Most Americans say Germans tackled coronavirus better than US: report

While 66 percent said Berlin responded well to pandemic, 47 percent said the same of Washington.

Most Americans say Germans tackled coronavirus better than US: report

A large majority of Americans say Germany and South Korea did a good or excellent job in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, while a minority say the same about the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center survey published Wednesday.

While 66 percent expressed approval of the coronavirus response from Berlin and Seoul, only 47 percent said Washington has been handling the crisis well.

But the verdict on America’s performance was highly partisan, with 27 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents saying they were satisfied with the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, compared with 71 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

Americans took a dimmer view of the response elsewhere. Thirty-four percent of those polled said Italy had handled the crisis well, and 33 percent said the same of China. Forty-seven percent disapproved of Britain’s response, while 49 percent said the U.K. performed well.

Fifty-six percent of Democrats said they thought the U.S. would have less influence in global affairs after the coronavirus crisis, versus 8 percent of Republicans.

The survey polled 10,957 U.S. adults between April 29 and May 5.

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Cost of keeping UK MPs safe skyrocketed: report

Heightened security measures put down to Brexit divisions and terrorist threats.

Cost of keeping UK MPs safe skyrocketed: report

The cost of ensuring the security of British MPs rose from £171,000 in 2015 to £4.5 million in 2018, at least in part because of the divisive Brexit debate, according to a report out today.

The latest Parliamentary Monitor report from the Institute for Government think tank says that “after deeply divisive debates in parliament about British military involvement in Syria in late 2015, the National Police Chiefs’ Council recommended that all MPs adopt a standard package of security measures.”

“Tragically, the reality of the threat faced by MPs was demonstrated by the murder of Jo Cox [a pro-Remain Labour MP who was murdered by a far-right extremist days before the Brexit referendum].”

The report also says that the 2017 “terrorist attack on the Palace of Westminster … in which six people were killed, further underlined the importance of security measures.”

Beyond security costs, the report identified several characteristics of the 2015-2018 period in Westminster to support its argument that “Brexit, combined with minority government, had a profound and detrimental effect on the relationship between the government and parliament, and pushed parliamentary procedure to its limit.”

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