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Ukraine’s victory shows Eurovision is political



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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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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



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BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

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“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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