Our intrepid Harry Rafal delves into the depths of news to bring you the week’s five (actually six, but who’s counting?) stories that you may have missed.
The events that have unfolded in Norway last week rightfully occupied the headlines at the beginning of the week, supplemented as the week progressed with news of the demise of Amy Winehouse, the sluggish growth of the British economy and the stalemate in the US debt crisis, so here are the five news stories you may have missed if you were fretting over whether Continue reading
The proposed high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham will take at least another decade to complete. China has managed to connect Shanghai and Beijing within 36 months. It is not just rail networks, but entire infrastructures are taking the British ages to complete. Red tape is primarily to blame, writes Christopher Wheeler.
On the 27th of July 2011, 25 years after it was originally proposed and 4 years after initial building work began the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey was finally opened. At the same time, debate in Britain Continue reading
Who has the most dodgy economy in the EU after the PIIGS? Oh, it’s us. Britain. Would the Germans and the French be as willing to bail us out as they are Greece and Portugal? Asks Ventilator Blues.
I do hope that everyone is praying for a disorderly end to the PIIGS bailout saga which comes to another hydra-head 21st July 2011. Us Brits much cheer on further stagnation and fudge or we are doomed and here is why. Continue reading
The weak Greek economy is to be bailed out once again. Instead of allowing the Euro to crumble, the Germans fight to keep the Euro together. There is evidence of strong economies upholding weak: West Germany sustained the East, the West of Turkey sustains the East, London sustains the North. But the strong Euro nations cannot sustain the weak ones because they do not share a culture, identity or language, writes David Vaiani.
So, once again, EU leaders have clubbed together to bail out the Continue reading
Hartz IV is Germany’s divisive welfare programme. It involved the consolidation of unemployment and welfare benefits. Some argued the new singular benefit was too low. However, the programme still encourages people to live off benefits when they are able to work. What with bailing out Greece, can the Germans also sustain its current benefits system, asks Helena Miteyko.
The Hartz concept is a term for the Commission’s proposals “Modern Services in the labour market” which was held in Continue reading