Moscows peaceful protests enrage the Kremlin because its only tool is violence | Alexey Kovalev

Thousands are calling for opposition candidates to be allowed to stand in the citys election, says Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev On a typical weekday, Moscow is a modern, rapidly developing metropolis, a far cry from its dark, litter-strewn, dilapidated self 20 years ago. Its formerly abandoned industrial parks are hipster havens serving artisanal cocoa milk lattes and avocado bruschetta to crowds that wouldnt look out of place in east London or Brooklyn, while its public transport system is one of …

Pro-LGBT Coca-Cola adverts spark boycott calls in Hungary

Campaign linked to Sziget festival criticised by senior member of ruling Fidesz party Advertisements by Coca-Cola relating to a popular music festival in called him Trump before Trump, and Nigel Farage and Italys Matteo Salvini are admirers. For many liberals, and increasingly for some of his supposed allies in the EPP, he signifies all that is rotten, corrupt and downright scary in contemporary politics on the continent. The age of liberal democracy is at an end, Orbn told the Hungarian …

Edinburgh festival performers refuse sterling payments due to Brexit

Artists ask to be paid in euros and dollars as pound continues to fall amid no-deal risk Increasing numbers of artists are asking to be paid in dollars and euros instead of sterling because of Brexit uncertainty, the director of the Edinburgh international festival has said. The three-week arts festival opened on Friday and includes 293 performances by 2,600 artists from 40 countries. Speaking during its opening weekend, Fergus Linehan, who has been its director since 2015, said many performers …

Philip Pococks best photograph: Miriam the Berlin punk and her rat Bestia

The punks were sceptical of my presence. One guy even headbutted me. In retrospect, I think it was a sign of acceptance I was in my mid-20s when Cornell Capa, director of the International Center of Photography in New York, recommended me for a job documenting life in the American sector of Berlin while the city was still divided. As a young photographer, I was so nervous. All of these senior German officials were swanning around my studio inspecting my …

Ukraine election: rock star set for coalition talks with comedian-turned-president

President ready for talks with singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk as exit polls point to victory but as part of coalition As if a comedian becoming the president wasnt enough, Ukraine now has a rock star as a potential political kingmaker. Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, the 44-year-old lead singer of rock band Okean Elzy, is set to enter Ukraines parliament after exit polls showed his newly created Golos (Voice) party taking six percent in Sundays parliamentary vote. Volodymyr Zelensky, the sitcom star who shocked …

Europe sizzles in scorching temperatures as heat wave spreads across continent

(CNN)Europe’s scorching heat wave expanded across the continent on Saturday, with people from Britain to the Balkans sweltering under abnormally high temperatures after a record-breaking week. The hot weather is hitting sporting events across Europe, including the first-ever Major League Baseball game to be played in London. In a sign of how unusual the June heat wave is, organizers at Lord’s Cricket Ground in the city even allowed spectators at the World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand to …