PRAGUE — The Czech Republic is an apt arena for the political battle between Europhiles and Euroskeptics, and last week it became just that. Populist politicians from five countries, led by France’s Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders of the Netherlands, gathered in Prague for a European election rally in support of their Czech political ally Tomio Okamura and his far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party on April 25. In the city's historic Wenceslas Square, Wilders accused the EU of “pampering Islam for decades” and facilitating "Islamic immigration." He told the rally: "Europe is on the brink of cultural suicide. And the European Union will never defend our national interests and our freedom.” At the same time, in the eastern city of Olomouc — 250 kilometers from Prague — business leaders and academics tried to persuade the public that the EU remains the country’s best bet for peace and prosperity. Only one in three … [Read more...] about Czech Republic at heart of fight for Europe
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Latest: The winner of last night's €175m EuroMillions jackpot has made contact with the National Lottery this morning.A spokesperson said the ticket holder contacted Lotto HQ and will be guided through the prize claims process.However, the spokesperson said they were not in a position to give any other details as yet.They said that the National Lottery hopes to be able to give details on where the winning ticket was sold later today.Miriam Donohoe told Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1 that the person who made contact was "surprisingly calm and very together".She added the location of the shop that sold the ticket may be revealed in the coming hours.National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said:"We are delighted the winner has made contact. This is an incredible win for an Irish EuroMillions player! And a record win for the National Lottery we are thrilled."This has been an incredibly lucky period for players on the island of Ireland. In January a Northern Ireland couple … [Read more...] about Winner of €175m EuroMillions jackpot makes contact with National Lottery
The World Economic Forum. Photo by Studio Roosegaarde (Flickr) Every year to coincide with the World Economic Forum, the Transnational Institute based in Amsterdam launches a State of Power report to expose and deepen our understanding of the mechanisms that elites use to maintain power and concentrate wealth. For its eighth edition, the report has focused on the financial sector, asking why it has grown more powerful despite causing the financial crisis of 2008. The report features this interview with renowned sociologist Saskia Sassen who has written extensively on how finance has changed the nature of cities today and how its logic of extraction has fuelled new forms of expulsions and dispossession. The interview concludes with a discussion of fractures in the power of ‘high finance’ and how citizens’ movements might take advantage to advance a democratic control of money. How powerful is finance today and from where does it derive … [Read more...] about Vampire finance sucks the lifeblood out of the economy
A GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a private search for missing footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson, has raised more than £130,000 after being launched on Friday evening. Nearly 1,700 people had responded to the appeal for funds in less than 24 hours by Saturday afternoon. The target had originally been set at £129,00 (€150,000) euros but was bumped up to £431,00 (€500,00) after a spate of generous donations. The cash appeal was launched by Sport Cover, the name of Emiliano's agent Meissa N'Diaye's Paris-based football agency. A message on the web fundraiser, which carries the Spanish language hashtag #NoDejenDeBuscar Emiliano Sala and means 'Don't Stop Looking for Emiliano Sala', said: 'This fund was created in response to the urgency of the situation and the authorities' decision not to pursue the search. Footballers, family and friends have all donated to the page which was set up by Emiliano's agent Meissa N'Diaye's … [Read more...] about Crowdfunding for search for Emiliano Sala and pilot raises £130,000
Opinion Pablo Hernandez was excellent in Leeds' 3-0 win at Norwich City earlier this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Paul Chesterton Marcelo Bielsa might be better advised getting his staff to give Elland Road a lick of pink paint ahead of City’s visit. The Leeds chief reportedly met FA officials in London earlier this week, as the investigation into what is now known as ‘spygate’ stepped up a notch or two. This, after Norwich City confirmed over the weekend they were one of 11 signatories to a letter urging the EFL for ‘full disclosure’ into the events that led to a member of Bielsa’s backroom set-up apprehended at Derby County’s training ground.Followed by the Argentine’s bid for a cameo in any re-make of City’s amusing ‘The Office’-themed season ticket renewals’ video, featuring Stuart Webber, Ben Kensell and a selection of players. Bielsa went full David Brent with a … [Read more...] about Paddy Davitt: Spying and social ills. When did football stop being entertainment?