News of the Week: 4 – 10 December 2016


A summary of the week’s main stories


December 4


Britain is 50 – 90% Asian, say schoolchildren [paywall]  – The Times

Evidence gathered by Dame Louise Casey reveals how some Muslims are cut off from the rest of Britain with their own housing estates, schools and television channels


December 5


“Worrying levels” of segregation in Britain – BBC

Segregation and social exclusion are at “worrying levels” and are fuelling inequality in some areas of Britain


Van der Bellen wins Austrian presidential poll (BBC)

Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer has lost Austria’s presidential election


Italy’s Renzi resigns following referendum defeat – BBC

Renzi announced he was stepping down after his constitution reform plan was rejected by voters


December 6


Merkel calls for Burqa ban, promises never to repeat “open-door” refugee policy – The Telegraph

Angela Merkel has called for a burka ban in Germany and pledged never to repeat her “open-door” refugee policy of 2015


Man convicted of funding Belgium terrorist attacks – BBC

A jury convicted Zakaria Boufassil, from Birmingham, of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism


Casey Review: Muslim communities remain isolated because men keep marrying abroad – The Telegraph

Dame Louise Casey said that there is a “first generation in every generation” phenomenon in Muslim communities which is acting as a “bar” to integration


December 7


37% of people in UK say they no longer feel at home where they live because of immigration – YouGov

Significant numbers of people in Britain and across Europe say that immigration has meant they no longer feel at home


Brexit could see migration from the EU fall by 150,000 a year, according to major new report – The Telegraph

While low-income workers would get a pay boost


December 8


Paris woos London banks – BBC

Some major banks are in advanced stages of planning to shift some operations from London to Paris


Marine Le Pen: no free school for illegal migrants in France – BBC

“If you come to our country don’t expect to be taken care of, to be looked after, that your children will be educated without charge”


December 9


Conservatives win Sleaford by-election, Labour come fourth – BBC

Labour were pushed into fourth behind UKIP and the Lib Dems


UK could cut taxes and take on EU if it tries to punish UK for Brexit – The Telegraph

Britain is prepared to take on the EU and compete for business by slashing taxes if France takes a “hostile” position during negotiations


Geert Wilders found guilty of incitement – BBC

No penalty was imposed by the court near Amsterdam on Wilders, whose party is leading in polls ahead of parliamentary elections in March


December 10


Islamic State re-enter Palmyra, Syria – BBC

IS fighters re-entered Palmyra nine months after losing the ancient Syrian desert city


Nigel Farage could be made advisor to Donald Trump in informal role – The Telegraph

Senior Republicans have suggested Farage might advise Trump in an informal role