Boris Johnson: Increase in thefts and kidnappings of dogs in England leads Boris Johnson to create a task force

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is convinced that “zero tolerance” must be applied to theft or kidnapping of pets. This police, judicial and educational strategy of which the exact results have not yet been measured is based on penalizing petty crimes to avoid older ones. A controversial practice, that of harshly punishing a minor offense as a measure of circumventing a major offense and thus entering an escalating criminal spiral. “Anyone who is cynical and bad enough to steal a dog, with an organized gang, is surely at the beginning of committing other types of crimes,” Johnson said in the announcement of The Pet Theft Taskforce, a police force to combat the disappearance of dogs.

The pets of Downing Street – the cat Larry, who has turned ten years old and goes with the house, and the dog Dilyn de Boris and his companion Carrie -, like the queen’s corgis, are protected by the security device that accompanies their owners, but the same does not happen with the rest of pets. The stereotype of the English citizen responds to the animal lover; even hooligans have bulldogs. The year of confinement has set off alarms in the Police for the increase in theft or kidnapping of dogs to ask for ransom from their owners or to sell them. According to the figures of 37 of the 45 Police officers – geographically fragmented – in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), in 2019 there were reported 2046 dog thefts while in 2020 the number was 2438. To the London Police, in 2016, 180 complaints were filed; in 2020, it was 317.

180 complaints were made to the London Police in 2016; in 2020, there were 317

The English language has already absorbed the term dognapping to refer to the abduction of puppies with malicious intent (hostage or sale). The Nottinghamshire Police were the first to dedicate a police officer exclusively to the subject. The Sussex Police, south of England with a center on the Brighton coast, is one of those that has warned of the increase in dog thieves with recently published data. Based on a consultation of 125,000 people, they conclude that in the year of the pandemic the theft of mutts has increased by 250%. 97% of those asked consider the problem “very serious”; 78% go out with fear to walk their pet during the day and 83% do it with fear at night.

In North London, the Powells have put up large posters across the huge, leafy park on Hampstead Heath offering a reward for the return of their dog stolen from a robbery at their home. “We miss him a lot, it’s as if a family member had been kidnapped; the uncertainty is the worst,” says Joanne, who adds that “we have malicious phone calls with exorbitant ransom figures or people who make fun of us. , although there are others who support us and have even offered us temporary dogs. ” The couple made a formal complaint to the police because when they filed the complaint they were told that crimes with violence, drug trafficking and sexual assaults had priority. After the complaint, an agent calls them from time to time to inform them if there is any news. Private investigators are another option for finding the four missing legs.

30% of the dogs whose disappearance was reported returned home to their owners

According to official figures, in 2019 30% of the dogs whose disappearance was reported returned home to their owners. Among thieves, one in a hundred came to be tried; fined or reprimanded for their actions. Increased penalties for robbers or blackmailers are one of the measures called for by non-profit organizations such as Dog Lost, which helps the reunion between lost animals and their owners. In Dog Lost they say that in 219 they had 172 cases of stolen dogs, in 2020 the number was 465 and in the first quarter of this year there has been an increase of 50% compared to the first quarter of 2020. The figures all point to an accelerated increase in this type of subtraction.

In the Dog Trust, another organization that protects the dog species, they attribute to the pandemic and the rise in the prices of certain kinds of dogs what has made them a desired object. “The price of some species has gone from 500 euros to 2,500 in 2020, you just have to take a look at the internet market where there are them for more than 10,000 euros,” explains the Dog Trust spokeswoman, who recalls at the same time that Some 130,000 dogs are abandoned each year in Britain, according to a pre-2020 count.

The Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, has described the growth of dog theft as “of great impact”. Together with Boris Johnson, the minister has promised to toughen current legislation, although she has not named the “zero tolerance” strategy. A few weeks ago the walker of two bulldogs of the singer Lady Gaga was injured in a park in Los Angeles in the struggle with a thief who took Koji and Gustav. The singer offered half a million dollars in reward, which she did not have to spend because they were returned before payment. The thief claimed that he did not know who the owner of the animals was.


Health consequences increase in patients who have overcome COVID-19 – Information – 05/06/2021

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The health impact of SARS-CoV-2, that tiny virus that fits more than 400 times in the thickness of a human hair and causes the disease of the COVID-19, goes beyond the 155 million infected in the world and the more than 3.2 million deaths. As the months go by, the late diagnoses of cancers, the number of deceased who left without due palliative care increases, mental ailments increase, transplants are postponed. At the same time, sequelae – sometimes incurable – are reported more frequently in those who overcame the infection. And Uruguay is not alien to any of this.

When Luis Eduardo Benenati left the hospital after having passed COVID-19 and a urinary infection due to low defenses, on the same day as his 70th birthday, he took his best breath to get enough air to allow him to extinguish the candles that glowed on the cake. Almost four months later, he still needs to build up the strength to walk a few blocks before his heart begins to beat and his lungs demand a little more oxygen.

Just a few weeks before hospitalization for COVID-19He marched between three and four kilometers a day without much difficulty. Now he is tired and blowing a tube with balls that indicate his lung capacity. The pulmonologist told her that hers is a typical case of “post-covid involvement.”

Six out of ten patients have at least one symptom – such as fatigue, insomnia, loss of taste or smell – after six months of having overcome a acute COVID-19 infection. This is demonstrated by different studies carried out in the United States and Wuhan, the Chinese city in which the new coronavirus was found for the first time, and this is being observed with increasing frequency in Uruguay, explains the ENT specialist Hamlet Suárez, who coordinates the team of specialists at the ALL.

The increase in serious infections caused by SARS-CoV-2 among the Uruguayan population – almost 1,500 income to the CTI In the last month, it has allowed doctors to find some specific pathologies among patients who overcome COVID-19: the most reported as definitive damage is post-covid chronic pneumonitis.

But these sequels are only part of the sanitary deterioration what is causing the pandemic. Suárez coordinated a report that updates the data on non-COVID effects in Uruguay and that on Friday will be presented to the GACH coordinators. The update shows, among other findings, that since the beginning of the pandemic and until the end of the first quarter of this 2021, cancer registrations fell 23%. “The drop is not only due to the lack of diagnostic tests, but because the reduction in mobility caused problems in the teams that assist in the interior of the country and because the entire care was affected.”

Test de coronavirus. Foto: Pixabay.
Test de coronavirus. Foto: Pixabay.

In the first two months of last year, when COVID-19 was something that occurred in the Far East, Uruguay performed about 30 Pap tests per hour to detect possible cervical cancer. In the first two months of 2021, with the virus circulating in the country, this screening fell by 61%. Mammograms fell 75% and tests for blood in the stool – used for the diagnosis of colon cancer – fell 45%.

These drops in the tests are more pronounced than those seen during the second half of last year, when the drop had led to a warning from the medical community, says Lucía Delgado, principal investigator of the study “Impact of the pandemic by COVID- 19 about him cancer control in Uruguay”. According to the oncologist, “it is likely that these reductions will be greater in March, April and May, given the worsening of the pandemic.”

Given this evidence – which extends to other medical disciplines – the Ministry of Health ordered a return to face-to-face consultations as of May 17, the mandatory screening and the re-coordination of the more than 50,000 surgeries that had been postponed.

“The court of the presence of medical assistance is involved in the deficits observed in all medical specialties. The telemedicine it is an ally, but it does not substitute face-to-face and, therefore, we must think of alternatives for capacity and protocols that allow continuity of care ”, says the ear specialist Suárez.

But the mere fact that the return to the face-to-face assistance, says the specialist, it does not solve the other problem: “people’s fear of going to a polyclinic or a hospital”.

Telemedicine: a growing trend.  Photo: Shutterstock
Telemedicina. Foto: Shutterstock

At the end of last year, Suárez and his GACH team had warned that there is a risk of a “boomerang effect”: cancers and heart problems are detected late, the burden increases on intensive care (which is what we wanted to avoid), morbidity and mortality grows and the “remedy” ends up being more expensive than the disease (even in money).

In this sense, the updating of data warns that, based on international evidence, an increase in deaths from oncological pathologies for the next five years. But the affectation will not only occur at the end of life, but also at the beginning: there is a delay in the pregnancy checksThis leads to more risks in pregnancy, greater maternal depression and lack of assistance to pregnancy in adolescents. All of this is also a collateral consequence of that tiny virus that fits more than 400 times the thickness of a human hair.

After biological immunity, “mental health doses” will be needed

“The vaccine helps us with biological immunity, but we will need to continue giving doses of mental health, emotional health.” This was made clear by the psychologist Alejandro De Barbieri, who appeared before the parliamentary commission that monitors the situation of the health emergency caused by COVID-19. The mental health specialist said that “our psyche and our biology were prepared for the shock in 2020 and we were all tolerating the impact, but, as that becomes chronic in time, mental disorders, depression, stress and anxiety are generated.”

In this sense, his colleague Roberto Balaguer pointed out to legislators that “the post-pandemic is mental. Just as the current pandemic is testing health systems, stressing them, the post-pandemic will also test mental health systems in the broadest sense ”.

The population extremes – read the most adult and the smallest – are being some of the most challenged sectors. De Barbieri explained that “at an educational level, it is reflected in work absenteeism, school dropout, difficulties for cognitive development in children and adolescents, at a fundamental age in which they need their peers. Older adults are also affected by their cognitive system and show delays in the processes they are developing if they do not see their relatives or if they are not in contact with other groups ”.

In updating GACH dataFor example, he finds that less than 7% of psychotherapeutic consultations were held face-to-face.

Palliative care does not reach all patients

Palliative care is available throughout the country, but it has not yet reached the entire population that needs it.  Photo: Shutterstock

The disease causing SARS-CoV-2 it lacks a cure. Vaccines are, so far, the only tool proven by science to reduce the most serious cases and deaths from this infection. Hence, more than 60% of palliative care teams from Uruguay has had to care for critical patients with Covid so that the condition is more bearable. But, just as palliative care incorporated this pathology, they have reduced attention “in all the others”, explains the specialist Gabriela Píriz.

Since the pandemic began and until the end of April 2021, less than half (45%) of palliative care teams were able to maintain “normal” care. The rest saw their attendance reduced (51%) or could not directly provide any assistance (4%). This meant that some patients did not receive proper care for a dignified death: with less pain.


Major European stock indexes collectively closed higher, the UK’s FTSE 100 index rose 0.35%

European time on Monday, the major European stock indexes collectively closed higher, and the UK FTSE 100 index rose 0.35%. As of the close, the London Stock Market “Financial Times” 100 stock average price index closed at 6963.12 points, an increase of 24.56 points from the previous trading day, an increase of 0.35%; the French Paris stock market CAC40 index closed at 6275.52 points, compared with the previous The trading day rose 17.58 points, an increase of 0.28%; the Frankfurt stock market DAX index closed at 15,296.34 points, an increase of 16.72 points, an increase of 0.11%, from the previous trading day.

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Internationalization is key to improving productivity | Opinion

In 2020 and early 2021, the evolution of Spanish exports has been deeply affected by Covid-19 and an international environment less conducive to commercial exchanges. The decline in exports of non-tourist goods and services has been similar to that experienced in neighboring countries. Important in this regard is the resistance shown by non-tourist services, which already account for more than 50% of total income from services exports and which show a surplus trade balance.

On the other hand, the export base of goods has not suffered significant damage so far, maintaining the number of regular exporters, those who carry out sales abroad for at least four consecutive years. We are, therefore, in a position to resume its driving role when mobility recovers. A separate issue is the damage that Covid-19 has produced in tourism, on which, in addition, the Spanish economy is highly dependent, which becomes a factor of weakness for the future that will require specific action.

Although the decline in the value of sales abroad has been generalized, exports of food and beverages have continued to grow, especially fruit, vegetables and meat products, despite the rise in North American tariffs on some products and the Brexit. Since 2010, agri-food exports are gaining weight in the Spanish export structure, almost five percentage points, as well as chemical products and consumer manufactures, although with less intensity. The rest of the chapters, with the exception of pharmaceutical products, have registered a decrease in the value of their sales abroad in the last twelve months, among them such important goods in the Spanish production and export structure such as automobiles.

By geographic scope, the only destination where exports of goods have increased significantly is China. Despite this, the trade deficit with this country is growing and of considerable magnitude, equivalent to the total trade deficit of Spain. For their part, the greatest reductions in our foreign sales have been located in Latin America and the European Union.

Looking ahead, the behavior of trade and the world economy will be decisive. We must remember that Spain is a very open and interconnected economy, whose exports account for 34% of GDP and the stock of foreign direct investment a percentage close to 50%.

Although world trade in goods has shown greater resilience than anticipated, numerous dark clouds are looming on the horizon. Covid-19 has revealed the weakness of global value chains and has accentuated their retreat. Added to this are the consequences of Brexit, the rise of protectionism and the decline in multilateralism, regardless of the diplomatic and trade tensions between China and the United States and Europe. These circumstances can weigh down the dynamism of foreign trade and cause a decrease in economic efficiency and an increase in prices.

However, the forces that drive globalization are still alive: technological advances that favor interdependence worldwide. In particular, digitization is reducing costs and streamlining transactions, which is especially relevant for smaller companies to more easily overcome sunk costs associated with internationalization.

The provision of the European Next Generation EU Funds can be a unique opportunity for the Spanish economy to overcome some of its structural deficiencies and move as quickly as possible towards a more efficient, resilient and inclusive economy. In this sense, it would be convenient for these funds to also be dedicated in a sufficient amount to consolidate and enhance the advances that were being made in the internationalization of the Spanish economy before the arrival of the pandemic, making it possible for the unavoidable recomposition of the pattern exporter does not translate into a decline in the foreign presence of companies and a deterioration in the balance of the balance of goods and services

The data is irrefutable. Companies that operate abroad are more productive, invest more in innovation, offer better working conditions and are more resistant to the vicissitudes of the economic cycle. It is therefore essential to take the necessary measures to internationalize a greater number of SMEs and to increase the complexity of our exports, incorporating a greater technological component. At the same time, continue advancing in the geographical diversification of exports, with a greater presence in countries with better growth prospects, such as some countries in Africa and Asia.

It starts from a solid base that has been able to withstand the two great crises of the current century, which has acted as an engine of recovery, and which has brought clear benefits to Spanish society in terms of productivity, competition, wealth and employment. The rapid and profound changes in the political, commercial and business environment and the need to face environmental, technological and social challenges, make it essential to have powerful analytical instruments that allow a rapid reaction to these transformations, as well as reinforce the permanent interaction between the public administrations, companies and universities.

Gonzalo solana He is Director of the Nebrija Santander Chair in internationalization of companies


Lar gives the green light to a dividend of 27.5 million after increasing its income

Green light for dividends after the first year of Covid. The General Shareholders’ Meeting of Lar Spain has approved this Thursday the proposal of pay out a dividend of 31 euro cents per share, up to a total of 27.5 million euros and one 6.7% return per share.

The listed company has a market capitalization that exceeds 460 million euros and has positioned itself as one of the main investment vehicles in the segment of malls, a typology that has suffered greatly from the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic. In fact, the value of its assets fell by 4.9% last year, up to 1,475 million euros, which caused an accounting impact of 100.7 million euros.

However, the company managed to increase your income by 15% in 2020, from 81.1 million to 93.3 million euros. On the other hand, ebitda was 69.7 million euros, with an increase of 18%, and recurring net profit reached 53.7 million euros, 30.3% higher than the 41.2 million euros obtained in 2019.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors, José Luis del Valle, highlighted in his speech to shareholders that “the Brexit and the signs of a slowdown Growth in the main economies made some sectoral adjustment foreseeable. The pandemic came to aggravate that scenario, which logically also reached our specific retail sector. All over the world, specialized companies have had to apply nonessential activity closures and restrictions very relevant of different kinds in our shopping centers and parks “.

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Regarding the impact of the pandemic on the income of its tenants, the businessman has indicated that “we have renegotiated practically 100% of the more than a thousand rental contracts existing in our fourteen centers. The agreed bonuses, and therefore the impact on cash for the year, represented a final amount of 22 million euros, which at the level of results will be applied over the next few years “.

The manager valued that the success achieved in 2020 was mainly due to the “extraordinary coordination with our merchants. We were the first to implement comprehensive security measures, subject to independent health certification. In parallel, we managed to update commercial agreements with practically all tenants, with rates always close to full technical occupancy, “he said.

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Even so, the businessman has recognized the blow that the sector has received and the need to make adjustments. Del Valle has clarified that the recovery will tend to focus on prime shopping centers and parks: “If before the real estate assets depended mainly on the location, from now on they will depend on their dominance and ability to attract end customers and merchants. It is important where you are, but above all how you are and who you are with. Commercial offer, shopping experience, entertainment, omnichannel and customer knowledge will make the difference. “


The pandemic cuts the demographic increase of the province and loses 900 inhabitants

The demarcation has right now 1,878,970 registered, compared to 1,879,888 at the beginning of 2020. In these 12 months, citizens of Spanish nationality have gone from 1,505,270 to 1,508,170, that is, 2,900 more; However, foreigners have decreased by almost 4,000, from 374,618 to 370,800.

Alicante has not escaped the general trend of population loss that has occurred in Spain in the last year, although in this case the decline has been minimal, of just 0.05%. In the country as a whole, 106,146 people have been lost, bringing the number of inhabitants to 47,344,649. Almost all the autonomous communities have gone down, except Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha, Illes Balears and Andalusia, although the last two in an insignificant way. With regard to the Valencian Community, the register has decreased by 7,938 people in relation to the beginning of 2020, a percentage loss equal to the national average, of 0.2%. According to these data, 5,049,415 individuals now live in the entire autonomous region.

The decline of the foreign population has been felt above all among the groups of other countries of the European Union and Africa, which have fallen from 108,541 and 69,338 people, respectively, to 106,218 and 67,865. The INE does not mention it, but the consequences of the coronavirus are evident. The agency highlights that in the country as a whole, 2020 was the first year in which the population fell after four successive growth exercises, and in a generalized way. The mortality derived from the health crisis has been able to contribute decisively to the loss of inhabitants in many provinces and, in the specific case of Alicante and some others, probably more the closing of borders, which have greatly limited the possibilities of moving from another country.

In the contingent of inhabitants from the EU those originating in the United Kingdom are no longer included, which mark the great exception in this context of descent. The number of British residents in the province of Alicante has increased in the last year, from 71,277 to 73,524 people. The explanation, although the INE also limits itself to offering the data in this case, is clear: Brexit. As this newspaper has already published on different occasions, the departure of the United Kingdom from the EU and the consequent loss of its citizens from community status makes it essential to register in the population register in order to regularize their situation in Spain and access to any service or provision.


918 fewer inhabitants of the province at the beginning of 2021

The increase of the previous three years has been completely stopped in its tracks.

73,524 Britons registered in Alicante localities

After the United Kingdom leaves the EU, they are required to appear on the register.

26 Alicante municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants

This data does not vary in relation to the beginning of 2020.

That has made many people who until now were not registered in municipalities of the province despite the fact that they may have spent most of the year there have decided to do so. The INE has not released detailed data by town councils, but it is obvious that this phenomenon will have been observed in towns on the Alicante coast. It should be remembered that, precisely, the fact that many community members were not registered has generated problems in recent years in some municipalities, which have had to assume the provision of services for a larger population than what the official figures reflected, while leaving to receive income via municipal taxes.

The possible return to their countries of workers in the tourism sector

Geographer José Vicente Sánchez, professor at the University of Valencia and a good connoisseur of the demographic dynamics of the province, highlights that Alicante has manifested itself as a “resilient territory” in the face of the pandemic, because the loss of inhabitants has been low. However, it alludes to the probable return to their countries of foreign workers linked to the tourism sector. In addition, he emphasizes that “it is interesting to see which way the balance has turned” in the case of Brexit, because although “more Britons have registered here than those who have left.” Finally, he emphasizes the reflection of “overmortality” due to the virus, and believes that this element will have to be analyzed in the future.


Erdogan’s moves offer little reward | Opinion

Turkey has resisted the temptation to cut borrowing costs, for now. The new head of the central bank, Sahap Kavcioglu, on Thursday kept the main rate at 19%, while hinting at a possible relaxation.

Tayyip Erdogan’s apparent goal of easing monetary policy falters. In March, he abruptly replaced the governor, Naci Agbal, who had raised rates that month by 200 basis points, the third dismissal from the post in two years. Kavcioglu seemed more inclined to please him, having argued that high rates can cause, rather than slow down, inflation.

So far, you have avoided any rough action. But you are setting the stage for relaxation. He spoke of keeping rates above inflation. Since the annual exceeded 16% in March, you can raise them up to 300 points. Meanwhile, the promise of March to maintain a tight monetary policy “for an extended period” disappeared.

But Turkey is worse than before. The lira has lost more than a tenth of its value against the dollar since the appointment. And, having spent more than $ 100 billion in 2020 to shore it up, the bank only has $ 10 billion in net foreign exchange reserves, the lowest level since 2003, giving it little ability to fight a sell-off. Also, the Turks are avoiding it in warehouses.

That means inflation can continue to rise. The growing current account deficit, of 2.6 billion dollars in February, is another cause for concern, especially since the restrictions mean that tourism will suffer again this year, which will hurt exports. Kavcioglu is unlikely to be able to slash rates without risking rising inflation, or even a currency crisis.

Your biggest problem is a lack of credibility. Société Générale estimates that another $ 5.9 billion of capital will leave Turkish assets in the short term. The central bank’s twists and turns make a rate cut even more risky.

The authors are columnists for Reuters Breakingviews. Opinions are yours. The translation, of Carlos Gomez Down, it is the responsibility of Five days


Human Rights Turkey: The backward movement of democracy in Turkey increases civil unrest in the streets

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues to take measures that represent a setback for Human Rights (HR) in the country, which has increased social unrest on the streets of the main cities of Turkey. Generation Z of the Anatolian country, which has lived exclusively under the government of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), marked by political and economic instability, now challenges the “one man” regime approved after the 2017 referendum The constitutional reform made Turkey a presidential republic and gave Erdoğan greater executive powers, as well as the ability to rule by decree.

“I have been living in Istanbul for 6 years, but I have not seen so much tension since the coup in 2016. In the women’s demonstrations there are more police than demonstrators,” she explains Kubra, neighbor of the Kadıköy neighborhood. Kubra is a hairdresser but has been unemployed for months. “I work at home, I cut the hair of friends and acquaintances. If this continues, I will have to go back to my parents’ house,” he declares.

Line, a member of the youth of the CHP — the main opposition party — affirms that he has noticed an increase in police in the streets of the neighborhood, “even the Atatürk monument, which is where all the concentrations normally take place, was blocked with a barrier of policemen. “

In January of this year the Government issued a presidential decree that named Melih Bulu —Figure linked to the AKP— as the new rector of the prestigious Boğaziçi University. Bulu is the first rector elected outside the university community since the military coup of 1980. This announcement became the engine of a escalation of protests in which young people in Turkey express their frustration against the country’s ruling conservative party. According to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), the unemployment rate in the 15-24 age group is 24.7%, and a report from the Unemployed Youth Platform places youth unemployment as the highest among university graduates.

Since January, more than 700 protesters have been detained in Turkey

Student protests have been suppressed with excessive use of force by the police and, since January, more than 700 protesters have been arrested. LGTB groups also participate in the demonstrations, and several students have been tried on charges of inciting hatred for displaying an image that combined Islamic images with pride flags. Suleyman Soylu, Minister of the Interior, described the students as “LGBT perverts.” Erdoğan, for his part, compared the protesters to “terrorists”, after stating that the LGBT movement is incompatible with Turkey’s values.

Setback for women’s rights

On March 19, in a decree published at midnight, President Erdoğan withdrew the country from the Istanbul Convention, a treaty to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic abuse. The Convention was drawn up by the Council of Europe and named after the city where it was signed in 2011.

“The Istanbul Convention, originally intended to promote women’s rights, has been hijacked by a group of people who try to normalize homosexuality, which is incompatible with Turkey’s social and family values, “stated a statement published by the Turkish Communications Directorate. It refers to the section of the convention that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. According to the organization Human Rights Watch, the government’s decision responds to an effort to secure the support of the most conservative religious spheres outside the party, key to keeping Erdoğan in power.

Since the end of the Convention, thousands of women have protested weekly in cities across the country. They demand government action to combat cases of femicides Y domestic violence in Turkey. According to the platform We will Stop Femicides (Kadin Cinayetlerini Durduracağız in Turkish), only in the year 2020, at least 300 women they were killed, mostly by their partners, and 171 more women were found dead under suspicious circumstances.

Protester wearing a feminist mask at a protest against the withdrawal of the Istanbul Convention on March 26, in Istanbul. Alba Cambeiro

Melek Önder: “They are risking the lives of women in exchange for political support”

“Erdoğan is very stuck politically and this has influenced his decision to end the Istanbul Convention. They are risking the lives of women in exchange for political support,” he explains Angel Leader, from the platform We will Stop Femicides. “Attacks against LGTB groups and against their rights have increased, a discriminatory policy is being carried out against LGTB people.”

Dismantle the opposition

On March 17, the Turkish Parliament withdrew the status of deputy to Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a member of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP); alleged dissemination of terrorist propaganda by a tweet published in 2016. Shortly afterwards, Turkey’s attorney general announced the opening of a case for close the party itself. Likewise, the prosecutor asked the Constitutional Court to prohibit more than 600 members from exercising politics, arguing links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The HDP is the third largest party in the Turkish Parliament, but dozens of its leaders have been imprisoned —The last Gergerlioğlu, detained on April 2 — and 48 of the 65 mayors governed by the HDP have been intervened. Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, former co-chairs of the party, have been in prison since 2016 on terrorism-related charges.

The latest measures against the HDP have been the culmination of years of repression against the party. Respond to repeated calls for closure by State Garden, far-right leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), part of the government coalition with the AKP. On April 1, the Court rejected the accusation for the dismissal of the HDP due to procedural omissions, and Bahçeli suggested in a statement that the Constitutional Court should also be closed. However, once the technical defects and missing information have been corrected, the indictment can be resubmitted.

Devriş Çimen: “What is branded as ‘Turkish style’ is a dictatorship”

“Everything that the AKP and MHP practice in Turkey is advertised under the label turkish style. The presidential system, which was described as turkish style, has given the concentration of power to Erdoğan at the expense of formative political power, “he explains to Public Devriş Grass, European representative of the HDP. “What is marked as turkish style it is, in fact, a dictatorship, as Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi correctly stated, “he declares.

Members of the Turkish Police detain a protester at a protest organized by students from Boğaziçi University on February 2 in Istanbul.  - Alba Cambeiro

Members of the Turkish Police detain a protester at a protest organized by students from Boğaziçi University on February 2 in Istanbul. Alba Cambeiro

Approach to the EU

The European Union (EU) has recognized the democratic backsliding in Turkey; Political influence over the judiciary has led to the arrest of journalists, elected opposition politicians, and human rights defenders. However, as a key member of NATO, Turkey is a critical ally for the Union due to its strategic importance in the region. “Against all Erdoğan’s practices, EU representatives or Josep Borrell always express their regret and concern. But this concern costs the lives of people in Turkey,” says Çimen.

On March 25, EU leaders agreed to reestablish relations with Turkey on migration matters, as well as to deepen trade ties with the country. Last Tuesday the president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michael, se reunieron con Recep Tayyip Erdogan en Ankara.

An awkward moment took place during the meeting at the presidential palace that has caused quite a diplomatic uproar. Ursula Von der Leyen stood bewildered as her partner Charles Michel and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the only two seats between the EU and Turkey flags. The president of the European Commission ended up sitting on a sofa a few meters away. “Erdogan has humiliated and he will continue to humiliate the EU leaders because they have let him know that they need the EU more than he does, “wrote Turkish journalist Cengiz Çandar recently.

Çandar: “Erdogan has humiliated the EU leaders because they have let him know that they need the EU more than he does”

Turkey’s human rights record did not feature prominently on the official visit agenda. “I am concerned that Turkey has withdrawn from the Istanbul Convention. It is about protecting women and protecting children against violence and this is clearly the wrong signal,” said Von der Leyen at the press conference. regarding the withdrawal of the Convention. “We want to move towards better relations in the future, we are at the beginning of this path,” he said.

The meeting in Ankara focused on the renewal of the migration agreement of 2016 – the EU is expected to provide more funds from 2022 for the refugees that the country hosts – and the renegotiation of the EU-Turkey customs union, which would make it easier for the Anatolian country to export its products. A new customs agreement could help Ankara ease the deep economic crisis in which the country is located. Unemployment and poverty, aggravated by covid-19, have not stopped increasing in Turkey. According to a report by the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services, the number of households receiving social assistance has increased 102% in one year.

Erdoğan removed the governor of the Central Bank – the fourth to hold office in less than two years – by presidential decree last March. The ex-governor Naci Ağbal it raised interest rates to fight inflation and restored some confidence in the country’s economic management. Your substitute, Sahap Kavcioglu, defends like Erdoğan that high interest rates cause higher inflation. Erdoğan’s interference with the Central Bank is damaging the investor confidence at a time when Turkey needs foreign funds to stabilize its economy. The replacement of former governor Naci Ağbal by a loyalist to the AKP party led to the crash of the lyre and inflation has increased, already exceeding 16%.


The BNG demands an increase in compensation for Galicia due to Brexit

The BNG spokesperson in Europe, Ana Miranda, defends the increase in compensation funds aimed at alleviating the consequences of Brexit in Galicia. “It cannot be that Galicia loses out once again and that countries with less fishing fleet receive more funds. The consequences of Brexit for Galician ports are not the same as in other territories, ”Miranda said in a statement.


The major European stock indexes collectively closed up, the German DAX30 index rose more than 1%


On Friday European time, the major European stock indexes closed up collectively, and the German DAX30 index rose more than 1%. As of the close, the London Stock Market “Financial Times” average price index of 100 stocks closed at 7019.53 points on the 16th, an increase of 36.03 points or 0.52% from the previous trading day. The CAC40 index of the Paris stock market in France closed at 6287.07 points, an increase of 52.93 points or 0.85% over the previous trading day. The DAX30 index on the Frankfurt stock market in Germany closed at 15,459.75 points, an increase of 204.42 points or 1.34% over the previous trading day.

On Friday European time, the major European stock indexes closed up collectively, and the German DAX30 index rose more than 1%. As of closing,The London Stock Market “Financial Times” average price index of 100 stocks closed at 7019.53 points on the 16th, an increase of 36.03 points or 0.52% from the previous trading day. The CAC40 index of the Paris stock market in France closed at 6287.07 points, an increase of 52.93 points or 0.85% over the previous trading day. The DAX30 index on the Frankfurt stock market in Germany closed at 15,459.75 points, an increase of 204.42 points or 1.34% over the previous trading day.

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