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      EU heads gather to discuss new leadership in wake of far-right election successes – Europe live

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 13:14


    The 27 heads of state and government meet for the first time since European elections and Macron’s decision to call snap vote in France

    Ahead of the summit, leaders are meeting bilaterally and in small groups.

    Latvia’s prime minister, Evika Siliņa , said Ursula von der Leyen has her “full support” for a second term as European Commission president.

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      EU passes law to restore 20% of bloc’s land and sea by end of decade

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 11:03

    Narrow win for supporters after fierce farmers’ protests, loss of green seats to far right and political wrangling

    The EU has passed a landmark law to protect nature after a knife-edge vote, ending a months-long deadlock among member states spooked by fierce protests from farmers.

    The law, which has proven to be the most controversial pillar of the European Green Deal and nearly failed at the final hurdle, sets a target to restore at least 20% of the EU’s land and sea by the end of the decade.

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      Russia-Ukraine war live: Nato in talks to put more nuclear weapons on standby, says Stoltenberg

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 08:06

    Secretary general says move would ‘communicate the direct message’ to Russia that Nato is a nuclear alliance

    A building was destroyed after Russian troops attacked a children’s recreation facility in the Shevchenkiv district of Kharkiv , the mayor of the city, Igor Terekhov, said last night. No casualties were reported.

    Speaking at the end of the two-day Ukraine peace summit in Switzerland, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy , yesterday suggested the military situation had “stabilised” in Kharkiv, the north-eastern region subject to fierce bombardment from advancing Russian forces .

    I won’t go into operational details about how many nuclear warheads should be operational and which should be stored, but we need to consult on these issues. That’s exactly what we’re doing.

    Transparency helps to communicate the direct message that we, of course, are a nuclear alliance.

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      From LED bulbs to living plants: German theatre tackles climate crisis on and off stage

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 07:49

    With tickets doubling as public transport passes and recycled props, Hans Otto Theater is embracing a €3m federal project to make culture climate neutral

    A handful of Spanish conquistadors fight through thick undergrowth to emerge in the ivy-clad ruins of a fallen civilisation during a rehearsal of Austrian playwright Thomas Köck’s Your Palaces Are Empty.

    Premiered last month at the Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam, south-west of Berlin, the bleak and unforgiving drama probes the wounds of a shattered capitalist world that has exploited its people and the planet’s resources.

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      Labour would try to improve UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with EU, says Reeves

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 07:13

    Shadow chancellor’s remarks mark shift in tone for party, which has preferred to not talk about Brexit so far

    Labour would try to improve elements of the UK’s trade deal with the EU, Rachel Reeves has indicated, saying also that most financial services companies have “not regarded Brexit as being a great opportunity for their businesses”.

    While Labour remains committed to not making any major changes to Brexit, the shadow chancellor’s comments show the party could nonetheless make more policy moves on EU trade links than previously believed.

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      Pongo Calling review – Roma lorry driver turns viral activist after political persecution

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 06:00 · 1 minute

    Film-maker Tomáš Kratochvíl follows the story of Czech-Mancunian trucker turned activist Štefan Pongo

    Centring on an ordinary man with extraordinary determination, Tomáš Kratochvíl’s documentary shows how one simple video can ignite a revolutionary movement. After emigrating to the UK nearly 15 years ago, Czech Roma lorry driver Štefan Pongo built a new life for himself and his family in Manchester. At the same time, the persecution faced by his community never strayed far from Pongo’s mind. After hearing a speech in which Miloš Zeman, then the president of the Czech Republic, claimed that 90% of the Roma people were “socially unadaptable” and resistant to work, Pongo started a viral appeal online where he and countless other Roma compatriots posted selfies of themselves at their workplaces.

    The appeal was straightforward, yet hugely impactful. Its aim was to battle harmful stereotypes thrust upon Roma people, which Pongo himself had experienced first-hand from a young age. In one particularly painful anecdote, he mentioned his primary school teacher rubbing his arms in front of the whole class to demonstrate how “dirty” the Roma are. As Pongo took a leadership role in the fight for Romani rights, his activism also translated into real-world actions, organising protest rallies in Brussels, and travelling to rural Slovenia to deliver aid to the most vulnerable in the community.

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      In Sweden, a far-right assault on the media is undermining the Nordic model | Martin Gelin

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 06:00

    From troll farms to racist hate speech, nationalists’ bullying tactics are having a chilling effect on political journalism

    Employees at Sweden’s national news channel, TV4, were last month told to avoid wearing clothing or badges that might identify their employer’s logo in public. The security risk was deemed too big. The advice was made in response to increased threats against the station and its reporters after its investigative programme, Kalla Fakta (Cold Facts), alleged that the far-right Sweden Democrats – the second biggest party in Sweden – operated a vast network of anonymous social media accounts, coordinating attacks on political opponents and the media.

    Sweden is one of the world’s strongest democracies, with very high levels of trust in its media and political institutions. But journalists covering domestic politics now have to fear for their safety.

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      Photoespaña: the exhibition where the staging is as impressive as the art

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 06:00

    Madrid’s yearly photography festival has shone light on new photographers, established industry names, and artists whose work has gone unrecognised for decades

    By the end of September, PhotoEspaña , Madrid’s yearly photography festival, will have hosted more than 80 exhibitions featuring the work of nearly 300 photographers and visual artists. Shows by established figures such as Elliott Erwitt, Paloma Navares, David Goldblatt and Erwin Olaf lead a roster that also includes less familiar names, Lúa Ribeira, the Widline Cadet and Consuelo Kanaga among them.

    Above: Erwin Olaf’s Narratives of emancipation, desire and intimacy at Fernan Gomez cultural centre. Photograph: La Fabrica. Right: Boris Savelev’s Viewfinder – A way of looking, at the Serrería Belga. Photograph: Oak Taylor Smith

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      Ursula von der Leyen on track to keep job after EU elections boost

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 04:00

    Macron’s move to call snap elections also seen as helping commission president’s bid for second term

    Ursula von der Leyen is on track to remain for a second term as president of the European Commission, as EU leaders meet on Monday for a first discussion on divvying up the bloc’s top jobs.

    The EU’s 27 heads of state and government will gather for dinner in Brussels in their first group meeting since European elections last week boosted nationalist and far-right parties and triggered Emmanuel Macron to call snap elections in France .

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