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Weekly update: Eurovision, EU travel refusals, trade news, public philosophy lecture


It’s been a rough week for German and British fans of cheesy music, as the two countries finished second last and last respectively at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest last Saturday. The contest was won by Italian rock band Måneskin.

Eurovision 2021 scoreboard. Photo: Si los números cantaran via Facebook

EU travel refusals

The number of EU citizens refused entry at the UK border in the first three months of 2021 has skyrocketed. As many as 3,294 EU citizens (including 22 Germans) were blocked from entering the UK in the first quarter of 2021, in what has been described as an early sign of the impact of the end of freedom of movement between the UK and EU.


China has overtaken Germany as the UK’s top import market for the first time since records began. Goods imported from China rose 66% from the start of 2018 to £16.9bn ($24bn) in the first quarter of this year, while imports from Germany fell by a quarter to £12.5bn in the same period. The change came as trade with the European Union was disrupted by Brexit and the pandemic boosted demand for Chinese goods.

Public philosophy lecture

On Tuesday 1 June at 18:30 BST (19:30 CET), Dr Peter Verovšek (University of Sheffield) is presenting an online talk about the impact of philosophy on public policy in the UK and Germany. The event, titled ‘Direct Engagement or Discursive Impact?: Public Philosophy in the United Kingdom and Germany’ is free to attend, but registration is required.


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