Daily Archives: May 13, 2014

  • Golden Dawn is filling in the gaps in the Greek welfare system and establishing itself in society for the years to come.
  • Despite his “Demolition Man” nickname, Matteo Renzi has responded cautiously to recent scandals and it still seems that corruption is the norm in Italy.
  • China’s property bubble could really burst and Beijing’s resolve to avoid traditional stimulus programmes is unlikely to hold, says George Magnus.
  • The Telegraph interviewed 27 European immigrants about their experience living in the UK. They discuss whether immigrants take jobs from the British and the British love for beer.

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Richard Milne

It could be entitled: how not to get people to vote.

The Danish parliament on Tuesday pulled a controversial video replete with cartoon nudity that was meant to encourage young people to vote in this month’s elections for the European Parliament.

The 90-second video features “Voteman”, a muscleman first seen in bed with five naked women who then proceeds to beat up young people to force them to vote. He then decapitates one man, interrupting a couple having sex to throw them and their bed out of a window, and using his dolphin to help him chuck people into voting booths.

Morgen Lykketoft, speaker of Folketinget, the Danish parliament, had previously warmly endorsed the video. “We are trying to inspire the very young to go out and vote. It is important we get a higher turnout, especially among the young. You have to use all sorts of methods,” he told state radio on Monday.

He added: “I think it’s rather innocent. You can find much worse.”

A day later – and following a social media storm that had derided the sexist and violent nature of the video – Mr Lykketoft had repented. Read more

David Pilling

India’s exit polls are notoriously unreliable. However, barring what would now be a major upset, it looks as though Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party will form the next coalition government.

If the BJP does as well as many of Monday’s competing polls suggest, then Mr Modi will take over from Manmohan Singh as prime minister of the world’s biggest democracy. Read more

By Gideon Rachman
The disputed referendums in eastern Ukraine give President Vladimir Putin time to take stock and choose between two very different paths. The first involves grabbing more territory for Russia, attempting to rebuild an empire in the old Soviet sphere, and accepting a prolonged confrontation with the west. The second is more pragmatic – and involves attempting to pocket his Crimean winnings and rebuild relations with the US and the EU.