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Queen Elizabeth's death marks turning point for the UK
Queen Elizabeth's Death May Change the UK | Europe In :60 | GZERO Media

Queen Elizabeth's death marks turning point for the UK

Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on European politics from Chelm, in Eastern Poland.

The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, is of course, a major, major event for the United Kingdom and for the world. She was really the last remaining link with an imperial past, with a turbulent and dramatic period for her country, and she gave it stability during a very long period of fundamental change. It will be another country as it enters the reign of King Charles III.

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II
Remembering Queen Elizabeth II | Quick Take | GZERO Media

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving monarch in UK history and virtually in world history, is no longer with us. Queen Elizabeth has reigned under 15 prime ministers, starting with Churchill. And in this time, the United Kingdom went from global power and industrial powerhouse to a post-European middle power. She's lived through and reigned through the legacy of colonialism, the end of British Empire, and now of course the end of the UK in Europe. The death of the Queen and her succession will dominate the news, certainly across the UK and the Commonwealth for some time. It's going to overshadow the arrival of Liz Truss as prime minister and all of her major economic announcements.

There's a lot to say here. Queen Elizabeth has long been seen as the single most popular figure in Britain, and her death will undoubtedly be received with enormous sadness by a public that's been battered by two years of COVID crisis, on top of shambolic Brexit process, massive domestic political scandals, independence movements, particularly in Scotland. And on top of that, now an enormous cost of living crisis that's worse than any other G7 economy. So, it's not hit the UK at an opportune time at all. And the impact of her death really on the public mood should not be underestimated, given that the Queen has long been seen as a beacon of stability in the United Kingdom in an uncertain and very volatile world.

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Annie Gugliotta

The end of an era: Queen Elizabeth II dies

There’s been an outpouring of grief across the UK – and the globe – after Queen Elizabeth II died Thursday at her estate in the Scottish Highlands at the age of 96.

BBC news presenters donned black suits even before her death was announced, while dignitaries and politicians prepared by purchasing black ties and armbands.

The Queen, who recently celebrated her Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne, was last seen in public earlier this week when she met with Britain's new prime minister, Liz Truss, at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky


What We're Watching: Zelensky's plea on Odesa blockade, South Korea's new president, Prince Charles fills in

Zelensky ties Odesa’s fate to global food crisis

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged the world to help break a Russian blockade on the Black Sea port of Odesa, which he said is contributing to a global food crisis. He has a point: the war has all but eliminated Ukraine’s massive exports of wheat and cooking oils, most of which leave through Odesa. At the same time, Western sanctions and local export restrictions have decreased Russia’s own sizable exports of grain, oils, and fertilizers. All of this has driven global food prices to record highs, stoking political unrest in places like Indonesia, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, while also threatening to push as many as 44 million more people into famine around the globe this year. Zelensky’s appeal came as Russia intensified its aerial attacks on Odesa. If Russia is able to take the strategic port, the way would be clear for it to continue westward to the Moldovan border, landlocking Ukraine entirely.

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