Every year we invite musicians, DJs and readers to send us their five favourite albums or tracks of 2016. In a year that saw so many great musicians pass away, there were a number of brilliant musical recordings. Our readers’ selections are eclectic and cross many genres. I hope you find some new music to explore.
Fascists taken 15% of the vote – especially worrying as the parliamentary fascist groups are closely linked to the armed paramilitaries who are “hunting” refugees at the borders.
The election of Donald Trump as the president of the US has shocked people across the world. But Trump’s victory was no freak result: it is part of a wider revival of far right racist populist parties and politics, which has also been graphically demonstrated in Europe.
The Stiff record label was founded in 1976, it was at the heart of punk and new wave scene, bringing the world artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Motorhead, Ian Dury and what is generally regarded as the first ever punk single, New Rose by The Damned. In his occasional blog looking at punk, Hassan Mahamdallie uncovers the magic of Stiff Records.
The referendum question was simple, “Do you want the European Union to be entitled to prescribe the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without the consent of parliament?”
The Czech deputy prime minister Andrej Babiš has caused a storm of outrage after making appalling Holocaust denial remarks. He said: