Ideally, cultural institutions like theaters have people debating and talking about their productions. In Berlin these days, however, venues and their leadership are the focus of attention after complaints of sexual assault, bullying, age discrimination and racist remarks. In the most recent case, Shermin Langhoff, the artistic director of Berlin's Maxim Gorki Theater, is in the spotlight. According to media reports, several employees accused her of creating a toxic work environment. Another article in Der Spiegel news magazine spoke of a "climate of fear." One specific complaint was brought to court. A female dramatic adviser sued the theater because her contract was not renewed, a decision she believed resulted from a letter of complaint she wrote about Langhoff. The adviser also said she was discriminated against for taking parental leave. Before the Berlin Stage Arbitration Court, the plaintiff and the theater agreed on a settlement on Wednesday: The adviser's contract is … [Read more...] about Allegations of abuse of power at Berlin theater
The power of makeup
BORIS Johnson today slammed France's "unacceptable" threat to cut electricity supplies to Jersey as a major row erupted over post-Brexit fishing rights. No 10 blasted the "disproportionate" reaction by Paris after the Channel Island introduced new licenses for French trawlers using its waters. One of Emmanuel Macron's ministers threatened to cut power to the isle of 100,000 people, which is supplied by an underwater cable. Maritime Minister Annick Girardin told French MPs: "We are ready to use these retaliation measures. "I am sorry it has come to this. We will do so if we have to." But the move has sparked a furious row with No 10 and threatened to further sour cross-Channel relations. It also risks dragging ties with Brussels into the mix if eurocrats side with Mr Macron. Downing St said the Elysée should lodge a complain using the dispute procedure in last year's Brexit deal if it has a problem. A UK Government spokesman said: "To threaten Jersey like this … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson slams France’s ‘unacceptable’ threat to cut power to Jersey as Brexit fishing row erupts
On a trip to Moscow at the end of April, the state premier of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer , announced plans for Germany to purchase 30 million doses of the Russian COVID vaccine Sputnik V to be delivered in 10 million installments over the summer. This announcement sent out ripples of surprise when it came from a state premier and not a federal official. Once back in Germany Kretschmer soon backpedaled stating that he had not signed an agreement and only the federal government could order vaccines abroad. Michael Kretschmer, member of Angela Merkel's CDU and premier of Germany's eastern state of Saxony made big announcements in Moscow But for months, German state premiers have been pushing for access to the Russian vaccine. That mounting pressure led Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn to announce negotiations with Russia over purchasing Sputnik V at the beginning of April. The idea of opening unilateral negotiations with Russia seemed to mark a major reversal after Spahn … [Read more...] about Germany, Russia and the Sputnik V vaccine — a tale of soft power
Corrie goth Nina Lucas lies battered and bruised in hospital after being attacked as part a powerful plotline based on the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster. And actor Mollie Gallagher who plays her vowed to do the scenes justice in honour of the 20-year-old, 14 years after she was senselessly murdered simply because she looked different. In tonight’s episode, Nina and boyfriend Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) are set upon by a gang mocking her appearance and both end up in hospital. It mirrors the 2007 cowardly attack on goth Sophie in Bacup, Lancs. Mollie, 23, said: “Because this stuff has happened it’s such an important story to tell. I felt a lot of emotions. I am really privileged to be given such an important storyline but I am also nervous because I want to do the story justice. “I have really put my all into it and hopefully it shows. You see the human effect this has on someone who you would say is strong. “Knowing this has happened and does happen breaks my … [Read more...] about Corrie’s Nina Lucas actress hopes to do justice to powerful hate crime scenes
The polling stations are closed, the campaigns are over and there is nothing left for the candidates to do other than wait for the results. Votes cast by millions of people across England, Scotland and Wales will now determine who controls the key levers of political power outside of Westminster. What has been voted on? Results of the parliamentary elections in Scotland and Wales will decide the new makeup of the Holyrood parliament and the Senedd. The largest parties in each will then form the next Scottish and Welsh governments - either as a result of outright majorities, or through coalitions with smaller parties. Advertisement In England there will be a bumper set of results for the council elections, with 4,725 councillors being selected across 143 councils. The outcome of elections for the 25-member London Assembly will also be announced. Contests for 13 directly elected mayors have taken place in England, with results due for eight … [Read more...] about Vote 2021: What are the key races and when will results be declared?