Entertainment

Ukraine’s creative youth reappraise the country’s Soviet aesthetics

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Whether by choice or necessity, Ukraine’s new generation of creative professionals are rebelling against former President Petro Poroshenko’s draconian ‘de-Communisation’ policies by calling for a reappraisal of Soviet aesthetics as they strive for cultural...

INTERVIEW: American director Abel Ferrara on how personal struggles have shaped his worldview

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At last month’s Cannes film festival American Director Abel Ferrara presented his latest movie Tommaso which stars Oscar-nominated veteran actor Willem Dafoe, who plays an American-born artist living in Rome with his wife and...

Garbage in paradise

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Last week, Kassandra looked at the overall disquieting situation of inefficient waste management practices in South-eastern Europe. Among the worst offenders are the two island states of Cyprus and Malta. Worse, those two member...

Major operators at Mobile World Congress explore 5G’s potential

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The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) held a press briefing at the recently completed 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain with several key operators to discuss future use cases for 5G networks outside of...

Europe’s prison escapees have been increasingly innovative in recent years

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Prison breaks have been a theme of Hollywood films for years, some of which were inspired by real events. Intelligence and creativity helped the escapees' dreams come true with some prisoners taking advantage of...

EU Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

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The European Commission approved the acquisition of music identification app Shazam by US tech giant, Apple, after Brussels reviewed a proposed takeover under the EU's Merger Regulation which concluded that the deal would not adversely...

Emirati women become a powerful force on UAE’s cultural scene

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Never one to mince words, Nayla Al Khaja, the United Arab Emirates’ first female director and producer seems to have no issue continually exercising her enviable skill of portraying exotic stories that can grip...

Belgium to allow driverless cars for testing on its roads

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Belgium is one of the rare European countries to authorise tests for driverless cars on its public roads. Belgian consumers have a bright outlook on the safety of autonomous vehicles, though concerns remain. Significantly fewer...

Amnesty International says Turkey has become ‘a dungeon for journalists’

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With the international community celebrating World Press Freedom Day on May 3, journalists and human rights activists around the world used the occasion to speak out about the climate of fear in Turkey since a failed...

Q&A with Serj Tankian on Armenia’s Velvet Revolution

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Over the course of a fortnight, thousands of Armenian opposition activists - thought of as marginalised and irrelevant by most of the international community only a month ago - managed to oust its corrupt...

Google, Amazon services partially blocked in Russia

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Google, Amazon and other services inside Russia have been hit by the country's bids to stop people using the Telegram messaging app. On 17 April, Roskomnadzor, Russia's state authority regulating telecommunications has asked Apple and...

Sweden’s ‘the Square’ reflects on society’s responsibility as citizens

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During the Zurich Film Festival, a rising star among the European cinema events, New Europe’s Federico Grandesso sat down with Swedish film director Ruben Östlund to discuss his most recent film “The Square” a...

EU Commission releases 2017 list of dangerous products, killer toys

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The European Commission on Monday released its 2017 report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products, with toys and cars leading the lot. Several models of the popular fidget spinners, cars, and motorcycles topped the...

EU court tells Hungary to allow foreign casino operators 

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Hungarian legislation on granting concessions for casinos and related organisations of online games are not compatible with EU law, the EU Court of Justice ruled on February 28, which will effectively bar operators of games of...

Sarajevo drops decision to honour Nobel laureate Pamuk amid pressure from Turkey

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Bosnia's capital Sarajevo has dropped an earlier decision to make famed Turkish writer and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk an “honourary citizen” after coming under heavy pressure from the government of authoritarian Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Pamuk, 65,...

HRW asks FIFA to scrap Chechnya as World Cup training base

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on FIFA to reverse a decision that would allow Egypt to base its national football team in the Chechen capital Grozny for this summer's World Cup in Russia. The watchdog called...

Social networking app Nextdoor launches in France

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Nextdoor, an app similar to Facebook that connects neighbours rather than friends and colleagues launched in France Thursday, according to the app's website. Nextdoor allows users to find a nearby babysitter, be notified when a burglary occurs,...

Angelina Jolie discusses sexual violence in conflict zones at NATO HQ

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Leading celebrity human rights activist Angelina Jolie met with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday along with the Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to discuss sexual violence in conflict zones and...

Belgian telecom Proximus to stop zero rating ahead of stricter EU regulations

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Belgium's largest telecom company Proximus will stop its zero rating service as it prepares for stricter rules from the EU on net neutrality. Proximus started a zero rating service pilot project in 2015. The service allows...

Brexit: an assault on British identity

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  After a British writer (Kazuo Ishiguro) got the Nobel prize this year, New Europe’s Dan Alexe talked to another great British writer, Jonathan Coe. New Europe: Do you think the digital era changed literature? Did it...

At the origin of Europe: a union against nature

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While flocking inside the Council building, journalists and eurocrats pass in front of a modernistic statue adorning the entrance of the Justus Lipsius headquarters of the EU Council of Ministers in Brussels. There flies...

Humour does not know taboos: Interview with Antonio Fischetti, journalist at Charlie Hebdo

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After the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January 2015, when Islamic terrorists killed 12 people (including 9 journalists), many morose commentators discredited themselves morally, criticizing the dead and almost justifying an abominable crime against the...

European Parliament censors exhibition of political cartoons 

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The European United Left-Nordic Green Left (Gauche unitaire européenne, GUE-NGL), a left-wing political group in the European Parliament wrote an open letter to European Parliament President Antonio Tajani protesting against the fact that the EU Parliament's quaestors have attempted to censor an...

All religions are the same

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In spite of a ban and other obstacles artist Jens Galschiøt has finally managed to get his controversial exhibition through in the European Parliament. The 8 sculptures he placed there on 10 July show the darkest and brightest...

Fundamentalism project sparks debate in the EU Parliament

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On the 10th of July EU parliamentarians will be presented with a sight they hadn’t expected to see. In spite of a ban and other obstacles artist Jens Galschiøt has finally managed to get his controversial exhibition through. The...

Global cyberattack continues, linked to previous one

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A major global cyber attack disrupted computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month . Although Ukraine...

The engaged cinema of Robin Campillo stars at Cannes

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In an exclusive interview on the Croisette, New Europe caught up with Arnaud Valois, the protagonist of the 70th Cannes Festival winning movie BPM (Beats per Minute) by Robin Campillo. At Cannes, the film received positive...

The eagle flies on Thursday: how vultures protect NATO from drones

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Since September 2016, the Dutch army has been working with a new species of recruits: eagles trained to attack drones. A special Dutch army is training golden eagles to spot drones and perform mid-air takedowns.  Their mission is very...

Watching online TV while abroad: EU Parliament helps you take Game of Thrones with...

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Wanna watch Game of Thrones on your portable device while abroad? EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV will from now on be able to access their content while temporarily in another EU country. The...

EU Commission fines Facebook 110 million euros for cheating over WhatsApp deal

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The EU Commission fined today Facebook €110 million for providing misleading information to antitrust regulators when seeking approval to buy WhatsApp in 2014. In a statement, the Commission said: "The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook's...

Manhunt for hackers, as experts foresee new global cyber attacks

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New gloval cyber attacks on the scale of the one on Friday will happen more and more often, experts are warning. Meanwhile, an international manhunt is under way to find those responsible for a massive...

EU Parliament closes multinationals’ tax loopholes

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The European Parliament amended today the EU’s anti-tax avoidance directive to prevent multinationals to avoid paying tax . In the wake of the “Luxleaks” scandal in 2015, which revealed mismatches between EU and third countries’ tax rules...

EU Court: multimedia players breach copyright laws

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The European Court of Justice ruled that a media player with pre-installed add-ons, accessed through structured menus, grants users “direct access to the protected works published without the permission of the copyright owners” and “must be regarded...

Media ‘never under so much threat’: Reporters Without Borders

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The press rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is warning in its 2017 index that “violations of the freedom to inform are less and less the prerogative of authoritarian regimes and dictatorships". The Paris-based group says...

Parliament committee votes to put an end to geo-blocking of online goods or services

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A new report approved today by the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee could have serious consequences for independent music labels, e-book publishers and computer game creators. The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee today voted...

Germany bus attack: police arrest Russian speculator 

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German police arrested a man on Friday suspected of planting explosives targeting the bus of soccer team Borussia Dortmund last week, the office of the German federal chief prosecutor said. Rather than having links to radical...

More brands should reveal where their clothes are made, says HRW

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More apparel and footwear companies should join 17 leading apparel brands that have aligned with an important new transparency pledge, a coalition of unions and human rights and labor rights advocates said in a...