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World and Press March 1

March 1 2022 • No 5 • 74th Year of Publication • Original Pressetexte aus britischen und US-amerikanischen Medien € 2,50 [d] Sprachtraining • Landeskunde • Vokabelhilfen • Übungsmaterial IN FOCUS • Opinion: Social media is a bad feelings machine • Ireland: Sinn Féin could complete a seismic shift in Irish politics Pages 2/3 USA • Military: Crackdown on ‘questionable tattoos’ to combat extremism • Climate: New natural gas plants in Illinois Pages 4/5 BRITAIN • Energy: Undersea cables connect Britain to green energy • Literature: Saving a lost library of works by the Brontë sisters Pages 6/7 B2–C2 OTHER TOPICS • Science: James Webb Space Telescope launches on mission • Education: Skilled trades are making a comeback • Film: ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ directed by Joel Coen Pages 8/11/15 Zusatzmaterial zu dieser Ausgabe. Im Abo PREMIUM sehr viel günstiger! für nur € 5,95 Jetzt im Einzelverkauf www.sprachzeitungen.de €2,80 [a] CHF4,50 [ch] | Photo: Getty Images By Eshe Nelson 1 FOR THE past few weeks, Vincent Snowball hasn’t needed to use the weekly food bank that runs out of a church near Liverpool’s city center. But he’s still there each Tuesday, laying out The classic BlackBerry has retired. As a pioneer of on-the-go email it reigned supreme in the days when physical keyboards had yet to yield to touchscreens. Read more on pag e 10 0 – 1 TIGHTknapp — cost of living Lebenshaltungskosten — to cut back s. einschränken — food bank Tafel — to lay out auslegen — fabric swatches “"swÅtS´s‘ Stoffmuster — upholstering “øp"h´Ulst´rIN‘ Polstern 2 to force zwingen — modest “"mÅdIst‘ bescheiden — expenses Ausgaben — pace Tempo — to refer to s.th. von etw. sprechen — ubiquitous “ju…"bIkwIt´s‘ allgegenwärtig — troubling beunruhigend fabric swatches to advertise his upholstering services, and to socialize with the people he grew up with. 2 Like many people across Britain, Snowball, 61, has been forced to cut down his already modest expenses to stabilize his finances. King George III, the king who lost America, was neither mad nor bad. Americans today deserve a more nuanced account of their nation’s origins. Read more on pag e 13 From Liverpool to London, tighter wallets and colder homes COST OF LIVING In Britain, prices are rising at the fastest pace in decades. People on the lowest incomes are running out of ways to cut back. Volunteers pack bags at a food bank at St. Andrew’s Church in the Earlsfield neighborhood of London. | Photo: Mary Turner/The New York Times Prices are rising at their fastest pace in three decades. “I go to Tesco and I get a shock,” he said, referring to Britain’s ubiquitous supermarket chain. The prices there are “troubling,” he said. Instead he shops at Aldi, the rapidly growing chain that claims to be | Image: Getty Images the cheapest supermarket in Britain. 3 Prices are rising steeply in the United States and across Europe, driven by rising energy costs and supply-chain issues triggered by the easing of pandemic rules. But in Britain, there is a fear that sharply escalating heat and electricity bills, combined with food inflation, will push millions more into poverty. 4 The Bank of England on Thursday lifted interest rates for the second time in two months – moving before the Federal Reserve or the European Central Bank. But policymakers acknowledge there is little they can do about the global factors driving inflation. 5 Up and down the country, people are turning their heat down or off, switching to cheaper supermarkets, taking fewer car trips, cutting out takeout and restaurant meals, and abandoning plans for vacations. Thursday brought more painful news when the government’s price cap on energy bills was raised by 54%, or about £700 annually, reflecting high global prices for natural gas. The increase will affect 22 million households beginning in April. That same month, a large rise in National Insurance, a payroll tax that finances the National Health Service, among other things, will also take effect, further shrinking take-home pay. 6 Although inflation is expected to peak in April, at 7.25%, Bank of England economists say household finances will continue to erode: For the next two years, household incomes after inflation and taxes will be less than the year before, the bank said. Continued on page 12 3 – 4 steeply steil — supply-chain issues Lieferkettenprobleme — easing Lockerung — to escalate “"esk´leIt‘ ansteigen — food inflation Inflation bei den Lebensmittelpreisen — to lift anheben — Federal Reserve US-Notenbank — policymaker Entscheidungsträger(in) — to acknowledge “´k"nÅ lIdZ‘ einräumen — to drive ankurbeln 5 to cut s.th. out auf etw. verzichten — to abandon “´"bœnd´n‘ aufgeben — price cap Preisobergrenze — annually “"œnju´li‘ jährlich — natural gas Erdgas — to affect betreffen — National Insurance “In"SO…r´ns‘ brit. Sozialversicherung — payroll tax h.: Sozialversicherungsbeitrag — to take effect in Kraft treten — to shrink schrumpfen lassen — take-home pay Nettolohn 6 – 7 to peak den Höchststand erreichen — economist Volkswirt(in) — household finances h.: verfügbares Einkommen der Privathaushalte — to erode schwinden

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