The British government will soon publish a white paper detailing the objectives of the United Kingdom on the future relationship it wants with the European Union (EU), informed today the minister and negotiator of the “Brexit”, David Davis.
This white paper will explain in a “detailed, ambitious and precise” manner its position in the face of the UK’s link with the EU once it leaves the European bloc in 2019, the minister added.
Davis, in a statement to the media, called the document the “most significant” on the EU since the June 2016 referendum, in which the British voted in favor of the “Brexit.”
According to the British negotiator, this text will explain “what would change” after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and will cover issues in customs, divergence on regulation and financial services, as well as the future security relationship with the 27.
The text can be released before the European summit to be held in Brussels between June 28 and 29, according to the media.
The preparation of this document is known after the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, yesterday held a meeting with prominent members of her government to evaluate the different customs options in order to solve the problem that the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, since the objective is to remain invisible.
May has divided the ministers of his Government into two groups so that each one evaluates the possible customs relationship with the EU.
In one are the ministers who prefer a model of “customs association”, by which the United Kingdom would collect tariffs on behalf of the EU on the goods arrived at their ports but destined to the 27, thus avoiding new checkpoints at the border British-European
In the other, there are those who prefer “maximum facilitation”, which would make it possible to resort to the latest technology to minimize the need for physical border controls after “Brexit”.
According to the media, May has established these two groups before the impossibility for everyone to agree on the customs relationship that the United Kingdom wants to raise with Brussels in the negotiations on the “Brexit”.
Elsa Punset, the writer who found in philosophy the keys to happiness: “Negative emotions make us less intelligent” The graduate in Philosophy and Letters and writer of bestsellers was established as a reference author in the area of emotional and social intelligence in the Spanish-speaking world. Through the analysis of the legacies of the most notable ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers, the guru of happiness selected the best tools to achieve the long-awaited welfare state
Born in the city of London, but raised in Haiti, the United States and Madrid, perhaps the somewhat nomadic life of Elsa Punset has given her a character that allows her to put distance to the context, and to de-dramatize life.
Today she is considered a guru of happiness, a title that emerges from her restless career and career, and whose keys she found after a thorough search for the thoughts of ancient and contemporary philosophers from around the world.
She is the daughter of the famous Spanish writer, economist and scientific disseminator Eduard Punset. He studied Philosophy and Letters at the University of Oxford and has a master’s degree in Humanities, Journalism and Secondary Education. He also directs the Laboratory of Social and Emotional Learning, from which he promotes workshops and projects related to emotional intelligence for adults and children.
The books of his authorship include Radical Innocence, Compass for Emotional Navigators and A Backpack for the Universe. The latter became a best seller with more than 150,000 copies and 14 editions in Japan, Mexico, Italy, Turkey and Greece among others.
His areas of interest are focused on the application of emotional intelligence, decision making and learning processes in adults and children. Since 2015, he began the publication of a collection of illustrated stories, aimed at a child audience that helps children understand and control their emotions through their adventures.
A legacy of ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers
Through a legacy of ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers, poets and scientists, the writer brings in her tools with high doses of pragmatism, routines, gestures, intuitions, and clues to approach the ideal of happiness day by day.
“Philosophers understood philosophy as a way of life and wanted to find tools so that people could practice daily self – help, not only for themselves but also to relate to and get along with others” in his book Felices.
From the wisdom of the Stoics rescues the ability to remain calm and be reasonably happy in difficult situations and explains that a good part of human suffering is due to trying to exert control over the elements that can not be controlled such as work, economy and the future.
“Happiness is not a biological luxury, nor an egoism, nor a whim as has been thought, but it has a direct impact not only on emotional well-being and mental health but on physical health, memory, longevity, creativity, and the intellectual quotient, ” explained the writer in a dialogue.
A generation of multiple challenges
For Punset, the human being is presented with multiple opportunities today, but the speed in which he lives is a double-edged sword: although it allows access to information as never before, the lives of human beings are more unstable than ever. The human being finds himself in a daily war between opening himself to the world of information and not doing it to protect himself from the invasion of information.
“The work, the couple, the place where we live, all of this is inconstant and the human brain hates uncertainty, which is why it is a very exciting moment to live, but one that causes a lot of stress,” Punset said.
According to the happiness guru, it has been observed for decades that the speed with which increases the welfare or the ability to be happy, is not equivalent to the speed with which the material facilities offered by consumerism do.
In turn, if we talk about social networks, a medium of great impact in a society that has managed to transform the forms of communication, this phenomenon in which the human being is immersed has its positive and negative side. “You never get away from anything, everything is so close that it costs a lot to take distance and not be overwhelmed, ” he said.
Emotions are contagious like a virus
For the expert, social networks break the capacity of physical connection with the other. “Anonymity and remoteness allow people to attack and not feel affected by the other’s reaction, we are endowed with empathy and feel emotions physically, unless we are psychopaths,” he said.
Most people believe that changing jobs, country or environment will flee from toxic or negative people. The problem for Punset is that wherever they go they will be reunited because this is how humanity works, which is a great emotional ecosystem and there is “everything everywhere”.
“It is smarter to learn to manage those who harm you, to set limits, to learn to say no, not to carry the problems of others, to flee,” he said.
In his book, he proposes a small protocol to face the anger of the other, learn to manage and express the negative emotions of which we are inevitably surrounded.
The emotional kidnapping of anger
The anger is, after the fear, one of the main emotions of a brain programmed to survive. Although it has a very bad reputation, it is neither negative nor positive. Like the rest of the emotions, it is useful or harmful when defending something important; it is “the germ of social justice”. “Anger causes a very strong emotional reaction in the human brain to want to attack or flee, negative emotions make us less intelligent and less creative,” he explained.
Humans are a kind of chemical and electric volcano, which needs to express emotions and not repress them. “If they want to give themselves the luxury of living emotions one hundred percent have the responsibility to learn to manage them,” he said.
A brain programmed to survive: Teflon for the positive, velcro for the negative
The human brain is programmed to seek pleasure for survival, not pleasure itself, and, above all, enjoy food and sex.
Learning to give up something temporarily, although it is not necessary to do so, is the key to prove that you do not need it as much as you think and to fight against the habituation process of the human brain, that you get used to pleasant things and in the end you stop enjoying them as at first.
The Stoics were in favor of being unaccustomed to small pleasures and then returning to focus on the positive and enjoy it more: living in the present, not living in the crazy brain that is always in the past and in the future.
” Children, ” he explained, “have a brain that is much more prepared to enjoy the present because it is not physiologically developed, they smile an average of hundreds of times a day and adults average between 17 and 20 times a day.”
Small revolutions in the world in search of happiness
In Australia, the aboriginal walkabout tradition is about a journey of discovery. When adolescence arrives, the Australian aborigines must go through a hard and essential rite of passage that requires them to live alone in the desert for about six months. Lonely time allows them to find themselves.
In the United States, celebrating Thanksgiving every fourth Thursday in November is a tradition that goes back to the year 1620. Cultivating a grateful attitude towards life has multiple benefits: greater happiness, greater self-esteem, and better social relationships. Celebrating and training the capacity for gratitude expresses appreciation for what one has, rather than emphasizing what one does not.
In Thailand, the Loy Krathong festival teaches to let go of negative emotions, through a ritual where thousands of paper liners rise to the sky symbolizing an invitation to let go of worries, renunciation and overcoming all resentments, bad humor and weak points of each, in order to start a new life without them.
“When I speak of happiness, I do not say that life is easy, among the enormous losses that the human being faces, the first is the fear of his own life that ends.” We lose loved ones, opportunities, and jobs and what more it helps us to overcome it is the affection of others and even then we cannot avoid long duels and wounds, “warned Punset.
Very often the human being faces great losses and nevertheless what really causes him unhappiness in a sustained way is his way of managing the small negative emotions. “The great misfortunes cannot be avoided, they are uncontrollable and once they arrive we have a very powerful psychological immune system to face them”, he concluded.
This principle is based on a state where it is propitiated that the thoughts move without restrictions “from one branch to another”, like the apes. Three guidelines to get out of rules and stereotypes and achieve innovative ideas
Allowing the mind to play with new ideas greatly favors finding new results to old problems (Getty) Did anyone ever see a monkey sitting quietly and quietly? Impossible! The monkeys are always eating something, doing something, balancing.
Like his ancestor in the evolution of species, man, when he has nothing to do, chews gum, smokes, moves his legs restlessly, eats. It could be said that these are meaningless occupations, “monkey occupations”. Something must be done continuously to keep busy.
The principle of the creative mind is based on a mental state where we allow thoughts to move without restrictions from one branch to another
“The ‘monkey mind’ describes the habitual mental movement that all people have, some more than others, jumping from branch to branch, from subject to topic, from tree to tree, distracting us or simply wandering between one idea and another, a Thinking or visualizing Our mind works like this, we naturally zap mentally, as we jump from one news story to another or from one profile to another on Facebook, from one photo to another on Instagram. This state of mental wandering has, like all things, their good side and their bad side. ” Thus the subject of the meditation instructor and astrologer Monika Correia Nobre presented.
For her, “the principle of the creative mind is based on a mental state where we allow thoughts to move without restrictions from one branch to another”. ” Within this practice we can follow the direction of our monkey mind that is handled instinctively, observing with curiosity the spaces that travel the thoughts without questioning where they go and trusting that the trip will help us solve or decipher some issues that, if we analyze them linearly, we could not solve “, he went on.
“Therefore, allowing your mind to play with new ideas or explore fantasies greatly favors finding new results to old problems, as we let go of the rules and stereotypes and begin to move away from them,” said the founder and director of Astro for. , diversity in external stimuli allows us to have new thoughts and thus we can make unusual associations of ideas, things or images, for that reason it is very helpful to see new things, listen to music from other places and know different places and cultures “.
Dispersion, the negative side of the monkey mind
“Staying with only that part of our mental abilities distracts us from the objectives, jumping from branch to branch does not allow us to anchor and materialize our ideas in reality.” Concentration and clarity arise from another mental state called “ox-brain” or the ‘arreo del buey’ in the Buddhist metaphor “, explained Correia Nobre.
Concentration and clarity arise from another mental state called ‘ox-head’ or the ‘ox harness’ in the Buddhist metaphor
And after ensuring that “the ox harness is a synthesis of meditative practice, where you move from jumping from one thought to another as a way to remain active to gather all the energy of the mind in one direction bringing clarity and depth”, The expert exemplified: “Steve Jobs was a practicing meditator, he told his biographer: ‘If you sit and watch yourself, you will see how disturbed your mind is. If you try to calm her, the situation will only get worse. after some time you will achieve it, and you will become aware of more subtle things, your thoughts will slow down, your consciousness will expand and you will see far beyond what you saw before. “He was describing no more and no less than the passage of the mind. from monkey to ox harness “.
How to develop the creative mind: monkey mind
To use the mind of the monkey in favor is to jump intentionally from branch to branch since that will allow us to feed on what surrounds us.
Some ideas may be:
View images and stories from remote places and times, listen to music from different cultures or meet people or inspiring places opens the field of perception and allows to include new spheres of knowledge.
Also, read new things every day, learn words, meanings and listen to them while pronouncing them.
Allow time for creative mental wandering, allowing the mind to travel freely while the relaxed body rests.
How to develop the peaceful mind: ox mind
“Expanding our mental capacity depends on the practice of meditation,” said Correia Nobre, and gave a series of indications to achieve it.
As spaces of silence appear in your interior, those places will generate perceptions of a world that already existed, but that the mental noise did not allow observing
Give yourself a small space of daily time free from external pressures.
Sit and relax breathing, observing what happens inside the mind.
Recognize the incessant movement of thoughts as nature of the mind, without trying to stop them but simply observing their circulation. This is the first step to achieve the “harness of the ox” or to understand it better, is the first step to achieve a harmonious mental state where our thoughts are directed where we want and not where they want.
Progressively, the speed between the emergence of one thought and the next is going to slow down.
As spaces of silence appear in your interior, those places will generate incredible perceptions of a world that existed previously, but that the mental noise itself did not allow to observe.
“Focused, light, with clarity and perspective, open to the world, happy and self-conscious, this is the mind that we can enjoy if we use all the benefits of our dual mental capacity”, concluded the expert.
If you are going to attend the wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle, do not be like Ed Sheeran or David Beckham. Do not use your left hand to greet royalty as the singer did on a visit to Prince Charles, or wear an American suit, as the ex-footballer did at William’s wedding.
These are some of the keys that William Hanson, the expert in protocol and label specialized in the British royal house, contributed today in a meeting with the media in London.
“The British have a protocol, a formula that they follow strictly, Meghan, on the other hand, has his own style, so he may break it in some way,” said Hanson, who also collaborates with the British tabloid “Daily Mail.”.
For example, Hanson noted that bowing to the royal family should be done by bending down slightly and tapping the left knee slightly.
They can also be done by tilting their heads in a sign of respect, which would be more appropriate than lowering the whole body.
These rules are also respected within the royal family and, for example, Beatrice, Duchess of York, will have to bow to Meghan and Enrique, while the couple must make in turn to William, Duke of Cambridge, and his son George.
However, despite these strict rules, the duo has left the rest of the British tradition with gestures such as go hand in hand, which they define as a “personal preference”.
“There is no specific rule about this, Enrique and Markle shake hands in public, but Guillermo and Catalina do not, it depends on the couple,” he added.
One of the biggest doubts about the wedding is the title that Enrique and his fiancee will receive from Queen Isabel II.
The most probable thing is that the queen gives them to choose them among several options and from there they both decide, although the last word will be the monarch.
“Personally, I think they will name him Duke,” the expert added before explaining that, once the third son of Guillermo and Catalina is born, Enrique will become the sixth in the line of succession.
Regarding Markle, Hanson maintained that his divorce in the past will not be a serious problem and that it would be more if Henry were Guillermo instead of Enrique.
“Times have changed and they are changing, Meghan will not be very worried, she is strong and she has character, they will accept her,” she added.
As for the details of the wedding, the banquet will be organized around round tables and not a large rectangular table as the British royal family used to on past occasions.
In addition, a test dinner will be held the day before, in which Hanson said that “too many American customs” will not be carried out.
The wedding guests, who number more than 2,000, will receive a protocol guide with the clothing allowed for the occasion.
Thus, it is recommended not to wear clothes of American designers, as was the case of David Beckham at William’s wedding in 2011, when he wore a Ralph Lauren suit, badly decorated with a medal on the right lapel, instead of the left.
Among the keys are that tiaras can only be worn by married women, that gloves will be allowed if they are combined with short sleeves and that men’s shoes should be tied and be of leather.
“In the case of journalists and photographers wearing the suit, it will be fine,” the most famous protocol expert in the UK recounted with laughter.
The youngest son of Prince Charles and the deceased Diana de Gales, 33, will marry in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, just outside London, on May 19.
Meteorologists do not get rid of the recurring theme of time when they go in the elevator or are among friends, but they flee from the technical and try to liven up the moment with anecdotes, jokes or jokes of the profession.
Ángel Rivera worked for 38 years at the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), the last seven as spokesman, when he discovered that the meteorologists’ effort to communicate time has contributed to “putting it in fashion”.
What do meteorologists talk about?
“No matter how city we are, we have the need of contact with nature and the weather information brings us closer to it,” said this expert, co-author with meteorologist Beatriz Hervella of the book “The timeshare: dialogues of meteorologists” , in which they reveal some of the unknown aspects of this popular discipline.
Both talk over 240 pages about their passion for predicting the time and the frustration of not being able to change it when it is adverse, of the need to communicate correctly or of the other uses of predictions since the irruption of the internet, massive access to the sources of information or social networks.
“Meteorologists also talk about time in the elevator and in our daily lives, but not predictions, I would tell you some curiosity, like the size of your nose, can indicate if your ancestors went cold,” he said in an interview with Efe Beatriz Hervella, graduated in particle physics.
The growing interest in time
For this expert, founder of MeteoGalicia and for a decade presenting weather information on Galician television, citizens hardly make mistakes when talking about time; “You are very well informed, glad to hear”.
“Since the arrival of the Internet it is easier to be self-taught, it opened an incredible field that with social networks finished exploding, and now we all speak, one on one, academic or not, and whoever does not want to do it will miss the train,” insured.
For Angel Rivera, first president of the Association of Meteorology Communicators (ACOMET), there is a growing interest of the viewer for weather information because “it is realizing what is happening with the weather.”
But the quality of the predictions has also influenced, the presentations are more attractive and the participation of the public with photos or videos is increasing; “The conditions for perfect communication are given”, he underlined.
Rivera has regretted however that some media broadcast alarming messages for winning a headline; “You have to know what you’re talking about when you cite hurricanes, tornadoes or explosive cyclogenesis and prevent false information from creating unnecessary problems.”
In this sense, he has defended the need for weather information to be disclosed by a meteorologist with skills as a communicator, although there may also be journalists very well trained in meteorology; “The important thing is to know how to speak and know what you are talking about”.
For Beatriz Hervella, the advantage that this work is performed by a meteorologist is that “it is not subordinated to anyone, it produces its own meteorological information and is a prescriber in its field, while a journalist is subject to the information sent to him”.
The evolution of the prediction
This, his fourth book, “has two originalities, its structure in the form of dialogue and the fact that it addresses meteorology from the perspective of two generations that in turn come from very different institutions.”
“I contribute the veteran vision – she has explained – but the freshness and creativity of Beatriz is infinite, she applies the prediction to anything, contemplates many ways of communicating, although we were surprised that we were more in agreement than we thought”.
For Beatriz, Ángel “is like when you arrive at the grandparents’ house in the summer, you go up to the attic and discover a new closet full of secret things, you open a drawer and there is another compartment, a story that connects with another.”
And he has recognized that in meteorology “there were many things to change, the language was too stiff, even military, and now it is more simplistic, more every day, the new generations have broken with the encorsetamiento and we have approached the real needs of the people”.
Challenges for the future
Although “much remains to be done”, both authors have agreed, and Angel Rivera is missing some mobile application that unifies the message of all services associated with meteorologies, such as the Aemet, the DGT or Civil Protection.
“We must coordinate to give a unique and forceful message because people are not so interested in what is going to rain, but if that rain is going to complicate your routine and what you have to do to avoid major problems,” he said.
And he has called for a “law of meteorology that distributes game”, because, although the Aemet has a coordinated service of delegations, “we do not get as close to autonomy as an autonomous service does”.
A meteorological museum
For Angel Rivera, it would be very good if Spain had a meteorological museum, “beyond the traveling exhibitions that the Aemet does”, where the evolution from the most ancestral methods of prediction to modern technology can be seen.
Some of those ancient methods, often based on astronomical prediction models, still survive; “The astrometeorologists have been successful many times and deserve all respect, anyone who works with seriousness and honesty deserves it, another thing is that you do not agree or do not know the technique and you can doubt.”
“I believe that his successes have not been coincidence, because in nature everything is connected”, he explained; “We are subjected to cosmic radiations that come from different points and influence the changes of time; You have to be humble, life is all probability and the relationships between some things and others are there and you have to respect them, “he said.
Rivera has mentioned the installations of the Aemet in the Parque del Retiro as a possible location for that meteorological museum; “There the first Spanish meteorological service worked and it would be very visited, given the interest that man has always had for knowing the atmosphere”.
A “glam” volcano named Harry Styles has melted thousands of teenagers in Madrid. The most successful of the former members of One Direction have enjoyed today a concert in which he has presented his solo album before thousands of fans who succumb to the charisma and personal style of which he shows. After offering last Friday in Barcelona the first of the two concerts he had planned in Spain as part of the Live On Tour, Styles confirmed tonight that his music also raises passions on Madrid’s soil: the public -mostly adolescents- He has received as if the end of the world were near. They have done it after more than half an hour of delay because the LED screens that announced the beginning of the concert have gone off abruptly twice, before the artist could appear on stage, wearing a black pinstripe suit.
The Briton, who was the first of the five guys from One Direction to do a world tour, has come to the Wink Center with all the sold-out tickets to present his solo album, with which he soon savored success, since in the first week of his US debut (May 2017) reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200 list. With “Only angel”, one of the loveliest songs of that album, the singer has begun his performance under the same semicircular LED screens that, after the mishap, have worked correctly. “You have a task today: to spend the best moment of your life”, warned Styles, who has been funny and very affectionate with his audience from start to finish. So much so, that he has repeated several times “I love you with all my heart”.
Thus, grateful and enthusiastic, the Briton has shared other songs from his new stage as a soloist, among which are “Woman”, “Ever since New York” or “Two Ghosts”, without forgetting his past in One Direction. The first song of his old band in sonar, “Stockholm Syndrome”, has put to jump to an exultant crowd that has clothed the musician in that and in the rest of songs. It has also left room for some versions that in his voice seem recently released, such as Just a Little bit of your heart “, by the American singer Ariana Grande, or” The Chain “, by the London band Fleetwood Mac.
One of the most unexpected moments was when the singer decided to cross the track to sing “Sweet creature” and “If I could fly” in the middle of the venue and with a Spanish flag covering the microphone. Then, with the melted adolescent hearts, Styles only needed to air the anthem of the night, a One Direction musical bomb that in 2011 played on all the radio stations: “What makes you beautiful”. During that theme, Styles, a well-known defender of LGBT rights, has waved two flags with the colors of the rainbow.
At all times his strong charisma, his personal style -recently he has been appointed an ambassador of the firm Gucci- and a genuine sympathy have been present on the stage of the old Palace of Sports, where the young man has given innumerable smiles. At the end of the concert, few could doubt that the singer’s commitment to pop music with a “glam rock” that remind David Bowie is, at least, successful. That is the line that follows what is considered the best song of 2017 by Rolling Stone magazine, “Sing of the times”, which has sounded at the end of the evening with thousands of illuminated screens in the stands and the track.
For the brio of applause is not surprising that all the encores could seem scarce to the public and that two years after the farewell to the famous “boy band” there is a member who carries the name of One Direction flag. The last theme of the night, “Kiwi”, has once again shown the complicity that exists between the fans and the artist. The first ones have lived today one of the “moments of their life” and the second one can boast of a clear magnetism.
European Council President Donald Tusk said on Monday he hopes that some European Union (EU) countries will take additional action against Russia in response to the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Salisbury, United Kingdom. of which the British Government accuses Moscow.
“I hope that a number of member states will take additional measures towards Russia on Monday, which means that it is not the end of the road,” Tusk told a news conference after the summit of leaders of the European Union held on Thursday and Friday. Brussels.
The EU yesterday expressed its support for the United Kingdom, noting that it is “highly probable” that Russia is responsible for the attack and that “there is no other plausible explanation” for it while deciding to call for consultations to its ambassador in Moscow.
Asked about the number of countries that could decide national response measures against Russia, Tusk said he expects them to be “more than one, but not the whole group.”
As for possible additional actions by the European Union as a whole, the president of the European Council noted that “it is too early to say what the next possible step will be” and said that they should “wait for the results of the investigations” on the attack.
In this regard, he considered that the subject could be discussed again in April.
Both Tusk and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who appeared together, defended that the response adopted by the EU on Thursday “is unprecedented” and underscored the unity of the countries in their support for the United Kingdom.
The head of the Council stated that “it is very difficult to prepare and adapt the reaction to this type of behavior”, referring to the fact that a nerve agent was used in the attack.
“We have never had an opportunity to respond adequately because we are completely different from the perpetrators of this attack,” he said.
Tusk acknowledged that the Member States have different positions and “interests” when it comes to responding to Russia for its traditions or geographical situation, so “it is not easy to keep the Twenty-eight together.”
“In this context, I appreciate the goodwill, determination and good political instincts of all my colleagues yesterday, I think it was the best reaction we were able to decide,” insisted the Polish politician.
For his part, Juncker said that, while countries are responding to Russia for this action, they are also willing to develop “better relations” with Moscow and have a “channel” open to discuss with that country.
Ireland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Denmark have all indicated that they are considering adopting additional measures against Moscow.
For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned today after the summit that there will be more “coordinated and proportionate” measures after the poisoning against an ex-spy in the United Kingdom and that they will be announced, “in the following days”.
Latvia, for its part, has reported that it plans to expel at least one Russian diplomat, while Greece and Italy are the most reluctant countries to take supplementary measures against Russia.
The next Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government will be under the sign of continuity, repeating in its fourth term the formula of the grand coalition, although the headlines of the most important ministries change and include new faces.
In front of Foreign Affairs will be until now the head of Justice, Heiko Maas, social democrat and little known in the international sphere, while the position of Finance, with the rank of vice chancellor, will be occupied by his fellow Olaf Scholz.
They are the most prominent of the list of six ministers presented today in public by the Social Democratic Party (SPD), after the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Merkel and its twinned Union Social Christian (CSU) Bavarian designated their own in days before.
Scholz, acting president of the SPD, and the head of his parliamentary group and predictably the next leader of the party, Andrea Nahles, made those names official a few days after the investiture session of the foreign minister, next Wednesday, March 14.
Scholz, until now prime minister of Hamburg, represents the most centrist line of the SPD; He was the Labor Minister in Merkel’s first term and the fact that now occupies Finance, a ministry that usually corresponds to the conservative bloc, was a concession to the Social Democrats in the harsh negotiation of the Government pact.
The designation of Maas for Foreign Affairs was taken for granted for weeks, but until yesterday his name did not jump to the media as the new head of German diplomacy.
The assignment of Foreign Affairs had resulted in a hard internal pulse, since both the outgoing minister, Sigmar Gabriel, and the former president and candidate of the SPD to the Foreign Ministry, Martin Schulz, had aspired to occupy the post in the next government.
Gabriel, who in the previous legislature was Minister of Economy and the Foreign Affairs, as well as Vice Chancellor, announced yesterday that he will not be part of the new Executive nor will he have relevant posts in the SPD, the party he presided over from 2009 to 2017.
Schulz, for his part, resigned to continue presiding over the party and to be the foreign minister a few days after reaching a coalition pact, amid strong internal tensions.
The struggle for Foreign Affairs has thus ended in favor of a third party, Maas, a politician who, as head of Justice, has stood out for the hardening of the laws against hate messages on the Internet, against racism and the extreme right.
The most relevant of the remaining four ministries of the SPD is Trabajo, which will be held by his former secretary general of the Hubertus Heil party.
Both the SPD and the CDU – with six ministers each – have respected gender parity in their distribution, while the three ministries of the Bavarian CSU will be occupied by men.
Seven members of the Executive -including the Chancellor- will be women, compared to nine men, and their average age will be 51 years.
It will be the third major coalition led by Merkel, since only in its second term governed supported by another partner – the Liberal Party (FDP) – but at least in the allocation of positions there is a certain will to renew.
Among the ministries of the CDU of Merkel, only two will be occupied by politicians with experience as ministers: Ursula von der Leyen, who will repeat in Defense, and Peter Altmaier, who will go from the minister of the Chancellery to occupy Economy.
The rest are new additions and the most outstanding will be that of Jens Spahn, next Minister of Health, 37, a recognized homosexual and representative of the most right-wing and critical of the party towards the chancellor.
The vice-president of the CDU, Julia Klöckner, will also be premiering in Agriculture, who was considered for some time eternal candidate to succeed Merkel.
The CDU will not have any original minister from East Germany – the territory where the chancellor grew up – something that has already raised criticism in its ranks.
The only minister from that half of the country will be the Social Democrat Franziska Giffey, who at 39 years old will jump from the post of mayor of a troubled neighborhood in Berlin, Neuköln, to the Ministry of the Family.
Between the ministries of the CSU emphasizes the one of Interior, that will be for until now leader of the Bavarian formation and regional prime minister, Horst Seehofer, defender of the hard line in immigration policy and of the restrictions to the refugees.
A young man of Iraqi origin and coming from the English county of Surrey was today convicted of “attempted murder” by a British judge after having perpetrated a terrorist attack on a London subway car on September 15, which resulted in 30 wounded.
At a hearing held in the Old Bailey criminal court in the British capital, Judge Charles Haddon-Cave justified his verdict on Ahmed Hassan, 18, for the “overwhelming evidence” found against him.
The young man placed a homemade explosive inside a subway car, which detonated partially when he was at Parsons Green station, in the southwest of the British capital.
“Ahmed Hassan, this jury from the Old Bailey Court has found you guilty of attempted murder based on overwhelming evidence,” the judge said at the hearing today, which will reveal next week what the sentence is.
As determined by the judicial process, the young man used the chemical component called TATP in order to cause an explosion that put lives in danger and ended with three dozen injured.
Hassan, who lived with a British host family and claims that his parents died in Iraq, manufactured the device and placed it in the car, in which 93 people were traveling at the time.
In a preliminary session held last January, the boy denied the charges against him.
The prosecutor Alison Morgan recalled that the homemade appliance, allegedly prepared by the defendant, partially exploded on September 15 of last year “just before 08.20 GMT”, shortly after the subway reached the aforementioned station.
The partial explosion of the improvised bomb created a huge fireball, which caused some people to be caught by the flames and suffer significant burns, in addition to entering a state of panic.
Those people “were lucky because if the explosive had been detonated in its entirety, it is inevitable that it would have caused serious damage and injuries inside the car.”
“Those who were close (the bomb) could even have died,” said the prosecutor.
Apparently, the convicted perpetrator had gone down in the previous station of Putney Bridge and never intended to be himself injured, because he created a timer to make sure that (the bomb) was detonated in his absence.
In addition, inside the bucket in which he installed the explosive, Hassan placed shrapnel destined to cause, during the planned explosion, the maximum possible damage.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that Britain was entering a “turning point” in the “Brexit” talks and acknowledged the “complexity” of the talks it was facing with the European Union (EU).
Speaking in London on his position in relation to the next phase of the talks, May said the agreement to be reached with the EU “must respect the outcome of the referendum” in 2016, in which the British voted for “Brexit”, and showed confidence in getting a pact because it is of “interest” on both sides.
The conservative prime minister also stressed that the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the EU must find a solution to the problem of the border between the two Irish, one of the most difficult points of the talks.
“Our withdrawal from the EU poses particular challenges for Northern Ireland and Ireland. We have joined the EU for 45 years. It is not surprising that our decision to leave causes anxiety and a desire to find solutions,” said May, who promised avoid a hard border between the two territories in order not to undermine the peace agreement in the British province.
In his long-awaited speech, May stressed that there should be “fair” and “open” competition in the new UK-EU trade relationship once Brexit has been consummated.
According to the Conservative leader, May said that this trading link should have an independent “mechanism” for arbitration while emphasizing the need for a permanent dialogue between the two parties and called for an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Justice in the United Kingdom.
The prime minister admitted today that in these negotiations, focusing on the transition period and the commercial link, “nobody will get everything they want” and acknowledged that there will be “ups and downs.”
“As in all negotiations, there will be rough, but the aim is for the UK and the EU to remain bound by the many ties and values we have in common,” he said.
“It is my responsibility as prime minister to present leadership for our country at this crucial time,” the conservative policy statement said. “We are going to move forward calmly with patience with each one of the positions.
Finally, May set out five pillars that will guide the forthcoming negotiations: respect for the outcome of the EU’s June 2016 referendum, the new agreement between London and Brussels not to fail, for the pact to preserve jobs and security, which respects the Kingdom United Kingdom as a tolerant and modern country and that assures the unity of the United Kingdom.