London, the "Big Smoke," is the capital of the United Kingdom and the second largest city in Europe. From Brixton to Big Ben and Bethnal Green to Heathrow, there is always something brewing in the "Great Wen."
Samuel Johnson is quoted too often for writing that "when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life," but the truth is that the British capital exhausts several million men and women - workers, tourists and the unemployed alike - on a daily basis. The city's comprehensive Underground moves 1.3 billion passengers per year over 402 kilometers of track, for just one metric of London's massiveness. And the 8.5 million people who call greater London home always have something to complain about – except having nothing to do.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network "made mistakes" that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited during the last US presidential campaign. A British firm, Cambridge Analytica, is at the center of the controversy. From London Stephen Beard reports on the scandal engulfing a hitherto little known British company:
In an exclusive interview with DW's Zhanna Nemtsova, UK Foreign Secretary Johnson explains why London thinks Russia is responsible for the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal, citing "bitter" experiences with the Kremlin.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled a package of punitive measures in retaliation for the attempted murder of a former Russian double agent and his daughter on British soil. The British government claims that Sergei and Yulia Skripal were attacked with a deadly nerve agent developed by Russia. The Kremlin denies any involvement in the attack. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
The European Council president has warned the UK against destabilizing the peace process in Northern Ireland. If London failed to provide a "realistic solution" to the border question, Brexit talks would likely flounder.