Science 

Michael Gove's green makeover is promising, but not the revolution we need

Many of us who care for the natural world were deeply concerned when Michael Gove became environment secretary in June. Few in the teaching profession have anything positive to say about his time as education secretary, while many feared he saw the post merely as a stepping stone to revive his career – rather than an opportunity to pursue a great personal passion for the environment. But, after six months in the job, there are encouraging signs that those grave misgivings may have been misplaced. Already there has been positive…

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Blow for euro as half of Germans want the Deutschmark back

A survey commissioned by the newspaper Bild has found that many Germans are unhappy with how the common European currency has worked out for them. They long for the days when the mark was one of the world’s most stable and strong currencies. Bild commissioned a survey by Cologne’s YouGov-Institute that found 49 percent of Germans want the Deutschmark back.  Only 41 percent of those surveyed wanted to stay with the euro – often nicknamed the “Teuro” after the German word teuer, meaning expensive. As well as nostalgia for a…

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Brussels faces Brexit infighting: Eurosceptics to LEAD EU agenda during crucial summit

Austria is set to take a key role in setting the EU agenda when the country takes over the bloc’s rotating presidency during the second half of next year. However, much to the shock of Brussels, the crucial EU summits that will discuss the last details of Brexit could be led by a eurosceptic government. Sebastian Kurz announced the formation of the Austrian government yesterday following successful talks with the anti-EU far-right Freedom Party. Although the coalition has confirmed they will not hold an EU referendum, there are already signs…

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America has banned China firms from doing THIS – EU and UK welcomes them

Security services in the US are considered among the best in the world, yet Brussels has decided against advice from Washington over tech firm Huawei. The European Commission has backed the Chinese company which will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 5G wireless technology roll out. The tech giant has a range of mobile phones and the company’s 5G technology is among the cheapest and most advanced in the world. Huawei, believed to be in bed with the Chinese state, will be involved in critical networks for decades…

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Space 

Germany picks Ariane 5 for Heinrich Hertz launch

WASHINGTON — German satellite builder OHB Systems has secured a slot for the experimental Heinrich Hertz communications satellite on what could be one of the last Ariane 5 missions before Ariane 6 is expected to take over. The launch, arranged on behalf of the German space agency DLR, is slated for late 2021 or early 2022 — a  transitional period during which Arianespace plans to launch a mix of Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 rockets while the newer vehicle gains acceptance. The first flight of the Ariane 6 is scheduled…

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Brexit could cost Germany £7BILLION in blow to Angela Merkel

Germany already pays out £12.3billion (€14billion) more than it receives back from the Brussels.  And the bloc is facing an approximate shortfall of £17.6billion a year once Britain leaves the EU and no longer contributes its annual £13.1billion to the budget. But now the President of Germany’s Chamber of Commerce (DIHK) Eric Schweitzer has warned the nation’s taxpayers could foot the bill if Mrs Merkel is forced to pour more money into the bloc to keep the European Project alive. A paper published by DIHK claimed “Germany alone will be…

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Former Time Warner CEO: It's Time to Replace All Men at the Top With Women

The former executive says he has a queasy feeling that his generation has been too silent, for far too long, and it’s time to speak out More I was born in the latter part of the Great Depression and the start of World War 11 when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Coined the Silent Generation by Time Magazine in 1951, my cohort was squeezed between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers. We were a smaller group than our named predecessors and successors. The 1950s were a period of relative…

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ISIS vows ‘Berlin will burn’ in chilling threat on Christmas markets

12 people were killed in the truck attack at the city’s busy Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz, next to Berlin’s main shopping street last year. Now ISIS propaganda has vowed “Berlin will burn”, as jihadis threaten to bring chaos and destruction to the city. One image, posted to Twitter by ISIS propagandists, shows a heavily armed fighter stood in front of the famous Brandenburg Gate, with the words: “Berlin will burn”. Another shows an ISIS fighter walking through a church towards Father Christmas and a Christmas tree, along with the words…

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Merkel demands Macron steps into line to save EU – hours after French PM slapdown

Speaking at the party conference of her CDU’s Bavarian sister party, the CSU, Mrs Merkel emphasised strong leadership by the two countries was needed to make the EU work. Mrs Merkel said: “Europe is unthinkable without a strong Germany and strong German-French cooperation.” The Chancellor also welcomed the SPD’s decision to enter into exploratory talks on a coalition agreement, as she makes her second attempt to form a government since the September general elections. But her comments about France and Germany’s working relationship have not been echoed by the French…

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Space 

UK hopes new $132 million satellite testing plant will assuage Brexit concerns for space industry

HARWELL, United Kingdom — A 99 million pound ($132 million) satellite test facility to be built at the U.K.’s Harwell Campus should bring more business to the space hub here and ensure Britain’s satellite manufacturers can carry on without disruption post-Brexit, according to Chris Mutlow, director of RAL Space, the space division of the U.K. state-run Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The RAL Space-operated National Satellite Test Facility, once it opens three years from now, will be able to test satellites as large as 7 metric tons, and aims to attract commercial…

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