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      European far-right leaders gather ahead of EU elections

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 18:09

    Le Pen, Orbán and Meloni rail against socialism and ‘massive illegal migration’ at ‘great patriotic convention’ in Madrid

    International far-right leaders, including France’s Marine Le Pen, Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, Italy’s Giorgia Meloni and Argentina’s Javier Milei, came together in Madrid to rail against socialism and “massive illegal migration” three weeks before hard-right parties are expected to see a surge in support in June’s European elections .

    Sunday’s “great patriotic convention”, which was organised by Spain’s far-right Vox party, offered conservatives and far-right populists a chance to congregate and take aim at a variety of familiar targets, from the welfare state to “wokeness” and the agendas of Brussels-based bureaucrats.

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      Limonov: The Ballad review – Ben Whishaw brilliant as Russia’s outlaw bohemian

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 14:48 · 1 minute

    Cannes film festival
    Eduard Limonov’s bizarre career, from rebel émigré writer in New York to leader of a fascistic, militaristic political group, is told with gusto by Kirill Serebrennikov

    Fascism, punk, euphoria and despair … it’s all here, or mostly, in this hilarious biopic of Eduard Limonov , the rock’n’roll émigré Russian writer and patriot-dissident who wound up poverty-stricken in New York at about the same time as Sid Vicious. Limonov (a pen name taken from the Russian word “limonka”, meaning lime but also slang for grenade) became an angry bohemian, a sexual outlaw, a celebrated adulte terrible in French literary circles in the 80s, railing against the prissy liberals and mincing hypocrites. Then he returned to Russia and became the leader of a violent group called the National Bolshevik Party. Tactfully, nobody here points out the similarity to “national socialist party”. It was if someone had given Michel Houellebecq a machine gun.

    Ben Whishaw gives a glorious performance as Limonov - funny, dour, crazy, sexy, boiling with unhappiness and apparently bipolar (although this diagnosis is something else that doesn’t seriously occur to anyone). And maybe always, at the back of his mind, worried that his writing is not good enough to make him immortal, and that posing, PR, situationist outrage and political violence are his real vocation. Inevitably his autobiographical fictions are compared by a New York publisher to Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (Limonov says he hasn’t seen it), but he winds up being a grizzled conflation of Ed Norton and Brad Pitt in Fight Club.

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      ‘Proud and happy’: Ukrainians embrace Oleksandr Usyk’s boxing victory

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 14:46

    People in Kyiv and Kharkiv celebrate win in world heavyweight unification fight as symbolic achievement for the country

    From the capital, Kyiv, to the heavily attacked region of Kharkiv, news of Oleksandr Usyk ’s win over Tyson Fury brought war-weary Ukrainians a rare and very welcome moment of victory and celebration.

    Usyk, who became the first undisputed world heavyweight champion this century after his victory in Riyadh in the early hours of Sunday, said his triumph did not belong to him alone.

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      Two dead and five missing after boat collision near Budapest

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 12:00

    Hungarian police called to scene of accident on shore of the River Danube near Veroce

    Hungarian police say two people have died and five are missing following a boat collision on the Danube.

    Hungarian police received a report late on Saturday night that a man had been found bleeding from his head on the shore of the river near the town of Veroce, about 30 miles (50km) north of the capital, Budapest.

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      Slovak PM Robert Fico out of immediate danger four days after shooting, says deputy

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 10:53

    Fico remains in intensive care but has ‘emerged from immediate threat to his life’, Robert Kaliňák tells reporters

    Slovakia’s prime minister, Robert Fico, is out of immediate danger but remains in intensive care four days after he was shot by a gunman, the country’s deputy prime minister has said.

    “He has emerged from the immediate threat to his life, but his condition remains serious and he requires intensive care,” Robert Kaliňák, Fico’s closest political ally, told reporters.

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      ‘Shouldn’t we be proud?’: new Stalin statues symbolise Georgia’s battle to control the past as well as the present

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 08:00

    Trend is being linked to Kremlin-inspired ‘foreign influence’ bill that has led to huge street protests

    Vasil Berdzenishvili, 47, was happy to take a moment out from washing his car to talk about Joseph Stalin. He looked across at the bronze bust of the Soviet leader next to the slide in the children’s park and nodded.

    Yes, he was pleased that his village of Mukhrani, 30 miles north of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, had honoured this man. “There were plus and minuses but he was very powerful, the most powerful, he won a war, a generalissimo – and he was Georgian,” he beamed.

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      German star at Cannes condemns ‘madness’ of protective culture for UK child actors

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 07:00

    Cast member of Palme d’Or contender shot in Kent says the high number of chaperones and intimacy coordinators on set was over the top

    Is Britain leading the way in protecting young people and children from the potential traumas of working on a film set, or has it all gone far too far? Two of the most prominent European stars attending the Cannes film festival, both with high-profile premieres, have very different views.

    Franz Rogowski, the acclaimed German actor who plays a key role in Bird , British director Andrea Arnold’s contender for the top Palme d’Or prize, said this weekend that the proliferation of chaperones and intimacy coordinators that had been required on the shoot on location in Kent qualified as well-intended “madness”.

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      Eurostar reverses wheelchair policy that left user stranded, after Observer campaign

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 05:00

    Passengers were left abandoned and humiliated after operator banned staff from providing assistance

    Eurostar has reversed a new accessibility policy that left a wheelchair user stranded and has retrained its London staff following pressure from the Observer .

    Travellers with disabilities claimed that they would be barred from Eurostar services after the company banned its London staff from pushing passenger wheelchairs . Those who require assistance were told they must travel with a companion or cancel their ticket if they were unable to access services unaided, according to passengers who contacted the Observer .

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      ‘Modern death is clinical, antiseptic’: the festival that wants to revive the Irish wake

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 04:00

    Artists, singers, writers and scholars gather in County Mayo as a ‘clarion call’ to protect the rite of passage they believe is under threat

    It was a scene once common in homes across Ireland : a body in an open coffin surrounded by family, friends and acquaintances who shared stories, sang songs, ate sandwiches, and sipped tea or perhaps something stronger. Over three days they bade farewell to the dead in humanity’s oldest rite.

    The Irish wake is part of a tradition practised in some form by every culture dating back thousands of years, a ritual to comfort the bereaved and acknowledge loss.

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