Unfortunately, the biggest cultural news of the week was again Brexit.
EU representatives backed the agreements their negotiators reached on the UK’s departure, and on the future relationship between the two:
EU27 has endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) November 25, 2018
UK prime minister Theresa May said in a letter that the deal was in the UK’s national interest and would deliver a brighter future.
Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, which has been dragged along with the deal, said the letter was “desperate”, that “almost nothing” in it was true, and that the deal is a bad one and should be rejected by the British parliament:
I don’t say this lightly, but almost nothing in this desperate letter is true. This is a bad deal, driven by the PM’s self defeating red lines and continual pandering to the right of her own party. Parliament should reject it and back a better alternative – SM/CU or #PeoplesVote https://t.co/TSsXQtVUAZ
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) November 25, 2018
That Parliamentary vote is due in about two weeks’ time…
Elsewhere, Switzerland held a referendum, and the Swiss voted by 66% to 34% that Swiss laws should not always take primacy over international laws and agreements. Human rights charity Amnesty International welcomed the outcome.
Speaking of French violence, the New York Times got hold of an advance copy of a report commissioned by Macron, which recommended that artefacts looted by France during its colonialist period should be returned.
The Conversation ran an article by a British historian who advocated that Britain should also return its ill-gotten gains – but must also take some responsibility for making sure they are properly looked after once returned.
Thousands took to the streets in Spain to protest violence against women, as reported by The Guardian.
Croatia’s ombudswoman has criticised the country’s authorities for “tacitly tolerating” far-right extremism, according to EurActiv.
Channel 4 news had a video piece by its reporter Paraic O’Brien on accusations that the Polish government has interfered in the running of a World War II museum.
Wired ran a story on how Mumsnet, an online forum for British mothers, is struggling to moderate comments relating to people who are transgender and on relations between their rights and the rights of cis gender women.
Italian news agency ANSA reported that an “explicit and sensual” painting of Spartan queen Leda being seduced by Zeus in the form of a swan has been discovered in the town of Pompeii, which was choked off by volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago.
And finally, ANSA also reported that the leaning tower of Pisa has lost 4cm of its lean in the past 20 years.
Words: Craig Nicholson