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World has failed to learn lessons of Berlin Wall, say film-makers

Directors taking part in two UK film seasons believe separation is becoming more prevalent

Thirty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, film-makers who documented life on either side say divides between communities are becoming more prevalent, from Brexit to tensions at the US-Mexico border.

The subject of the Berlin Wall and its effect on East and West Germans is being explored in two film seasons: the Barbican’s Borders and Boundaries, and Home in Manchester’s Beyond the Berlin Wall, which focuses exclusively on female directors.

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Farage-fronted group of MEPs unfairly treated over funds, court finds

ECJ ruling on 2016 repayment order seen as a significant PR victory for anti-EU parties

Nigel Farage has been handed a victory by the European court of justice, after judges found a political group he fronted had been unfairly treated over a demand to repay EU funds.

The ECJ’s general court found that “appearances of impartiality were seriously compromised”, when a panel of MEP leaders decided in November 2016 that a Ukip-dominated group should be asked to repay €173,000 (£148,000) and denied a further €501,000 in EU grant money.

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Boris Johnson urged to nominate new EU commissioner ‘rapidly’

Incoming EU commission head Ursula von der Leyen calls on PM to act ‘in shortest time possible’

The incoming head of the European commission has exposed Boris Johnson’s failure to meet his “do or die” pledge to leave the European Union on 31 October, by requesting the “rapid” nomination of a British candidate to join her Brussels top team.

Ursula von der Leyen has written to Johnson asking him to propose a British candidate or candidates for EU commissioner “rapidly, in the shortest time possible”, one of her spokespeople said on Wednesday.

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Can Britain reach a trade deal with the EU by the end of 2020?

Few experts believe transition period is long enough, raising continued threat of no-deal Brexit

Britain’s journey beyond a potential exit from the EU will be fraught, complicated and full of political potholes.

Related: Brexit transition period will not be extended past 2020, says Gove

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John Bercow: Brexit is UK’s biggest mistake since second world war

Former Speaker tells foreign media UK is better off as part of EU power bloc

Days after bowing out as Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has described Brexit as the biggest mistake Britain has made since the second world war.

Bercow, who was persistently accused of bias by Brexit-backing MPs during his term as Speaker, gave a valedictory speech to the Foreign Press Association, revealing himself to be a remainer.

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Brexit transition period will not be extended past 2020, says Gove

Cabinet minister promises no delays, despite PM having broken previous deadline

Michael Gove has promised that the UK will have struck a trade deal with the EU by the end of 2020 and will not extend its transition period, despite Boris Johnson having failed to meet his previous Brexit deadline.

The cabinet minister confirmed the pledge tying a Conservative government’s hands if the party wins a majority, saying it was realistic because Johnson had secured a deal with the EU within 90 days. In fact, Johnson’s deal is heavily based on Theresa May’s deal, which took about 18 months to negotiate, and most international trade deals take years to finalise.

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Brexit weekly briefing: election result likely to catch out the pundits

With four main parties in the fray, predicting what will happen on 12 December is devilishly difficult

Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing. If you’d like to receive this as a weekly email, sign up here. You can catch our latest Brexit Means … podcast here, and for daily updates head to Andrew Sparrow’s politics live blog.

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