Nazi design exhibition in Netherlands raises fears of glorification

Visitors have been asked not to share photographs of exhibits including Arno Breker statue An exhibition of Nazi design has opened in the Netherlands to protests and a request for visitors to the museum not to take and share photographs for fear of the exhibits being glorified on social media. The Museum of Design in Den Bosch is showcasing sculpture by Adolf Hitlers favourite artist, Arno Breker, a 1943 VW Beetle, photos and Leni Riefenstahl films from the era, in what is being billed as the first great exposition of the Design of the Third Reich. Running for five months, the exhibition has been criticised by the Association of Dutch Anti-fascists, which has called in vain for local authorities to …

The last thing my city needs is Woody Allen selling us to the world | Mikel Agirre-Maskariano

San Sebastin is already under strain from overtourism. With Allen shooting a film here, the city could become a victim of its success, says the geographer Mikel Agirre-Maskariano Summertime in San Sebastin rekindled the annual debate about the strains created by excessive tourism. This year, though, residents of the Basque provincial capital have also had to put up with our city being turned into the latest film set. The movie, Rifkins Festival, is about a couple who fall in love while in town for the San Sebastin film festival, drawing on the annual event (this years begins on 20 September) as the backdrop to a romantic comedy. At a time when Allen is being film, the veteran director has seemingly …

Why The Third Man is an essential primer for no-deal Brexit

As the classic noir gets a 70th anniversary re-release, its hard to ignore the parallels between a shattered postwar Vienna teeming with spivs and the future the Brexiters have in mind What perfect timing for The Third Man to step back out of the shadows. Often hailed as the finest film Britain ever made, a 70th anniversary re-release will see it return to cinemas with the government much in the market for symbols of national grandeur. While Boris Johnson has named his favourite film as Dodgeball for once, eerily believable as the great British breakdown goes on it is easy to imagine him waving a tiny Union Jack at Carol Reeds majestic noir. It is true, of course, that there …

Four wheels bad, but three sehr gut. Germans climb aboard cargo bikes

As Berlin tries to switch to greener transport, people are choosing the bike, not the electric car and its becoming a status symbol In a fashionable corner of the capital of Germany, Europes car nation, parents picking up or dropping off their offspring have lined the edge of a popular playground with luxury vehicles. There are summery convertibles, wood-panelled multi-seaters and slim racers but none of them has four wheels. Jan Edler, an architect, has picked up his son Laszlo from daycare with a Bullitt, a Danish-built cargo bike with a platform spacious enough to fit the one-year-old and the daily grocery shopping. The family car, he says, has been gathering rust ever since he invested in the aluminium-framed two-wheeler, …

Molotov-Ribbentrop: why is Moscow trying to justify Nazi pact?

Exhibition about Soviet-Nazi treaty, signed on 23 August 1939, seeks to turn spotlight on wests behaviour in 1930s Eighty years after the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed a non-aggression treaty dividing Europe into spheres of influence, Russia has put the original Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and its secret protocol on public display. Alongside the pact at the exhibition at Russias State Archives in Moscow are documents spanning from the 1938 Munich agreement and occupation of Czechoslovakia until the outbreak of war, which organisers say confirm Soviet fears that the west sought to redirect German aggression toward Moscow. The message to Europe is clear: everyone was at it. Russias foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, who spoke at the exhibitions opening this week, made …

Through Our Eyes pictures taken by young migrants in Greece

Teenage asylum seekers document daily life in a camp on Samos Island This collection of photographs taken by teenage asylum seekers in Samos offers an intimate and powerful portrait of the hardship they face at the islands refugee camp, which was built for 650 people but is home to more than 4,000. The camp is one of five registration centres, or hotspots, for asylum seekers on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Original Article : HERE ;

‘World’s tallest work of public art’ to land on Belgian motorway

A 250-tonne steel arc twice as high as the statue of Jesus in Rio will stand over busy E411 A Belgian motorway has been confirmed as the site of what is being billed as the worlds tallest public artwork, which at 60 metres will be twice as high as the statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro and taller than the Statue of Liberty. Arc Majeur, an imposing 250-tonne steel structure, will stand over the busy E411 between the city of Namur and Luxembourg, a spot chosen partly on the basis that a drivers view will be unencumbered by any lampposts. The sculpture is not expected to be formally inaugurated until October but the installation of its main sections will …

Andrea Camilleri, beloved creator of Inspector Montalbano, dies aged 93

One of Italys most popular authors, Camilleri wrote 23 novels starring his Sicilian detective, selling more than 30m copies around the world One of Italys most popular authors and creator of the Inspector Montalbano series, Andrea Camilleri has died at the age of 93. Camilleri, who was born in Sicily in 1925, was taken to hospital in Rome in June after going into cardiac arrest. The author had written a handful of historical novels when, in 1994 at the age of almost 70, he wrote The Shape of Water, the first book starring his now famous Sicilian detective. Set in the fictional town of Vigata, Camilleri was originally going to call his central detective The Commissioner, but decided to pay …

Tsipras rallies faithful but Greece is set to reject his radical dream

Charismatic prime minister was once a hero of progressives but is likely to lose election after years of political compromise In Syntagma Square, all the way from the grubby marble stairs opposite the Greek parliament down to the bottom of the plaza, people have gathered. Some are holding flags the red, white and purple flags of Syriza, the once-radical leftist party whose leader they have come to hear. Hip-hop thunders from giant speakers. The air is heavy and hot. An expectant crowd has been kept waiting for over an hour in temperatures turbocharged by massive spotlights. By the time Alexis Tsipras appears, many are sweating profusely. Still they roar their approval. The countdown has begun. This is the embattled prime …

Requiescat in pace: Finland’s Yle radio axes Latin news show after 30 years

Public broadcaster cancels weekly summary Nuntii Latini as original presenters retire Finlands public broadcaster Yle has ended its weekly Latin language news bulletin, after three decades on the air, the broadcaster announced. Since its debut in 1989, Nuntii Latini has offered a five-minute summary of the weeks national and foreign news in the classical language. In later years the show was also made available online, garnering it around 40,000 listeners around the world, including some from the Vatican. The last bulletin was broadcast on June 14, and detailed the agreement between the US and Mexico on immigration, talks between the presidents of China and Russia and the end of the Latin programme, which post ferias aestivas non continuabuntur (will not …

Priests in hard hats to attend Notre Dames first mass since fire

Limited service to be held two months after Paris blaze amid warnings of lead pollution risk The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is to hold its first mass since it was ravaged by fire, as environmental campaigners continued to warn over fire destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old landmark, will be held in a side-chapel and limited to about 20 people for obvious security reasons, the diocese said. In attendance will be mainly priests and canons, but not members of the parish. The priests and religious representatives will all have to wear hard hats. Led by the archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, the service will be broadcast live on a religious TV channel. The cathedral and the square in front …

Swiss women strike to demand equal pay

Hundreds of thousands protest against culture of sexism in everday life Hundreds of thousands of women across Switzerland have taken to the streets to demand higher pay, greater equality and more respect, protesting that one of the worlds wealthiest countries continues to treat half its population unfairly. Nearly 30 years after the first nationwide equal rights demonstration by Swiss women, a purple wave of pram marches, whistle concerts, extended lunch breaks, giant picnics and city-centre rallies took place on Friday. In 2019, we are still looking for equality, Clara Almeida Lozar, one of the committee women organising the Grve des Femmes or Frauenstreik at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, told Swissinfo. We realise there has to be …

‘He didn’t destroy me. We carry on. He lost’: survivors of terror attacks look back

From London to Nice, Berlin to Oslo, 11 people caught up in attacks across Europe reflect on the horror, the hope and the kindness of strangers. Portraits by Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer Hager Ben Aouissi Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 14 July 2016 86 people killed, 450 wounded We had to roll underneath the truck. We were the only people to stand up again: Hager Ben Aouissi with her daughter Kenza I was there with my family. We were going home after the Bastille Day fireworks, but Kenza, who was four at the time, wanted something from the sweet stall, so we stopped with my father. He went on towards a toy stall and my mother and sister kept walking. …

London media agency carries Viktor Orbn’s nativist message

V4NA, which pumps out stories on dangers of migration, has links to Hungarys government Islam can take over Sweden in 50 years. Migrants unhappy with the free money they get. Welcome to the world according to the V4 News Agency (V4NA), a newly launched London-based media outlet with strong links to Viktor Orbns far-right government in Hungary. Domestically, Orbn has built his political platform on opposing migration to Europe, a message Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘Amsterdam is a cat city pretending to be a dog’ a cartoon

A dog city comes to you with its tail wagging, but cat cities like Amsterdam are more reticent and harder to judge, says artist Jan Rothuizen My drawings are best described as written maps or graphic reportages. These pieces are from my book Please Please Please Please Jan Rothuizen has published several books and exhibits his works internationally. His drawings are published monthly in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. He made the prize winning interactive documentary The Illustrated City series, email us at Twitter, Instagram to join the discussion, catch up on weekly newsletter

‘The Brexodus is under way’: meet the Brits leaving the UK

In the year after the Brexit vote, 17,000 British people sought citizenship of another EU country and many have since upped and left. Five Brexiles explain why theyre starting a new life overseas Last month, after a decade of living in London, my husband and I packed up the contents of our two-bedroom flat and moved to France with our 15-month-old son. With another baby on the way, were renting an apartment in Toulouse while we look for a more permanent setup. Leaving friends and family behind, and getting to grips with a new culture and language, hasnt been easy. But we have no plans to return to the UK. What sold us on France? The healthier work-life balance and …