Former Yugoslavia’s brutalist beauty a photo essay

Socialist Yugoslavia reconstructed a land destroyed by fighting with concrete to show the power of a state between eastern and western power Genex Tower is unmissable on the highway from Belgrade airport to the centre of the city. Its two soaring blocks, connected by an aerial bridge and topped with a long-closed rotating restaurant resembling a space capsule, are such an unusual sight, the 1977-build tower has become a magnet for tourists despite years of neglect. The tower is one of the most significant examples of brutalism an architectural style popular in the 1950s and 1960s, based on crude, block-like forms cast from concrete. Serbia. Brutalism was popular throughout the eastern bloc but the former Yugoslavia made it its own …

Bid to repatriate James Joyce’s remains ahead of Ulysses centenary

Dublin city councillors are hoping to fulfil wishes of the writer and his wife, which were denied after his death in Switzerland in 1941 A plan to repatriate the remains of James Joyce and his wife Nora Barnacle and finally observe their last wishes, has been proposed by Dublin city councillors more than 70 years after the authors death. Born in the Dublin suburb of Rathgar in 1882, Joyce spent decades living away from Ireland due to his growing animosity towards Irish society and his need to find work. He died in Zurich in January 1941 at the age of 58, after undergoing surgery on a perforated ulcer. He is buried in Fluntern cemetery in Zurich, alongside his wife Nora, …

The far-right is changing the face of the EU’s third biggest city

(CNN)A far-right party is exerting its political influence in the Spanish capital of Madrid, starting with its Christmas lights. Vox burst onto the political scene in 2018 after taking an unexpectedly high number of seats in the election in Andalusia, Spain’s largest region. Not only didthe result accord the party influence through its crucial support for a PP-led alliance, it also marked something of a watershed — as the first time a far-right party had entered a regional parliament since the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. It then won 24 out of a total 350 seats in the national parliament in April’s general election, a slightly disappointing result for the party after its Andalusian success, according to some …

‘I worried it would be a matter of time’: Halle grieves after shootings

Residents of town in Saxony-Anhalt left reeling after two people die in attempted attack on synagogue Wolfgang Denkwitz had brought a white rose. Shortly before midday on Thursday the retired truck driver added his personal symbol of condolence to the sea of lilies, roses and carnations that lay at the door of the synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle. Twenty-four hours earlier, the same door had saved the lives of around 70 worshippers gathered inside, by withstanding the assault of a gunman who had travelled to the university town in the state of Saxony-Anhalt to the livestreaming platform Twitch, the attacker starts by painting a conspiracy theory connecting feminists, immigrants and the Jew. A terror attack of such …

A scandal over cervical checks is a sign of a bigger problem in Ireland

(CNN)For months, Sharon had been anxiously waiting the results of her pap smear test. And Sharon wasn’t the only one. Out of 4,088 women who had taken a smear test from December 2018 to July 2019, 873 hadn’t received their tests, according to the MacCraith report, a review commissioned by the health authority into what had happened. Days later, another woman identifying herself only as Ms. Scullion came forward to the Irish Times, exposing yet another mistake in the cervical screening process. Scullion, like Sharon, was one of the 873 women who hadn’t received her results for months. When she finally got the letter in August, it said that she had tested negative for human papilloma virus (HPV). But Scullion …

Beach towels and Brexit: how Germans really see the Brits

Exhibition at Bonns House of History documents unrequited love of all things British The strategy that Germanys diplomatic corps proposed to keep Britain in the European community was unconventional and bold. In November 1974, the then German chancellor Helmut Schmidt was desperately searching for the right words to convince British Eurosceptics to vote to remain a member of the European Economic Community. Schmidt had been offered a generous slot of 10 to 15 minutes at the Labour party conference, but a number of leftwing MPs had already announced they would walk out on his speech if he tried to lecture them. Katharina Focke, the German federal minister for youth, family and health, had some ingenious advice to offer after an …

The Age At Which Young People Leave Their Parents Home Is Surprisingly Different In Different Countries

It’s a tearful but joyous moment when your baby birds (your children) finally fly out of the nest, move out of the family home, and start making it on their own. Or rather, it would be a tearful but joyous moment if it actually happened. The reality is, however, that history appears to be repeating itself. In the West — Europe, the United States, Australia, etc. — more and more youngsters choose to live with their parents and move out of their family homes far later than usual. Just like in the days of yore. Bored Panda reached out to “More and more families need to combine incomes in order to afford basic necessitates, including housing, food, healthcare, and access to …

132,000 descendants of expelled Jews apply for Spanish citizenship

Application deadline passes under law designed to atone for 15th-century historical wrong More than 132,000 descendants of the Jews expelled from Spain in the late 15th century have applied for Spanish citizenship under a law intended to make amends for the mass exile. The law, introduced four years ago, was designed to similar law was approved in Portugal in 2015 to atone for the expulsions from that part of the Iberian peninsula. There is no possibility to amend what was done, the Portuguese government said at the time, adding that the law represented an attribution of a right. Brexit has fuelled a huge increase in the Jewish Community of Oporto which, along with the Lisbon Jewish community, certifies applicants said …

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 …