It may be because the EU just celebrated its 60th anniversary or perhaps it’s the effect of the first stirrings of spring; either way, there’s a renewed pro-EU spirit on the continent, even as the UK prepares to leave the bloc. Positive economic news has certainly helped and the Dutch vote that kept the virulent anti-EU rhetoric of Geert Wilders at bay has emboldened many to the idea that France may also reject the far right. The question now is whether this will stoke conciliatory – or, at least, less emotionally fraught – feelings towards the UK as exit negotiations begin. What's certain is that the UK still has a lot of charming to do across Europe and should be prepared for much shuttle diplomacy in the coming months.
On the blink
Television viewers in Hong Kong will soon be able to tune into two new channels. ViuTV’s free-to-air English language network is set to launch on Friday – a year after the new broadcaster unveiled its local language equivalent – and come May, Fantastic TV will debut its Cantonese channel. The reception is likely to be mixed. Entertainment channel ViuTV will air outsourced news and foreign programming to fulfil its licence obligations, which will struggle to appeal to expats who have a Netflix subscription; Fantastic TV’s future is already in doubt as its owner looks to offload its loss-making entertainment arm. Hong Kong’s turbulent TV industry is a far cry from its 1980s heyday when local stars transfixed the region. Dominant player TVB recently fought off a Chinese takeover attempt but the target was its historic programming rather than its current shows. With the private sector in peril, incoming HK leader Carrie Lam might consider investing more of Hong Kong’s annual surplus in building up public broadcaster RTHK.
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