May averts Tory mutiny by agreeing to set her exit date after Brexit bill vote

1922 Committee agrees to let PM wait until after vote on withdrawal agreement bill in early June Theresa May has agreed to set a timetable for her departure as prime minister in the first week of June, leading MPs to believe she will trigger a leadership contest before the summer. Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, said she would agree a timetable for the election of a new leader after her Brexit legislation returned to parliament saying he would of course go for it when there is a vacancy but there is a wide field of up to 20 candidates. May met the 1922 committees executive on Thursday, which represents Tory backbenchers, after mutinous MPs …

The schoolgirls who defied the Stasi: ‘Someone said,

They were West German teenagers on a school trip. He was a young man desperate to escape from East Germany. Thirty five years later, they tell their story Its December 1984, a week before Christmas. Tina Kirschner and Barbara Kahlke, two 17-year-olds from West Germany, are sitting on a creaking red bus headed for the socialist part of their divided country. Theyre on a school trip, and the mood is boisterous: almost 40 teenagers singing along to Duran Duran. But once they cross the heavily guarded border, reality hits. The world theyre entering feels alien and forbidding. All around them, slogans celebrate the glorious achievements of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Yet as they pass through the crumbling town centres, …

Cannes 2019: jury speaks out against ‘rage and anger’ of populist politicians

Jury president Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu takes aim at Donald Trumps anti-immigrant policies A familiar trio of topics Netflix, gender disparity and Donald Trump were on the agenda as the this years Cannes film festival got under way. At the press conference introducing this years festival jury, its president, Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu, took aim at Trump and offered support to theatre chains battling the dominance of the streaming service. Another jury member, the rise of populist politicians including Trump and said that his presence at the festival served as a repudiation for the US presidents anti-immigrant policies. Quick guide Cannes 2019 Show Hide When and where is it? The festival takes place in the French resort …

Cannes 2019: jury speaks out against ‘rage and anger’ of populist politicians

Jury president Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu takes aim at Donald Trumps anti-immigrant policies A familiar trio of topics Netflix, gender disparity and Donald Trump were on the agenda as the this years Cannes film festival got under way. At the press conference introducing this years festival jury, its president, Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu, took aim at Trump and offered support to theatre chains battling the dominance of the streaming service. Another jury member, the rise of populist politicians including Trump and said that his presence at the festival served as a repudiation for the US presidents anti-immigrant policies. Quick guide Cannes 2019 Show Hide When and where is it? The festival takes place in the French resort …

Ukraine elections: comedian leads polls as final round of voting begins

Little enthusiasm on display for either candidate in final round of presidential contest Voting is under way in the final round of Ukraines presidential election, where winning the first round three weeks ago, Zelenskiy entered a run-off with the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko, who finished in second place. Polling stations across the country, from the Carpathian mountains in the west to the war-torn Donbass region in the east of the country, opened on Sunday morning. Zelenskiy has offered little information about his policies or plans for the presidency, relying on viral videos, standup comedy gigs and jokes in place of campaigning. However, dissatisfaction with Poroshenko, who came to office five years ago after the Maidan revolution, is running high and most …