France There is hardly any other country in Europe that has seen such a decline for the Social Democrats as France. In 2012, the Socialist Party (PS) still had an absolute majority in the National Assembly and, with Francois Hollande, provided the president of the Republic. In 2017 elections, its presidential candidate received just over 6 percent of the votes, coming in fifth. Then, in the parliamentary elections, the party barely managed to achieve much more. The PS is traditionally a particularly left-wing party, much farther left than Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD). It had its heyday in the 1980s, but nowadays it is being crushed between forces that are still further to the left, and the right-wing populist Front National. With policies opposing foreigners and globalization, and favoring economic isolation instead, the Front National also appeals to many French people who are afraid of downwards social mobility. Read … [Read more...] about How are Europe’s Social Democrats faring?
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The British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, a former arch critic of the current Turkish leadership, sought to mend battered fences in a series of high level meetings on Tuesday, culminating in a pledge to be one of the strongest supporters of the country’s bid to become a member of the European Union. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Johnson also said Turkey and Britain stood together against terrorism. He said his Turkish hosts had not brought up the controversy caused by a lewd poem he composed in which he referred to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as a wanker, and described the issue as trivia. He wrote the poem in response to an invitation from the Spectator magazine to its readers to send in rude limericks about Erdoğan in protest at a crackdown on free speech in Ankara. Asked if he would apologise for the poem, Johnson avoided answering. Çavuşoğlu warned that … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson seeks to mend fences in talks with Turkish leadership
Beijing has produced a Hollywood-style blockbuster to recreate the handover ceremony of Hong Kong from Britain to China in 1997 to stir up patriotism amid the city's ongoing anti-government movement. The film, called 'Me and My Motherland', is set to be released in China on October 1 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country. The movie is promoted by the China Film Administration and features A-listers from mainland and Hong Kong. A file picture taken on July 1, 1997, shows British and Chinese dignitaries taking part in the ceremony to revert Hong Kong's sovereignty from Britain to China after 99 years of lease Chinese film 'Me and My Motherland' has recreated the scene and will be released on Oct. 1 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next BREAKING: China says British Hong Kong consulate worker was... China will have 'one street camera for every TWO PEOPLE by... Chinese man, 37, is jailed after trying to spray 'China will... … [Read more...] about Beijing reminds the world Hong Kong is a part of China by recreating the city’s 1997 handover ceremony in a Hollywood-style blockbuster
In the old courthouse in Geelong, 75km south-west of Melbourne, the Back to Back theatre troupe is rehearsing their new play, Lady Eats Apple. Mark Deans begins the read-through of act three. “Blue car,” he says and, as per the script, is upbraided that – being a man with Down syndrome – he has never driven a car. Lady Eats Apple will take the audience from a creation story into the contemporary realm when it is staged at the Melbourne festival next month, and next year at Sydney’s Carriageworks. Most of the actors would be perceived by the general community to have an intellectual disability. They write the scripts in part by drawing on improvisations based on their own lives; the story also explores euthanasia and gods destroyed by their own success. Back to Back’s earlier play, Ganesh versus the Third Reich, dealt with Nazism and eugenics; first performed in 2012, it won a Helpmann award for best play and toured internationally, including in the … [Read more...] about Disability and the ‘new normal’: why Australia needs to ramp up access to stage and screen
Denmark Denmark is the most recent example of Social Democratic success in Europe. The Socialdemokraterne emerged from the general election on June 5 as the strongest party. Denmark's Social Democrat leader, Mette Frederiksen, had combined a hard-line anti-immigration stance with classic left-wing welfare policies. This went down well, especially with traditional Social Democratic voters: Many Danes in the lower, middle and working classes who had voted for the right-wing populist Danish People's Party in recent years swung back behind the Social Democrats following the party's shift to the right. Denmark's Mette Frederiksen won recent elections in part by bringing her party to the right France There's hardly any country that better exemplifies the downfall of European social democracy than France. The Socialist Party (PS) had an absolute majority in the National Assembly as recently as 2012; its leader, Francois Hollande, was the country's president. The fall from grace came in the … [Read more...] about Social democracy’s struggles and successes in Europe