The World This Week

Fuel shortages, France's deal with Greece, WHO sexual abuse in DRC, Volcano eruption in La Palma


The first of October means Britain is taking back control. As of this Friday, European travellers to post-Brexit Great Britain can no longer bring a simple ID card – they will have to show a passport. However, as petrol shortages continue, tempers are running short as lines get long. This Friday, around one quarter of British service stations ran dry, leading to scenes of shouting, fist fights and motorists hoarding fuel in water bottles.


After France's disappointment over Australia's surprise cancellation of that €50 billion submarine contract and the shutting out of Paris from a US-led Indo-Pacific military alliance, France found itself a new deal. A measure of consolation came on Tuesday with France announcing the sale of three frigates to Greece. Emmanuel Macron has been selling the deal as a step on the road to Europe's strategic autonomy.

Also in the show, we talk about the best and worst of the United Nations making headlines this week. Seven UN staff members have been expelled from Ethiopia after the world body called out the "de facto blockade" of war-torn Tigray which puts civilians in that rebel province at the risk of starvation. Meanwhile, an internal probe conducted last year within the UN's World Health Organization confirmed that more than 80 aid workers, including 23 WHO staff members, were suspected of sexual abuse while fighting the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Finally, as the world grapples over blue passports or flexed muscles in the South China Sea, the Cumbre Vieja volcano reminds us that humanity's power plays don't amount to a hill of beans when Mother Nature decides to rumble into action and show its true force. 

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Sophie Pizzimenti and Imen Mellaz

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