World View Podcast: UK’s battle for No 10 heats up

Latest podcast also looks at German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s rallying cry for Europe

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour party,  is proving more competent and appealing than many had expected during the British general election campaign. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour party, is proving more competent and appealing than many had expected during the British general election campaign. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

 

In election campaign mode, Jeremy Corbyn is proving more competent and appealing than many had expected.

British prime minister Theresa May, meanwhile, is undermining her own message of strength and stability with a series of campaign missteps and unassured media performances.

But will it be enough to swing the election on Labour’s favour? Not likely, says our London Editor Denis Staunton, on this week’s World View podcast - but the post-election political landscape could look a lot different than envisaged by May when she called the snap election.

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An overreaction

And Chancellor Angela Merkel’s remarks about the future of Europe - that Europeans should no longer rely on traditional allies - have been criticised in some quarters as an overreaction to the black swan presidency of Donald Trump.

But with the stakes this high it is right for her to start this debate, says our Europe Editor Patrick Smyth.

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