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Emmanuel Macron, Theresa May, French Open: Your Monday Briefing

June 12, 2017 4:12 AM
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Emmanuel Macron, Theresa May, French Open: Your Monday Briefing

Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party benefited from a high turnout of younger voters in last week’s election, many of whom opposed leaving the European Union.

• Russia’s opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is testing public sentiment toward President Vladimir Putin with his call for protests today. It is Russia Day, a national holiday.

Separately, some gay Chechens, facing persecution at home, have found refuge in Europe. More are waiting in safe houses throughout Russia, an activist said.

In Ukraine, an assassin pretending to be a French journalist tried to kill two ethnic Chechen critics of Mr. Putin. The would-be victims are well known for volunteering to fight Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.

• Good news! Cellphone use in the European Union is set to become cheaper this week. Here’s a look at other business news we’re watching this week.

• The U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is to testify tomorrow about issues related to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. [The New York Times]

• In Kosovo, preliminary results suggested a coalition led by Ramush Haradinaj, the former rebel leader, would win parliamentary elections. His return to power would anger Serbia. [The New York Times]

• Italy’s populist Five Star Movement suffered a severe setback in local elections, exit polls suggested, undermining its hopes of winning national elections. [Reuters]

• Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, addressed a crowd of tens of thousands at a rally in Barcelona for Catalan independence from Spain. The region’s president announced a referendum in the fall. [The Guardian/El País]

• “President, I am overwhelmed.” Turkish students, facing exams, are begging President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to unblock Wikipedia. [The New York Times]

• A son of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, Libya’s late dictator, was released by the militia that had held him captive since the 2011 uprising. He remains wanted by the International Criminal Court. [The New York Times]

• Recipe of the day: Sustain yourself — and the family — for the week with a sheet of broccoli rabe lasagna.

• Our film critics picked the 25 best movies of the 21st century. Their top European pick, at No. 5, is the Romanian film “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.”

• Finally, our food editor fell in love with pork gyros, a dish he discovered in Melbourne, Australia. That city has the largest Greek population outside Greece. “Each of us, regardless of education, smarts or experience, has gaps in what we know, deep lacunas into which we occasionally get to place amazing treasure,” he writes.

The staging was powerful: A U.S. president stood behind panels of bulletproof glass near the Berlin Wall at the height of the Cold War.

On this day 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan issued a challenge to the Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

The wall — which had divided the German capital since 1961 — was a physical and metaphorical symbol of the ideological and economic differences that separated East and West.

The Times called Reagan’s address an effort to undercut Europe’s growing approval of Gorbachev, who had instituted a liberalizing policy called glasnost, or openness. (The Soviet news agency Tass called the speech “openly provocative” and “warmongering.”)

The effects of Reagan’s speech have since been debated. Political commentators and historians noted that it received relatively little news coverage at the time. Initial drafts met resistance in the White House, and the call to tear down the wall did not appear until later versions.

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