are a bit of a rowdy bunch. Headteacher Julia Rodwell describes them as a complex and difficult group. Put them in front of a chess set though, and silence descends. The first time I saw them playing chess, I was absolutely gobsmacked. Their concentration Read More