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Apart from Brexit, what issues concern voters in the UK election?

William Hague: Well, there are all the normal election issues, the health service, housing, law and order, employment, how to continue the amazing success of the UK in generating millions of jobs over the last decade. And of course, who people want and don't want as their Prime Minister.


David Miliband: What issues apart from Brexit are going to dominate the 2019 general election? Here's the paradox of the first few days of the campaign: The Tories say they want to fight on Brexit, but have managed to put center-stage, over the last two or three days, non-Brexit issues. Senior Cabinet minister made disgusting comments about the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Prime Minister has managed to bury a report on Russian interference in the 2016 referendum. Have you heard of Russian interference before? And today, Wednesday, a cabinet minister, the Secretary of State for Wales, has had to resign because of his entanglement in an aide's intervention in a rape case in Wales. So non-Brexit issues have come forward. Now on the Labour side, they want to highlight issues of health, where they are traditionally strong. I should say "we are traditionally strong," since I'm a Labour voter for the shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, in this election, in his constituency. They want to put issues of wealth and income inequality high on the agenda. They want to put issues of crime on the agenda because Labour knows that the Tories are weak on those issues. The striking thing, of course, is that in truth, issues of health, issues of inequality, issues of jobs can't be separated from Brexit because whether or not Britain Brexits is going to have an absolute fundamental impact on the social, economic and political trajectory of the country. So, it's not that it all comes back to Brexit, but that Brexit frames the choices that Britain will have going forward. One final point that I think is important: The prime minister's decision to negotiate the hardest of hard Brexits for Great Britain, with a carve out for Northern Ireland, which will have a soft Brexit, the prime minister's decision to negotiate a very hard Brexit for Great Britain sits directly at odds with his avowed commitment to try to spend more money, heal social division and appeal in a, quote unquote, "one nation way to Labour voters." And I think this is going to get found out in the course of the campaign. The Conservative Party is looking one way on Brexit, towards a hard Brexit, and another way on social and economic policy, towards a more egalitarian or united nation. I think that's going to get exposed in the campaign or it should be exposed in the campaign by a Labour campaign that's worth its salt.

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When Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday — plunging the country into chaos as it faces once-in-a-generation public health and economic crises — he became the fourteenth Italian to vacate the prime ministership in three decades. (For contrast, Germany has only had three chancellors since 1982, and France has had five presidents.)

But Conte, who had no previous political experience until he was tapped for the top job in 2018, is not so much throwing in the towel as he is taking a massive gamble that President Sergio Mattarella will again appoint him to head Conte's third coalition government in less than three years.

The recent dysfunction is unique even within the context of instability-prone Italian politics. How did Italy get here, and what might come next?

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Ian Bremmer shares his perspective on global politics on this week's World In (More Than) 60 Seconds:

What did you think of Xi Jinping's speech at the virtual World Economic Forum?

Well, his last speech at the real World Economic Forum in Davos, I remember being there four years ago, and given that Trump had just been elected, Xi Jinping gives this big, "We want to stand up and be leaders while the Americans are doing America first." And generally speaking, was probably the most important speech of the week. People liked it. This is a pretty different environment, not so much because Trump has gone, but rather because support and belief in Xi Jinping is pretty low. I will say one thing that was generally well responded to was the call not to enter into a new Cold War. Anybody in the business community generally supports that. There's so much integration and interdependence between the US and the Chinese economies that when Xi Jinping says, "We need to find ways to continue to work together," I mean, this is the pro-globalization audience he's speaking to. They generally agree. But otherwise, the message fell pretty flat. So, the idea that China is going to be globally useful on issues of leadership, especially when it comes to anything that might threaten Beijing's sovereignty, they check global norms at the door. And a few examples of that, when Xi called for support for the rules-based international order, that's in obvious contrast with China's violation of the one country, two systems framework in Hong Kong. And they said, "Well, that's a domestic issue." Well, actually that's not what your agreement was with the British handover. And just because you're more powerful doesn't mean that norm doesn't matter anymore.

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Over the weekend, some 40,000 people in Moscow and thousands more across Russia braved subzero temperatures to turn out in the streets in support of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. More than 3,000 protesters were arrested, and Navalny called on his followers to prepare for more action in the coming weeks.

But just who is Alexei Navalny, and how significant is the threat that he may pose to Vladimir Putin's stranglehold on power in Russia?

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Angry farmers take Indian fort: In a major and violent escalation of ongoing protests over new agriculture laws, thousands of Indian farmers broke through police barricades and stormed the historic Red Fort in New Delhi on Tuesday. At least one protester died in the chaos, while the government shut down internet service in parts of the capital. Farmers and the government are still deadlocked over the new laws, which liberalize agriculture markets in ways that farmers fear will undercut their livelihoods. The government has offered to suspend implementation for 18 months, but the farmers unions are pushing for a complete repeal. Given that some 60 percent of India's population works in agriculture, the standoff has become a major political test for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling BJP party.

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