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The Temporary — The Queen and her quirky kingdom – EURACTIV.com



By any measure, the UK is a unusual place filled with curious – if not downright peculiar – traditions. This week, that has been showcased in technicolour, as two of its most essential establishments endure profound change.

On Monday, a brand new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, was ‘elected’ by the 160,000 members of the Conservative Get together – representing about 0.2% of the inhabitants.

In most nations, the resignation of a chief minister would imply a right away common election. Within the UK, this technique – together with the Labour Get together’s equal – is how 4 of the final 5 leaders assumed their place. No snap polls right here. Hold calm and keep it up.

Way more seismic an occasion was the loss of life yesterday of Queen Elizabeth II, age 96, who spent 70 years on the throne. 

For these looking for to know higher the unusual and interesting island on the opposite facet of the Channel, the following fortnight within the UK will likely be a crash course. A lot of the nation will come to a near-standstill for a interval of nationwide mourning and to an entire halt when the Queen’s state funeral takes place subsequent weekend.  

Within the meantime, long-planned practice strikes have been cancelled by union leaders, and nearly all sports activities fixtures postponed.  

To an outsider, it’ll look very unusual. For Britons, in the meantime, it’s completely regular and applicable. 

It’s a measure of the Queen’s reputation and the deep affection that she commanded that non-royalists are as moved by her passing because the monarchists who comply with the lives of ‘the agency’ because the tabloids like to explain them.

Apart from the primary six months of Tony Blair’s premiership, no political chief has come near her private reputation. Had the UK launched its personal presidential system and the Queen been a candidate at any time during the last 25 years, she would have gained by a landslide.

For a technology, the marketing campaign for the UK to grow to be a republic has stayed a fringe trigger, commanding the help of round 10% of public opinion. 

Her loss of life leaves an enormous void in British public life. Most of us have grown up with the Queen as a continuing and comforting presence.

To grasp why, you solely have to observe the Queen’s sketches with James Bond and Paddington bear – each charming and quintessentially British – or her broadcasts in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Her successor King Charles III – in itself a phrase that can take a while to get used to – faces a substantial problem. It appears pretty sure, no less than, that his fates will likely be an enchancment on these of the primary King Charles, that of civil warfare and beheading. 

The royal household has confronted a number of reckonings over the previous months and years, and a considerable amount of the general public help for the monarchy was tied to the Queen herself, fairly than the establishment as such.

How the UK public and the home of Windsor resolve to recast their relationship stays to be seen.


The Roundup

Russia’s invasion brought about over $97 billion in direct damages to Ukraine by 1 June, however it may price practically $350 billion to rebuild the nation, a report launched Friday by the World Financial institution, Ukrainian authorities and European Fee reveals.

The pinnacle of the UN human rights mission in Ukraine stated on Friday that Russia will not be permitting entry to prisoners of warfare, including that the UN had proof that some had been topic to torture and ill-treatment which may quantity to warfare crimes.

In different information, the variety of corporations voluntarily closing down in France is rising, fuelled by labour shortages, power prices, and the local weather disaster, a development mirrored throughout your complete EU.

Greek officers put forth nationwide safety causes throughout a European Parliament listening to on Thursday (8 September) to fend off uncomfortable questions on why journalists and opposition politicians had been focused with surveillance know-how.

In the meantime, the Greek wiretapping affair involving the “Predator” spy programme is widening as a leftist opposition lawmaker advised the prosecutor on Friday that his cellphone was additionally compromised.

North Korea has formally enshrined the suitable to make use of preemptive nuclear strikes to guard itself in a brand new regulation that chief Kim Jong Un stated makes its nuclear standing “irreversible” and bars denuclearisation talks, state media reported on Friday.

The most recent interruptions of Russian gasoline flows to Europe have reignited debates on fertiliser import tariffs, however farmers and business stay divided over whether or not tariff suspensions ought to embody all mineral fertilisers.

EU antitrust regulators have broadened the scope of their investigation into Alphabet unit Google’s digital promoting enterprise by taking up the Portuguese competitors watchdog’s probe into the identical subject.

Final however not least, take a look at our Agrifood and Tech briefs and watch our Tweets of the Week.

Look out for…

  • Casual assembly of Financial and Monetary Affairs Ministers in Prague (Friday-Saturday)
  • Power Commissioner Kadri Simson meets with Eire’s Transport Minister Eamon Ryan on Sunday
  • Fee President Ursula von der Leyen meets with Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday.

Views are the writer’s.

[Edited by Alice Taylor/Nathalie Weatherald]



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