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World and Press August 1

August 1 2022 • No 15 • 74th Year of Publication • Original Pressetexte aus britischen und US-amerikanischen Medien € 2,50 [d] Sprachtraining • Landeskunde • Vokabelhilfen • Übungsmaterial USA • Pollution: Why can’t smoggy Southern California improve air quality? Page 5 NEWS & TOPICS • Science: Plants grow in lunar soil brought to Earth by Apollo astronauts Page 9 B2–C2 Liebe Leserinnen und Leser, lange konnten wir die Preise für unsere Sprachzeitungen stabil halten. Aber die Erhöhung von Papier- und Druckkosten ist leider auch an uns nicht vorübergegangen. Wir müssen deshalb unsere Preise zum 1.9.2022 anpassen. Sie finden alle neuen Preise auf www.sprachzeitungen.de Laufende Abos werden selbstverständlich nicht nachbelastet. Weiterhin viel Spaß beim Lesen unserer Sprachzeitungen wünscht Ihnen Ihr Sprachzeitungsteam | Photo: Picture Alliance By Jaweed Kaleem and Christina Boyle 1 IT’S BEENdubbed “the long goodbye.” Boris Johnson, the rumpled, brazen prime minister who in his naysayer-defying career led Conservatives to a historic win, ushered in a new style of British politicking, and pulled his nation out of the European Union, finally came tumbling down this week under the weight of insurmountable scandals and dozens of resignations by his ministers. 2 But Johnson, who, after refusing for days to step down, relented Thursday, will remain in office while the ruling Conservative Party chooses his successor, a process that could take weeks or even months. It will be a painfully slow departure for a man whose already shaky reputation was further chipped away this year after revelations of boozy parties at his official residence during COVID lockdowns and, more recently, his botched responses after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against a lawmaker whom he promoted to an upper-level government job. Universities in England have been rebuked for awarding far too many first-class degrees. Regulators accuse the sector of undermining its own reputation. Read more on pag e 6 PRIME MINISTER Johnson will remain in office while the ruling Conservative Party chooses his successor. In London, the Elizabeth line is ready to roll. According to managers, the long-awaited high-speed train is a testament to the power of public transportation. Read more on pag e 7 Boris Johnson leaves complicated legacy after resigning – but he’s not done yet Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing his resignation outside 10 Downing Street on July 7, 2022, in London. | Photo: Carl Court/ Getty Images | Logo: Transport for London 3 Johnson has promised to be a lame duck. His office said he would “not seek to implement new policies or make major changes of direction” in Britain while he awaits his replacement in 10 Downing St. That leaves his nation largely treading water as it confronts a cost-of-living crisis, a wave of labor strikes this summer, grim predictions of a recession, and the ongoing war in Ukraine. 4 But many Britons are equally exhausted by Johnson’s premiership, a nonstop trail of drama and chaos since he essentially ousted then-Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019, through a similar party revolt, with a pledge to “get Brexit done.” While voters then were hungry for Johnson’s undoubted communication skills, bubbly optimism, and celebrity persona – a combination not often found in British politicians – many now are eager for someone who exhibits the seriousness, integrity, and grasp of policy they expect from their leader in such trying times. 5 “Boris was an unconventional politician who came in during an unconventional moment in British politics,” said Matthew Flinders, a politics professor at the University of Sheffield. “A window opened up, and Boris was able to slide through it.” “But now we’re in a different time,” Flinders added, citing a “craving for a more sensible, calm, delivery-focused” leader. Continued on page 12 €2,80 [a] CHF4,50 [ch] 0 LEGACY“"leg´si‘ Vermächtnis — to resign zurücktreten; s.w.u. resignation “ÆrezIg"neIS´n‘ Rücktritt — in office im Amt — to rule regieren — successor “s´k"ses´‘ Nachfolger(in) 1 to dub nennen — rumpled zerzaust; zerknittert — brazen schamlos — naysayer-defying allen Schwarzmalern trotzend — to usher in (fig) einläuten — politicking “"pÅl´tIkIN‘ Politikstil — to tumble down (fig) stürzen — insurmountable “ÆIns´"maUnt´b´l‘ unüberwindbar 2 to step down zurücktreten — to relent “-"-‘ einlenken — shaky ins Wanken geraten — to chip away (fig) ankratzen — revelation Enthüllung — boozy feuchtfröhlich — botched stümperhaft; misslungen — allegation “ÆœlI"geIS´n‘ Anschuldigung — misconduct “mI"skÅndøkt‘ Verfehlung; h.: Übergriffe — to surface bekannt werden — lawmaker Abgeordnete(r) — to promote befördern 3 lame duck (fig) Premierminister(in) auf Abruf — to seek anstreben — to implement “"ImplIment‘ umsetzen — to tread water “tred‘ (fig) nicht vorankommen — cost of living Lebenshaltungskosten — labor strike Streik — grim düster — prediction Prognose — ongoing anhaltend 4 equally “"i…kw´li‘ ebenso — exhausted “Ig"zO… stId‘ erschöpft — premiership “"premi´SIp‘ Amtszeit als Premierminister(in) — trail h.: Aneinanderreihung — to oust “aUst‘ aus dem Amt drängen — pledge Versprechen — undoubted unbestritten — bubbly lebendig; quirlig — to exhibit “Ig"zIbIt‘ erkennen lassen — seriousness “"sI´ri´sn´s‘ Seriosität — grasp Verständnis — trying schwierig 5 – 6 to slide through durchschlüpfen — to cite anführen — craving Verlangen; s.w.u. to crave s.th. nach etw. gieren — delivery-focused ergebnisorientiert —

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