Dear Arbury Road reader,
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🚦The new Traffic Light Coalition (SPD, The Greens, Liberals) 🇩🇪🇪🇺
🇩🇪 In this video, Arturo Bjørklund Winters, a member of the German Social Democratic Party in Berlin and co-founder of Arbury Road, comments on the new German government.
🚦The so-called Traffic light coalition allowed the SPD and the Greens to form a government with the liberals. But what are the limits of this government? What parts of their programme did the SPD and Greens have to abandon to reach an agreement? And will they be able to reform Germany and Europe?
🇸🇪 Sweden's first female PM ⏳
🇸🇪 This week Sweden got its first female Prime Minister, the Social Democrats’ Magdalena Andersson.
⏳ Actually, she was first elected last Wednesday, but forced to resign just hours later when the Greens left the minority coalition that had governed since January 2019 after a record-long negotiation with supporting parties following the 2018 election.
Andersson becomes Prime Minister after the retirement of Stefan Löfven, who was returned as Prime Minister after losing a vote of no confidence in June.
We also published Simon Davidsson’s article on the June government crisis if you’d like to know more.
Europe is made by activists
This week’s article was written by Arturo Bjørklund Winters. Arturo is an activist and secretary of a local association of the German Social Democrats (SPD) in Berlin. He is also a member of the Italian Social Democrats Partito Democratico.
🇪🇺 In this article Arturo tells us his experience in creating transnational connections between Italy and Germany, including difficulties in finding the time, and his motivation and passion to contribute to the creation of a real European identity. Europe in the end will be made by activists.
🎙 The Last 20 - con Odette Mbuyi
🇪🇺 Do you know what the last 20 is? The answer to the G20 ✊
➡️ The Last 20 are a committee that brings together the “L20s”, the twenty most “impoverished” countries of our planet, based on international statistics on the main socio-economic and environmental indicators. They are the countries that suffer most from the unequal distribution of resources, the impact of climate change, and internal wars, things that are often fuelled by the G20.
🎙We talked about it with Odette Mbuyi, a new member of Arbury Road who is also involved in the organisation as a member of the delegation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo! #last20
✊ Odette was also a candidate in the regional elections with Articolo Uno - Padova.
🇮🇹 The recording is in Italian but with subtitles on youtube! ➡️ https://thelast20.org/
𝔻𝕖𝕔𝕖𝕞𝕓𝕖𝕣, 𝟙𝕤𝕥. - 𝕎𝕠𝕣𝕝𝕕 𝔸𝕀𝔻𝕊 𝔻𝕒𝕪
For World AIDS Day, we think that the priorities are:
1️⃣ End of the stigma. The disease should not say something about the person who has it. This stigma violates equality and makes HIV and AIDS a taboo.
2️⃣ Sex education and affective interventions. Education is the main resource to prevent contagion and the spread of STDs.
3️⃣ Prevention. Get tested to stop HIV and AIDS infections.
🏳️🌈 We want also to re-share with you the podcast on HIV testing week and LGBT phobia in Europe that we recorded last week with Alessandro Ceccarelli, affiliated Scholar at the University of Cambridge and member of the Steering Committee of Fast Track Cardiff and Vale, a Fast Track City initiative that is working to achieve the UNAIDS targets of zero new HIV transmissions and zero stigma associated with HIV.
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