Johnson Basks in a Rare Burst of Good U.K. News

The current lockdown is ending and a successful British vaccine could vanquish the virus by spring. But will that be enough to rebuild his sagging political fortunes?

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English Gyms Find Themselves on the Front Lines of Lockdown Revolt

Despite police raids and the threat of heavy fines, some health clubs have stayed open in an act of defiance against a coronavirus lockdown.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-clubs, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #martial-arts, #national-health-service

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Boris Johnson, Seen as a Trump Ally, Signals Alignment With Biden

The prime minister wants to show that Britain remains a vital ally. On climate change and military spending, he is promising major steps that will be welcomed by the president-elect.

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Instead of Regaining Momentum, Johnson Is Stalled at Home Again

The British prime minister begins 14-days of self-isolation after meeting with a lawmaker who tested positive to Covid-19 just as he tries to shake off bitter infighting within his administration.

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Powerful Aide to Boris Johnson Quits in Britain, Report Says

Dominic Cummings, who masterminded the Brexit campaign in 2016 and helped vault Mr. Johnson into office, resigned amid fierce infighting.

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Brexit Hard-Liners Lose Battle as Aide to U.K’s Johnson Quits

A Downing Street feud could indicate the prime minister is ready to make the compromises needed to strike a deal with the European Union.

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Would He or Wouldn’t He? Johnson Is Relieved That Biden Called

The British prime minister made the A team, with Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, though pesky Ireland also sneaked in.

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Biden Speaks to European Allies as Strongmen Stay Silent on U.S. Vote

The president-elect’s calls with four Western European leaders signaled a return to diplomatic normalcy and their support for his election win.

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Does Trump’s Defeat Signal the Start of Populism’s Decline Globally?

Populist leaders may have lost their most prominent champion, but their economic, social and political grievances remain potent.

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Does Trump’s Defeat Signal the Start of Populism’s Decline?

Populist leaders may have lost their most prominent champion, but their economic, social and political grievances remain potent.

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Trump’s Defeat Weakens Boris Johnson in Urgent Brexit Talks

As the European Union knows, the British prime minister can ill afford to threaten peace in Ireland, an issue close to the President-elect Biden’s heart.

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As Boris Johnson Plays Scrooge, Marcus Rashford Works to Feed Hungry Britons

A campaign begun by the soccer star Marcus Rashford to provide free meals to children who need them is being taken up by small-business owners, who themselves are often struggling.

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U.K.’s Boris Johnson Faces Revolt Over His Coronavirus Policy

The prime minister is caught uncomfortably between members of his Conservative Party who oppose his national lockdown and opponents who call it too little, too late.

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England Weighs Another Nationwide Virus Lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet met on Saturday as medical experts warned that the virus would soon overwhelm hospitals if the government did not take draconian action.

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In Pandemic U.K., Brexit Is an Afterthought, as Is Trump

British voters who opted in 2016 for leaving the European Union seem ready to move on from the president, who is widely disliked despite his cheerleading for that cause.

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Britain’s Health Workers Face 2nd Virus Wave, but This Time With Less Support

Public backing for the efforts of the country’s health service is eroding amid a lack of a clear government policy to deal with the pandemic, many medical workers say.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #national-health-service

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Cage Match or P.R. Opportunity? Boris Johnson Bets on Live Press Briefings

The British prime minister has hired a well-connected former political journalist to run newly televised press briefings, adopting a White House ritual that grew increasingly contentious under President Trump.

#great-britain, #johnson-boris, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government

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Arts Bailout in U.K. Buys Time, but No Peace of Mind

In Liverpool, England, whose tourist trade is built on culture, more than 40 venues received money from a $2 billion fund. That life support lasts until April.

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‘We Are Not Going to Lie Down’: A Coronavirus Revolt in England

How a Liverpool gym led a local rebellion against the government’s inscrutable rules.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-clubs, #johnson-boris, #lancashire-england, #liverpool-england

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To Test Coronavirus Vaccines, UK Study Will Intentionally Infect Volunteers

The hotly contested strategy of deliberate exposure, known as a human challenge trial, could speed up the process of identifying effective coronavirus vaccines.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #imperial-college-london, #johnson-boris, #science-and-technology, #vaccination-and-immunization

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As Britain Nears Virus Lockdowns, Manchester Protests

Residents of Manchester and other northern English cities have never much cared for the heavy hand of Westminster. They are not liking it any better in the pandemic.

#burnham-andrew-m-1970, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #manchester-england, #mayors, #quarantines

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With Brexit Clock Ticking, Boris Johnson Vows, Again, to Walk Away

The prime minister blew up over what he called Europe’s insistence that Britain make all the compromises. But Europe says it still wants to talk.

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As Coronavirus Surges and Brexit Deadline Nears, Boris Johnson Stalls

The prime minister’s delaying strategy carries severe risks if he misplays his hand, with the pandemic worsening and a Brexit deadline approaching.

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Europe, Which Thought It Had Coronavirus Tamed, Faces Second Wave

France imposed a curfew on Paris and other major cities, and other countries are taking similar steps as record caseloads fill hospitals and governments try to respond without lockdowns.

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In England, Virus Restrictions Close Some Doors but Leave Others Ajar

In a country where pubs can welcome customers but open-air stadiums cannot, the incoherence of government regulations is on full display in soccer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #english-premier-league, #johnson-boris, #soccer

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While Boris Johnson Sinks, Rishi Sunak Is on the Rise

A virtual unknown 10 months ago, the wealthy and polished British finance chief gained stature during the pandemic, while remaining in his boss’s good graces.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #sunak-rishi-1980

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Britain’s New Measures to Control Virus Inflame North-South Tensions

Boris Johnson campaigned on a promise to “level up” struggling northern areas, but his three-tier plan threatens to keep them in economically debilitating lockdowns.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-boris, #liverpool-england, #london-england, #manchester-england, #scotland, #shutdowns-institutional

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For Boris Johnson, and Maybe Trump, Covid as Metaphor Is Hard to Shake

The British prime minister’s personal battle with the disease has come to symbolize his government’s fumbling efforts to halt the pathogen.

#britain, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-boris, #trump-donald-j

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‘It Really Was Abandonment.’ Virus Crisis Grips British Universities

With no bailout forthcoming from the government, financially strapped British universities beckoned students back to campus, with predictably dire results.

#colleges-and-universities, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dormitories, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #manchester-england, #manchester-metropolitan-university, #quarantines

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What Donald Trump Can Learn From Boris Johnson

The lessons from Boris Johnson’s bout with Covid.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-boris, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ May Not Work in a Time of Pandemic

Eighty years after Londoners rallied in the face of the deadly German Blitz, many are flouting the rules aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Leaders Who Caught Virus: Boris Johnson, Jair Bolsonaro and Now Trump

Mr. Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, was hospitalized. Mr. Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president, appeared to have a mild case. Other top officials worldwide have also been infected.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #johnson-boris

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For Boris Johnson, a Grim Premiership That No One Foresaw

“What on earth happened to the freedom-loving, twinkly-eyed, Rabelaisian character I voted for,” asked one columnist.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cummings-dominic-1971, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #london-england, #starmer-keir

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For U.K.’s Boris Johnson, Hardball Tactics Seem the Only Way to a Brexit Deal

With a combative style, Mr. Johnson has pointedly avoided comparisons to Theresa May, his predecessor. But will his strategy yield a deal?

#great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

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Britain Introduces a Scaled-Back Wage Support Plan

As the country faces a second wave of coronavirus infections, the government doesn’t want to support jobs propped up solely by fiscal stimulus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #sunak-rishi-1980, #wages-and-salaries

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A Somber Boris Johnson Offers Britain a New Plan to Halt the Virus

Fighting a second wave of infections that scientists warn could grow exponentially, the prime minister is imposing new restrictions and penalties for up to six months.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #scotland, #shutdowns-institutional, #starmer-keir

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U.K. Opposition Leader Says Boris Johnson Is ‘Just Not Up to the Job’

Keir Starmer made his first major address after taking the helm of a Labour Party that suffered a devastating election loss in December.

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U.K.’s Boris Johnson to Order Pubs and Restaurants to Close Early

As Britain endures a second wave of coronavirus, experts fear much worse is yet to come. But critics argue that restrictions damage the economy and threaten liberties.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #europe, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #northern-ireland, #politics-and-government, #scotland, #wales

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Britain Scrambles to Avoid a Second Lockdown

The government is contemplating a number of new measures — so many that Britons are growing confused and resentful.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #johnson-boris, #newcastle-on-tyne-england, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical

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Don’t Mess With Ireland, Biden Warns Boris Johnson

The Democratic presidential candidate warned Britain’s prime minister that any deal with the European Union must protect the Irish peace agreement.

#belfast-northern-ireland, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #ireland, #johnson-boris, #raab-dominic-1974

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Europe’s Economic Revival Is Imperiled, Raising the Specter of a Grinding Downturn

As the coronavirus regains force, economists fear that Europe’s tentative recovery is at risk from traditional political concerns.

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Can Biden Fix What Trump Broke?

E.U. leaders are still learning to navigate a world ever more dangerous for them, while relations with the United States grow more and more awkward.

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As Second Wave Builds, U.K. Enters New Coronavirus Testing Crisis

Surging demand following the reopening of schools has generated a backlog of 185,000 tests, just as the pace of infections threatens to explode.

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Boris Johnson Pushes to Backtrack on E.U. Deal, Despite Party Revolt

The British prime minister’s move to rewrite a treaty that settled Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit status raised fears that trade negotiations with the European Union could be impaired.

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Remember Brexit?

The drama continues to unfold.

#european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

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From Miner’s Grandson to Lord Darroch of Kew, With a Touch of Irony

The former British ambassador to Washington was undone by a leak of cables giving his unvarnished opinion of President Trump. No, he is not embittered.

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Brexit Talks Hit Crisis as Boris Johnson Rejects EU Ultimatum

Europe has demanded the quick withdrawal of draft Brexit legislation that breaks international law. Britain has refused.

#europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ireland, #johnson-boris

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Boris Johnson, Covid, Brexit and the Art of Policy Improvisation

Even by the British prime minister’s lofty standards, his reversals this week on the two dominant issues facing his country were breathtaking.

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Boris Johnson Facing Revolt Over Northern Ireland Pact

The government’s top lawyer has quit, and even a government minister admits the prime minister’s effort to rewrite the treaty violates international law.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #may-theresa-m, #northern-ireland

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As Brexit Deadlines Loom, the Posturing and Bickering Flare Again

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is threatening to cut off negotiations by Oct. 15 if there is no progress. The European Union says the British are not negotiating.

#barnier-michel, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #starmer-keir

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