Weekly Digest: November 11

Politics

Extreme Nationalism Is as Polish as Pierogi

An interesting tug-of-war has erupted over a proposal for a parade through Warsaw to celebrate Polish Independence Day: first, Warsaw’s mayor blocked the parade on the grounds that it would foment xenophobia and violence before Polish President Andrzej Duda announced he would organize a state-sanctioned march on the parade route. In the midst of all this, a Polish court overturned the ban. The events only highlight how polarized Poland has become - as well as how far-right nationalism has become ingrained in their society.

Manfred Weber Is Nominated to Be European Commission President

In a contest within the European Parliament’s largest bloc for the nomination to become president of the European Commission, moderate German Manfred Weber defeated more charismatic Finn Alexander Stubb. Weber has attracted criticism for his refusal to stand up to authoritarian populism, but his connections to power brokers in Brussels seemingly won the day, and now Weber is the front-runner for the post.

Economics

Danske Bank to appoint new executive after scandal

After a money-laundering case of £200 billion in transactions through Estonia, the danish Danske Bank seeks a new head executive. After backing a candidate from within the entreprise, but being discouraged by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority, the danish lender is considering a broad array of candidates.

Better times ahead for car industry in Germany, in relation to China

The major participant in the euro-zone economy has stagnated in the automobile production department on account of ''new emissions testing'' ad well as its trading patterns with China. ''Slower growth in China may sap demand in a vital export market for Germany.''


Culture and Society

A Conference in Florence for the Capitals of Culture

In 1985, a program entitled Europe’s Capital of Culture Initiative was established with a mission to focus on the diverse cultures of the continent. Florence is set to hold the first conference dedicated to this cultural initiative on November 5 and 6, with a goal to propose a shared plan to highlight, preserve, and develop culture in European cities.

Make Time for Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’ at Tate Modern

The Tate Modern in London is now home to The Clock by Christian Marclay, a visual experience that combines thousands of moments from film at each time of the day to create one 24-hour video, synced to the time zone of the country where it is being shown. The film includes excerpts from everything from Film Noir to foreign language films to science fiction pieces, each moment starring a time-keeping device such as a clock, watch, clocktower, grandfather clock, station clock, pocket watch, or other timepieces. The Clock is critically acclaimed and has even toured internationally.

Image Credit: Installation view of ‘The Clock’ at Tate Modern, 2018 | © Tate Photography Matt Greenwood