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‘Politicians? They’re mugs, all of them’: Paul Weller on music, style and the state of the nation | Paul Weller

‘Politicians? They’re mugs, all of them’: Paul Weller on music, style and the state of the nation | Paul Weller

[ad_1] In a roof garden, high above central London, stands Paul Weller, reed-slim in a pale mac, black trousers and shades. Silver hair slicked back, slight smile, lord of all he surveys. He looks so cool, it’s almost funny. Why hasn’t he put on weight? Why hasn’t he lost his hair? How come he can wear those sunglasses and not look like he’s trying too hard? Because he’s Paul Weller, that’s why. Being cool is one of Weller’s USPs, and it has been ever since the Jam’s first Top of the Pops appearance, in 1977, for In The City. He, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler all wore the same outfit: white shirt, skinny tie, buttoned-up black jacket, black trousers. But Weller’s haircut was better, his jacket tighter, he wore it all more convincingly. He’s had so many style iterations over the years. There are few heterosexual men who’ve tried, at different times, a slicked-back flicka, plus denim cutoffs and espadrilles, as well as a chop-fringe feather cut with sports shirt and mum slacks, and managed …

Attacks on German politicians raise fears for democracy

Attacks on German politicians raise fears for democracy

[ad_1] A growing list of physical attacks on German politicians in recent weeks has brought condemnation from leaders and fears about the future of democracy in Germany and Europe. The latest attacks this week included Berlin State Senator and former Mayor Franziska Giffey, who was attacked Tuesday at an event in a Berlin library. Reports say she was hit from behind by a man with a bag containing something “hard and heavy.” She was treated for her injuries and the man was taken into custody. Later that same day, a 47-year-old female Green Party politician was attacked by two people while putting up election posters in Dresden. German state-funded media company Deutsche Welle caught the assault on video. It shows the city council candidate being verbally attacked and spat on by a woman while the attacker’s male companion could be seen shoving members of the candidate’s team. Along with insults, the attackers reportedly shouted support for the German right-wing Alternative for Germany party. Two right-wing politicians were also attacked this week. Police in the southwestern …

Attacks on German politicians stir memories of Nazi past – POLITICO

Attacks on German politicians stir memories of Nazi past – POLITICO

[ad_1] Last week, Matthias Ecke, a politician with the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) and member of European Parliament, was hanging campaign posters for the upcoming European Union election in the eastern German city of Dresden when he was allegedly approached by a group of four young men and pummeled. Ecke suffered fractures to his cheekbone and eye socket, among other injuries, and was hospitalized. In the same part of Dresden that evening, the group of youths also allegedly attacked a Greens campaigner. One of the attackers punched him twice in the face, and after the victim fell to the ground, the attackers repeatedly kicked him, according to witnesses. EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTION POLL OF POLLS For more polling data from across Europe visit POLITICO Poll of Polls. This past Tuesday evening in Dresden, local Greens candidate Yvonne Mosler was out with a television crew putting up campaign posters when a man pushed her aside, ripped down the posters, and a young woman spat on her. Additional attacks this week — including one on the former mayor …

Olaf Scholz condemns attacks on politicians after third assault in a week | Germany

Olaf Scholz condemns attacks on politicians after third assault in a week | Germany

[ad_1] Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has strongly condemned a rash of attacks on politicians after a senator and former mayor of Berlin was struck over the head in a public library in the third assault on an elected official in less than a week. Franziska Giffey, a member of Scholz’s centre-left Social Democratic party (SPD) was slightly injured and briefly hospitalised after a man hit her from behind with a bag containing an unidentified hard object on Tuesday. Police have arrested a 74-year-old male suspect. “The attacks on Franziska Giffey and other politicians are outrageous and cowardly,” Scholz said on Wednesday. “Violence does not belong in a democratic debate. Decent and reasonable people are clearly standing against it – and they are the majority.” The German government condemned a “growing number of despicable attacks”, adding that a “climate of intimidation, of violence” could not be accepted. The European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, said perpetrators must be brought to justice. “We must protect from attacks all who stand up for our democratic society, no …

Ethical dilemmas emerge as AI revives past politicians for votes in India

Ethical dilemmas emerge as AI revives past politicians for votes in India

[ad_1] Political campaigns in India are now using AI to bring deceased politicians back to life, at least digitally, according to Rest of the World reporting. As the nation’s elections gain momentum, the ethical and legal implications of this practice are drawing scrutiny. Vijay Vasanth, an actor-turned-politician, recently leveraged this technology in his campaign efforts in Kanniyakumari by digitally resurrecting his father, H. Vasanth Kumar, a former parliamentary representative and businessman who passed away from Covid-19 four years ago. In a campaign video, an AI-generated Kumar endorses his son, claiming his “soul is still with all of you,” a message aimed at garnering voter support by invoking his enduring presence and legacy. This tactic is part of a broader trend where Indian political parties are increasingly turning to AI to connect with voters. M. Karunanidhi, a late political leader from Tamil Nadu, also made posthumous digital appearances, speaking at party events and book launches, with his iconic yellow scarf and dark glasses digitally recreated. The utilization of AI in this manner taps into deep cultural …

Assaults on German Politicians Raise Election-Year Worries

Assaults on German Politicians Raise Election-Year Worries

[ad_1] A spate of attacks on German officials and politicians has brought fresh worries over political violence and a breakdown of civility ahead of several critical elections this year, including in three states where the far-right Alternative for Germany party could make significant gains. In the latest attack, on Friday evening, four people assaulted a prominent Social Democratic politician who was hanging campaign posters in Dresden, leaving him with a broken cheekbone and eye socket that required emergency surgery. The official, Matthias Ecke, is running for re-election to the European Parliament. That evening a Green Party campaigner, whose name has not been released, was attacked in the same residential neighborhood, by what the police believe was the same group of people. A day earlier, on Thursday, Rolf Fliss, the deputy mayor of the city of Essen, 300 miles west, was punched in the face by a group of men with whom he had been having what he initially characterized as a “friendly exchange.” The violent attack on Mr. Ecke drew a sharp response from Chancellor …

American politicians forget: disruption and disorder are the point of protests | Patrick Gaspard

American politicians forget: disruption and disorder are the point of protests | Patrick Gaspard

[ad_1] “In America, the student movement has been seriously radicalized wherever police and police brutality intervened in essentially nonviolent demonstrations: occupations of administration buildings, sit-ins, et cetera.” – Hannah Arendt, observing Columbia University protests in 1968. When you’ve been in the midst of a demonstration that devolves into chaos and violence, you find out in a hurry if you’re able to put aside your own terror to still uphold the needs of the many and to maintain the discipline of your values. This has happened to me more than once. That tension has always been a reminder to me that democracy is a choice and that citizenship is a full-contact sport. The Gaza-driven protests by college students, and the response to them by university presidents and law enforcement have dominated the media and roiled American politics at the start of this consequential electoral season. Scenes of tent encampments, chanting activists, occupied facilities, have conjured comparisons to the ungovernable activism of previous generations that left an indelible influence on the culture. Politicians, whose policies are ultimately …

Germany vows to fight violence against politicians after MEP seriously hurt | Germany

Germany vows to fight violence against politicians after MEP seriously hurt | Germany

[ad_1] The German interior minister Nancy Faeser has vowed to fight a surge in violence against politicians after a German member of the European parliament had to be taken to hospital following an attack while he was campaigning for re-election. Matthias Ecke, 41, a member of Faeser’s Social Democrats (SPD), was hit and kicked by a group of four people while putting up posters in Dresden, capital of the eastern state of Saxony, police said. An SPD source said his injuries would require an operation. Shortly before, what appeared to be the same group attacked a 28-year-old campaigner for the Greens, who was also putting up posters, police said, although his injuries were not as serious. “The constitutional state must and will respond to this with tough action and further protective measures for the democratic forces in our country,” Faeser said in a statement, saying the attack on Ecke was also an “attack on democracy”. She vowed “tough action and further protective measures” in response to the attacks. European parliament president Roberta Metsola was one …

Belgian insurer urges politicians to strengthen low emission zones | Low emission zones

Belgian insurer urges politicians to strengthen low emission zones | Low emission zones

[ad_1] One of Belgium’s mutual health insurers has been taking a closer look at the country’s three low emission zones. Dr Luk Bruyneel, a health and economics expert at Mutualités Libres, explained: “As a health insurance fund, we have to protect the health of our members. As air pollution is a major health risk, we want to contribute evidence to the debate. Health insurance data for our 2.3 million members allows us to produce high-quality studies on health risks from air pollution.” Antwerp was the first city to set up a zone in 2017. This was followed by Brussels, and then Ghent. Like London’s ultra-low emission zone (Ulez), and more than 320 schemes across Europe, the Belgian zones are designed to improve air pollution by deterring the most polluting vehicles from driving on city streets (generally the oldest diesels). As a key player in Belgium’s public health care, Mutualités Libres wanted to understand if the three zones had changed the air breathed by its members. It was not possible to make measurements at each person’s …