In the document, Dominic Raab, Priti Patel, Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng – now in the cabinet as foreign secretary, home secretary, trade secretary and business secretary respectively – cast themselves as libertarian “freedom fighters” battling, as Margaret Thatcher once did, to cast the UK less as a donkey in the mould of Winnie the Pooh’s Eeyore and more in the image of a lithe cheetah. … [Read more...] about Moves by Kwarteng to attack workers’ rights may well run into a red wall
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Paul Sullivan, a photographer and writer, who runs slowtravelberlin.com, moved from London to Berlin more than six years ago – and says the impact on his lifestyle has been profound. “London gradually started to feel like an overpriced city full of overworked people – I realised I was on a treadmill. Living in Berlin has enabled me to build a lifestyle that’s much closer to my ideal than I could have ever had in the UK.” … [Read more...] about The housing trap: how can Berlin avoid following in London’s pricey footsteps?
May 18: The World Health Organization backs a partial investigation into the pandemic, but China says it is a 'joke' for Australia to claim credit. The same day, China imposes an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley. Australia says it may challenge this at the WTO. … [Read more...] about China threatens Australia with a ‘counterstrike’ after government condemned Beijing’s assault on democracy in Hong Kong
“Unfortunately, in my judgment, the Trump has helped them advance their interests,” Blinken said. “China sees alliances as a core source of strength for the United States, something they don’t share or enjoy. Unfortunately, the way President Trump has pursued his policies, that’s weakened, not strengthened our cour alliances in the region.” … [Read more...] about Biden Expected To Be Tougher On China Than Previous Democratic Administrations
By Akhilesh MagalIndia has recently announced to achieve more than 450 Gigawatt (GW) of renewables by 2030. In contrast, the current installed power capacity in the country currently stands at 370 GW, which includes about 88 GW of renewables. This implies that the 2030 target would necessitate a compound annual growth rate of over 17 per cent. This may be a tough task, especially in light of the fact that the country is likely to miss its target of 175 GW of renewables by 2022.However, it is preceded by the technical challenge of integrating such a vast amount of renewable energy into the grid. This is especially true given the fact that the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has suggested that India does not need any further thermal power plants, so incremental capacity must come from renewables. The states of Gujarat and Chhattisgarh have announced that they will not be adding any coal power plants in the near future, in part because most of their thermal assets are currently … [Read more...] about A framework for a comprehensive energy storage policy in India