Brexit looms, Berlin’s ‘Broken English’ shop aims for Ireland

Broken English, a Berlin-based shop that stocks British products, doesn’t fly the Union Jack outside its door anymore.

The British flag has become a source of shame for the shop’s new owner, Munich-born Antje Blank.

Blank, an avowed Anglophile, says the flag that once, for her, “oozed a sense of cool,” has now become tainted and stands for “insularity and borderline racism” following the Brexit vote.

“It has been hijacked by the Tory party, the Brexiteers and the Farage people,” Blank said, referring to Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit Party. The UK is currently gearing up for a Dec. 12 election, prompted by an impasse in parliament over Brexit withdrawal agreements. 

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European countries demand UN access to China’s Xinjiang camps after new leaks

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UK: George the Poet turns down MBE over ‘pure evil’ of British Empire

Award-winning artist George the Poet has revealed he turned down an MBE because of the “pure evil” of the British Empire////CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

The 28-year-old, real name George Mpanga, said that while he “deeply appreciated” the gesture, he did not want to accept the honour because of “the colonial trauma inflicted on the children of Africa”.

Mpanga, who was born in London but is of Ugandan heritage, added that the empire had committed “rape” against his homeland and that its conduct in the country was “pure evil”.

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There is no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) will be a significant driver of Europe’s economic success over the coming decade. What is less clear, however, is how we can capitalise on this new technology, and its potential to solve many of society’s biggest challenges.