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The Ukrainian group became the winner of the European Song Festival. The European public is making it clear which side it is on in the war, says DW journalist Andreas Brenner Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) for the third time this Saturday (14.05). The country is currently experiencing its worst invasion since World War II, and yet it entered the music competition. It’s as unbelievable as throwing one of the biggest parties in Europe when a brutal war ravages the middle of the continent.

The victory of Ukraine saved Eurovision from this dilemma and took a clear political position. The Kalush Orchestra performed at Eurovision. The Ukrainians staged a fantastic performance in Turin, which was awarded the highest rating by the audience. We will never know if Stefania would have won the competition under other circumstances. In any case, the expert jury put Ukraine “only” in fourth place.

But the public had no other choice. Firstly, Ukraine needs all kinds of support, as Oleg Psyuk, leader of the group, noted. Secondly, Eurovision stands for peaceful coexistence, self-determination and the joy of life – all that is now trying to destroy the army of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

ESC has never been politically indifferent

The votes for Ukraine sent a clear message to Russia: Europe and fellow Eurovision entrant Australia will never accept war. It was a political and correct decision. In any case, the contest has never been politically indifferent. His own creation in 1956 brought to the stage countries that 12 years earlier fought each other in World War II. It was political. The first German victory in the competition in 1982 with Nicole’s “Ein bisschen Frieden” (“Little World”) created a sensation at the time and in the peace movement.

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The fall of the Iron Curtain opened the way for ESC to Eastern Europe. On several occasions, political disputes arose between the participants. As well as Russia and Ukraine. In 2016, the victory of Ukrainian Jamala in Stockholm with the song 1944 showed which side Europe was on after the annexation of Crimea.

Russia has no place in the ESC

In 1944, the Crimean Tatars were massively deported from the peninsula on the orders of Stalin. Unlike in 1944, Stefania does not hide any political messages, which are actually prohibited by the rules of the competition. Stefania is a mother’s love song that mixes folk and rap in Ukrainian. Yet another example of the multifaceted Ukrainian culture and identity that Putin constantly denies exists.

With its support for Ukraine, Eurovision showed that the country belongs to the European family. The organizer of the festival, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), regarded the calls to help Ukraine as a humanitarian gesture – well aware of the feelings that the war in Ukraine arouses among participants and Europeans.

There is no place for Russia in this family. After pressure from several EBU members, the country was eliminated from the competition after invading Ukraine. To return to the festival, Russia needs to mentally “de-Putinize”. This will take years, as the rejection of universal European values ​​is deeply rooted in Russian society.

However, the clear political position of Eurovision does not mean that the competition can be instrumentalized by politicians. Eurovision fans are smart enough not to be patronized by politicians. They make their own political decisions. The free spirit of Eurovision is also the key to its success and popularity not only among the fans.

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Respect for Ukraine – and in the next Eurovision

And if you laugh at the Norwegian “wolves”, the exaggerated emotions of some ballads, and the Serbian artist who washed her hands on stage, then okay. Fun is part of Saturday night. This could eventually end quickly, as the Russian attack showed. This invasion robbed many Ukrainians of the enjoyment of Eurovision. It’s hard to imagine them enjoying the evening as relaxed as the Spaniards, Italians and Poles.

The victory of the Kalush orchestra also has a bitter taste. The winning country will host the next Eurovision next year. This seems impossible with the current destruction of Ukraine, even if the war ends soon and Russia stops bombing Ukrainian cities.

Another country is likely to host the next Eurovision Song Contest, possibly the United Kingdom, which came in second. The EBU will find a solution. But she must respect the performance of Ukraine, as the audience of Eurovision 2022 did.

Andreas Brenner, correspondent for DW. The text reflects the personal opinion of the author, not necessarily DW.

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Primary schools of the municipality are preparing a political and pedagogical project Jornal da Manhã

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The leaders of 31 primary schools of the municipal network took part in the 2nd Training Meeting on the preparation of the Political Education Project (PPP) for implementation in school divisions from the second semester of 2022.

The PPP is being prepared by the Department of Education (Semed) through the Directorate of Teaching/Department of Primary Education, and the latest event with Principals, Alternate Principals and Educational Coordinators hosted last week by Advisor Andrea Richitelli.

The political-pedagogical project is a theoretical and methodological tool for intervening and changing reality in search of the quality of education, success and permanence of students in school. This is a tool for the formation of citizens,” said Luciana Kruvinel, director of education at Semed.

According to Mara Jennari, Head of the Department of Primary Education, the project itself is a process of building and organizing the pedagogical work of the school as a whole on the principles of democratic governance, quality and equality.

At this last meeting, the management teams of the schools were focused on how to write the PPP Situational Concept Paper.

Actions around the Political Education Project have also advanced to the formation of commissions made up of representatives of teachers, administrative staff and families who will be involved in the process of developing the teaching staff of each educational unit.

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MPE even tries to block CNH to force politician to pay for conviction

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MPE even tries to block CNH to force politician to pay for conviction

After five years of trying to freeze the valuables or assets of former MP Meraldo de Sa – finding nothing – the Public Ministry of State (MPE) asked the court to apply “atypical measures” such as arresting CNH to make him pay a fine of more than 100,000 reais for the conviction he received for administrative offences.

The former MP was convicted in 2014 for employing his mother, brother and wife in the municipality of Acorizal (63 km north of Cuiaba) in 2005, when he was mayor.

He was fined 10 times the salary he received as mayor.

The punishment has already become final (when there is nowhere to appeal).

According to MPE, the process has been in the execution phase for more than five years.

The search for goods and attempts to invest were made according to the order and according to the available systems, but all remained inconclusive.

For this reason, the public ministry demanded the adoption of atypical executive measures, which consisted in the seizure of the former deputy of the Council of National Economy and the passport.

However, Judge Celia Vidotti of the Specialized Court of Class Actions said enforcement action is subject to a decision by the High Court of Justice (HJC).

It therefore decided to stay the proceedings against Meraldo Sá pending a later decision by the STJ.

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During the trial, the Public Ministry of State (MPE) reported that Meraldo Sá, as mayor of Acorisal, agreed to the appointment of Carmelina Carmen de Sá (his mother), Maldo Figueiredo Sá (his brother) and Daisy Fatima Ferreira da Silva (his wife) , “in their respective functions of Social Support Coordinator, Cabinet Coordinator, and Support and Social Assistance Secretary.”

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MPE stated that because the Federal Supreme Court (STF) expressly prohibits the practice of nepotism, it issued a notice to Meraldo in 2008 demanding that all relatives be exonerated and that no new contracts of this type be entered into.

But the then mayor did not prove that he did the rehabilitation, and the MNO notified him twice more, with no answer, and in 2010 the mayor’s relatives were still in office.

Meraldo, on the other hand, argued that his wife’s appointment to the Department of Promotion and Social Assistance did not fall under nepotism. He also stated that he exonerated his brother in 2007 and his mother in 2009.

The judge agreed that the appointment of Meraldo’s wife was not nepotism, since her position was political, not administrative.

However, this does not apply to the appointment of mother and brother, since both held administrative positions.

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