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the EU can’t easily be predicted.
The difficulty for the EU is that, long or short, any delay comes with complications. And this is where opinions in European capitals start to diverge.
If the UK hasn’t left the EU by May 22, it might have to take part in elections to the European Parli
amentary elections, which begin the following day. Not doing so could be a breach of the UK’s obligations as a
member state.And if that happens, there is a real concern in Brussels that hardline Euroskeptics could stand for elect
ion, in protest at Britain not yet having yet Brexited. They might find a receptive public, and in turn, join interesting new fr
iends in the European Parliament. Sound far fetched? An EU source recently told CNN of worries in Brussels that far-right figures like To
mmy Robinson could end up as Members of the European Parliament, with all the associated attention that brings.
So a short delay is the preferred option of many in Brussels, especially in the Parliament. But that brings its own set of issues. Fi
rst, there is no guarantee that by the end of it, the UK Parliament would have given a thumbs up to May’s deal. In reality, it cou
ld just mean a delay to a no-deal Brexit that almost everyone claims they want to avoid, but still remains the default legal position.
st female head of government, has spoken with emotion and empathy, reassuring families and updating the public with the latest on the investigation.
It has been her face — and not that of the suspected shooter — that has come to dominate media coverage.
As the suspect– thanks in part to a ban on publishing certain details about him — has be
en forced into the background, facing punishment but denied the fame he desired, Ard
ern has earned international praise for her handling of the event, which has thrust her into
the unwelcome role of, as she put it, voicing the grief of a nation.While Ardern has provided
a point of stability for all New Zealanders as the country continues to reel from a terror attack
that weeks ago would have seemed implausible, her actions have personally touched the relatives of t
hose who died in the massacre, which tore apart a close Muslim community in this small city of around 400,000 people.
players, especially when they happen at home. I hope that 10 years la
ter this team of players will still be remembered for what they did at the World Cup.”
Around 8,000 spectators packed into the arena to witness the draw, whi
ch was conducted by Chinese pop star Yang Chaoyue, a member of the idol group Rock
et Girls 101, and NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and was staged in conjunction with FIBA’s global partner Tencent Sports.
After going 0-5 at the 2016 Rio Olympics and failing to qualify for the last World Cup, in 2
014 in Spain, Asian Games champion China is under heavy pressure to deliver an improved performance at home.
Should China emerge from Group A, it will face one of the top two
teams from a tougher-looking Group B, which features Argentina, Russia, South Korea and Nigeria.
Information consumption has become a new engine for China’s economy, playing a vital role in d
riving domestic demand, creating jobs and pushing forward industrial upgrades, People’s Daily reported.
Last year, China’s information consumption rose 11 percent year-on-year to
5 trillion yuan ($745.39 billion), accounting for 6 percent of the GDP, according to the Internet Society of China.
To further boost information consumption, the Ministry of Industry and Inform
ation Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission unveiled an action plan in August.
According to the plan, by 2020, China’s spending on information consum
ption is expected to be 6 trillion yuan, with average annual growth of more than 11 perce
nt. Information technology is estimated to drive 15 trillion yuan in related consumption.
Outpatient drugs for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, will be reimbursa
ble by 50 percent through China’s basic medical insurance program this year, Premier Li Keqiang said at a news conference on Friday.
The measure will relieve financial burdens on patients with the two diseases, which number 400 million in China, he said.
The government will also take steps this year to further relieve medical expenditure by
patients with serious diseases through adjusting medical insurance policies, Li said.
The government has been making efforts to improve people’s access to quality medical services and reduce their medical expenditure, Li said.
Last year the prices of 17 anti-cancer drugs were cut by more than 50 percent on av
erage, and were included in the basic medical insurance program so they were reimbursable, he said.
China’s basic medical insurance program has covered almost the entire population in China, he said.