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22. Juli 2024 um 09:00

Protests in Mallorca against Over-Tourism

Menschen halten ein Plakat mit der Aufschrift „Tourismus ja, aber nicht so“ während einer Demonstration gegen Übertourismus und Immobilienpreise in Palma de Mallorca am 21. Juli 2024
Thousands of people in Mallorca, Spain, take to the streets to protest against the negative effects of mass tourism. They demand limits on tourism to protect public services, natural resources, and housing. The Balearic Islands, including Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza, saw a record 17.8 million visitors last year. Protesters call for regulations on tourist rental flats and the imposition of a tourist tax. The demonstration, organized by the group 'Less Tourism, More Life' and supported by 100 other organizations, attracted an estimated 20,000 participants according to the police, while organizers claim 50,000. Similar protests have taken place in other Spanish tourist hotspots like Barcelona and Málaga. The protesters argue that the current level of tourism has led to rising prices, overcrowding, and a negative impact on the local community. They are calling for sustainable tourism that respects nature and benefits all members of society. Architects and tourism experts have proposed solutions to manage tourism more effectively.
22. Juli 2024 um 05:50

20,000 Protesters Rally Against Mass Tourism in Mallorca

Menschen halten ein Plakat mit der Aufschrift „Tourismus ja, aber nicht so“ während einer Demonstration gegen Übertourismus und Immobilienpreise in Palma de Mallorca am 21. Juli 2024
At least 20,000 people took to the streets of Palma de Mallorca to protest against mass tourism and demand changes to the existing tourism model. The demonstrators, organized by around 80 organizations, marched through the busiest streets of the city under the motto 'Let's change course and limit tourism.' Protesters carried colorful flags and signs with slogans such as 'Your luxury, our misery' to highlight the negative effects of tourism on the local population. The current tourism model has strained public services, harmed natural resources, and made access to housing increasingly difficult for locals. The police counted 20,000 participants, while the organizers claimed there were 50,000. Last year, a record number of 17.8 million people visited the Balearic Islands, including Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza, and even more tourists are expected this year. Similar protests have also taken place on the islands in May, under the slogan 'Our islands are not for sale.'
21. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Protests Against Tourism Overcrowding in the Balearic Islands

Menschen halten ein Plakat mit der Aufschrift „Tourismus ja, aber nicht so“ während einer Demonstration gegen Übertourismus und Immobilienpreise in Palma de Mallorca am 21. Juli 2024
Over 12,000 people took part in a major demonstration in Palma to demand limits on tourism. The Balearic Islands are facing overcrowding due to mass tourism, and protesters are calling for an end to the tourism monoculture. This protest is a wake-up call for the government to take action and implement measures to address the issue. The demonstration follows previous protests in 2017 and last May, highlighting the difficulties caused by mass tourism, such as access to housing and rising prices. The protesters are advocating for measures such as a minimum residency requirement to purchase a home, reducing commercial flights, and banning private jets. They also want to eliminate budget items for tourism promotion and expand tax measures on the tourism industry. Despite existing attempts to address overcrowding, such as a tourist tax, a moratorium on new places, and restrictions on cruise ships and cars, these actions have not provided a clear solution. Social discontent is growing, with concerns about the impact on water resources, rising prices, and the overall quality of life for residents. The protesters are calling for sustainable tourism that respects nature and ensures the long-term viability of the islands.
20. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Belarus proposes 'solutions' for German sentenced to death

The government in Belarus is reportedly proposing 'solutions' in the case of a German man sentenced to death in the country. The man, who was convicted on charges of terrorism and mercenary activity, has been in custody since November 2023. The process is related to the Kastus-Kalinouski Regiment, a Belarusian volunteer group fighting against Russia. The international human rights organization Wjasna brought attention to the case, which has been partly held behind closed doors. The German Foreign Office and the embassy in Minsk are providing support to the man, with consular access granted. Belarus is the only European country that still carries out the death penalty, and executions are not made public nor are bodies handed to families. Belarus is a close ally of Russia.
19. Juli 2024 um 23:55

Europe Sizzles in Heatwave, Workers Seek Relief

As a scorching heatwave engulfs Europe, Spain experiences intense temperatures exceeding 40°C, reaching a peak of 44°C on the Mediterranean coast. Authorities in Spain take measures to protect workers and warn of the risk of wildfires. Grape pickers start work at 4 am to avoid the midday heat, while haze from Africa exacerbates the health impacts. Meanwhile, in Madrid, residents seek refuge from the heat in air-conditioned shopping malls, highlighting the need for accessible cooling centers. Additionally, the UK experiences its hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures surpassing 30°C. The Met Office issues heat health alerts for Midlands, eastern, and southern England, advising people to seek shade and apply SPF during peak hours.
19. Juli 2024 um 13:28

European Heatwave and Health Warnings

A heatwave is sweeping across southern and central Europe, with temperatures reaching up to 44C in Spain. The heatwave, driven by hot, dry air from North Africa, has prompted health warnings in several countries. Wildfires have also broken out in Greece, Croatia, and Italy, and Serbia has reported record power consumption. Dust from the Sahara is affecting several areas, including Ceuta, Melilla, the Balearics, and the eastern Canaries. The heatwave is expected to peak soon, with the highest temperatures recorded in southern Spain. Climate change is making heatwaves more intense and frequent. Meanwhile, heavy seasonal rain in China has led to widespread flooding, with many major rivers exceeding flood warning levels. In the UK, approximately six million people, including vulnerable groups such as young children and the elderly, are at high risk from extreme heat. These alarming weather conditions highlight the urgent need for climate adaptation plans and measures to protect public health.
18. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Heat Waves Ravage Europe: Spain, Greece, Italy, and Ukraine Struggle

Southern and eastern Europe face unprecedented heat waves with Spain and Greece declaring emergencies due to scorching temperatures exceeding 40°C. Greek firefighters battle 40 new blazes, while Spain copes with Saharan sand and dust exacerbating the extreme conditions. The relentless heat forces outdoor restrictions and raises wildfire risks, with grape pickers starting work at dawn to escape the midday sun. In Ukraine, a damaged energy grid confronts a new challenge as a 40°C heat wave prompts nationwide blackouts, pushing businesses to rely on generators and residents to cool off at the Dnipro River during outages. The situation remains dire as Europe grapples with the unbearable heat, prompting urgent measures and resilience against the relentless summer inferno.
18. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Car sales in the EU: Hybrid vehicle sales rise - pure electric cars decline

The latest data from the European car market shows a rise in hybrid vehicle sales and a decline in pure electric cars, except in Belgium and Italy. Germany, the Netherlands, and France have seen declines in electric car sales. Gasoline and diesel engines remain stable in Germany but are declining in other countries. The market shares for fossil fuel drives are at 47.1%, electric cars at 14.4%, and hybrids at 29.5%. Price differences between combustion engine and electric models still exist, but transaction prices are converging. The decline in electric car sales can be attributed to factors such as reduced or discontinued subsidies and limited customer interest. The high prices of electric cars, concerns about range, charging infrastructure, and the possibility of changes to the ban on combustion engines by 2035 have also contributed to the decline. Despite these challenges, the overall car market in Europe has seen a 4.3% increase in new car registrations, driven by strong sales in Italy, Germany, and Spain.
17. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Environmental Emergency in Valencia: Beaches Closed Due to Fuel Spill

A fuel spill in the Devesa-Albufera natural park in Valencia led to the closure of l'Arbre del Gos and El Saler beaches. The Maritime Captaincy and Maritime Rescue are assessing the hydrocarbon spill. The Emergency Coordination Center activated the Territorial Emergency Plan. València Firefighters deployed drones, and the Local Police are assisting. In a separate incident, Valencia closed beaches due to an unidentified black substance, prompting cleanup efforts and an investigation into the spill's source. The focus remains on reopening the affected beaches for locals and tourists.
17. Juli 2024 um 11:55

EU Court of Auditors Criticizes Unrealistic Goals in EU Commission's Hydrogen Strategy

The European Court of Auditors has criticized the unrealistic goals set by the EU Commission in its hydrogen strategy. The production and import targets for green hydrogen by 2030 are considered too ambitious and not realistic. The Commission's lack of a complete overview of the necessary investments and the differing ambitions of EU states have hindered progress. The report highlights problems in the value chain that threaten competitiveness and strategic dependencies. The EU needs to update its hydrogen strategy to address these challenges. Additionally, the Commission's funding for the hydrogen industry is scattered across multiple programs, making it difficult for companies to access the right resources. The EU's dependence on a few states for strategically important energy carriers is also a concern. Despite these criticisms, there are already numerous green hydrogen projects in operation in the EU, and some goals, such as sourcing 42% of hydrogen from renewable sources by 2030, are legally mandated. Hydrogen remains a key element in decarbonizing the energy industry.
16. Juli 2024 um 20:07

Bus Accident Chaos: Overturns, Vertical Blockade, and Tragedy in Spain and Peru

A series of devastating bus accidents have recently struck both Spain and Peru, causing chaos and heartbreak. In Pineda de Mar, Spain, a bus overturned at a tunnel entrance, leaving several passengers injured and the driver trapped. The route between Pineda de Mar and Tordera faced disruptions as the bus, carrying 60 Inditex employees, caused the closure of C-32. The dramatic scene led to the activation of emergency services, including 10 fire brigade units, 14 medical emergency units, and 2 medicalized helicopters. Meanwhile, in another tragic incident in Peru, a bus traveling from Lima to Ayacucho plunged into a ravine, resulting in at least 21 fatalities and 20 injuries. These accidents highlight the grave consequences of road incidents and the importance of stringent safety measures to prevent such tragedies.
16. Juli 2024 um 09:04

Government Borrowing and Fiscal Rules: What it Means for the Economy

The German Finance Ministry has announced plans to increase borrowing for 2024 to 50.3 billion euros, citing weak economic growth as a reason for higher debt. Despite the increase, the government aims to adhere to fiscal rules and maintain the debt limit. The budget for this year will see higher spending, with a focus on renewable energy and social welfare. However, uncertainties remain, with significant gaps in the financial planning for the coming years. Eurozone countries may also face deeper spending cuts in 2025 to comply with new EU fiscal rules, which aim to reduce high debt levels in countries like France, Italy, and Spain. Additionally, major economies worldwide, including France, the US, the UK, and Japan, are grappling with growing debt concerns. The fiscal discipline and borrowing decisions made by governments will have a significant impact on economic growth and debt sustainability in the coming years.
14. Juli 2024 um 23:57

Spain's Glorious Victory: Fourth European Championship Triumph

Spain has emerged as the best European champion of all time, winning their fourth European Championship title with a thrilling 2-1 victory against England in the final. The match, held at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, showcased the exceptional talent and resilience of the Spanish national team. Lamine Yamal, Nico Williams, and Mikel Oyarzabal played pivotal roles in Spain's triumph, with Yamal's impressive performances throughout the tournament earning him the title of the best young player. Despite facing adversity, such as Rodri's injury and the disheartening equalizer by England's Cole Palmer, Spain demonstrated their unwavering faith and determination. Dani Olmo's crucial defensive header in the final minutes denied England a dramatic late equalizer, sealing Spain's victory. The Spanish press celebrates their record European championship, while England, still waiting for their first major trophy since 1966, experiences the agony of defeat. Spain's triumph signifies the beginning of another era to dream of, with young talents like Yamal leading the way. Spain's victory is a testament to their cohesive gameplay and the exceptional abilities of players like Dani Carvajal and Laporte, who displayed exceptional performances throughout the tournament. With this triumph, Spain solidifies their position as the most successful national team in the history of the European Championships.
12. Juli 2024 um 20:08

Political Turmoil in Spain: PP and Vox Rifts Over Migration Policies

A rift has emerged in Spain's political landscape as the PSOE and PP reject amendments proposed by Podemos and Vox against their judicial pact, sparking criticism and accusations of espionage involvement. Meanwhile, Vox has severed ties with the PP in multiple regions due to disagreements over migration policies, leading to government collapses and resignations. The PP now faces the challenge of maintaining moderation while competing with Vox's hardline stance on sensitive issues like immigration. Despite the turmoil, the judicial pact is progressing in Congress and is expected to be approved by the end of July, highlighting the ongoing political tensions in Spain's governing bodies.
12. Juli 2024 um 09:04

Vox Breaks Coalition Governments with PP Over Migrant Minors Issue

The recent political turmoil in Spain revolves around Vox's decision to break coalition governments with the Partido Popular (PP) in multiple regions. Vox, a far-right party, took this drastic step after the PP agreed to relocate around 350 unaccompanied migrant minors from the Canary Islands and Ceuta to the Spanish mainland, a move vehemently opposed by Vox. Santiago Abascal, the leader of Vox, accused the PP of facilitating an 'invasion of illegal migrants' and stated that cooperation with those not aligned with their stance is impossible. This rupture affects five regions where both parties governed together, leading to uncertainty in regional governance. The PP, in response, is striving to maintain stability and autonomy, with regional presidents exploring ways to uphold their governments' continuity despite Vox's withdrawal. The situation underscores the contentious debate surrounding immigration policies and the challenges of balancing political alliances with differing ideologies.
9. Juli 2024 um 20:03

Political Dynamics in France and Spain: Balancing Alliances and Ideologies

The recent political landscape in France and Spain reveals a complex interplay of ideologies and alliances. The Partido Popular in Spain finds itself in a delicate position, defending its pacts with Vox while urging Macron in France to exclude extremes from the government. Despite the French 7-J elections, Spanish politics remain largely unchanged, with no immediate effects on existing alliances. The rise of different blocs in France, including the left-wing New People's Front and President Macron's centrist camp, complicates government formation and hints at future challenges. Feijóo's call for historical coherence in Catalonia and the PP's rejection of Vox's stance on immigrant minors further exemplify the intricate political dynamics at play. As Spain's VOX emphasizes ties with Italy's Meloni post-EU faction change, the political landscape in both countries underscores the need for navigating diverse ideological landscapes while maintaining strategic political relationships.
7. Juli 2024 um 09:04

Barcelona Protests Against Negative Effects of Mass Tourism

Thousands of people in Barcelona recently took to the streets to protest against the detrimental impacts of mass tourism on the city. Demonstrators highlighted issues such as rising rents due to shops and apartments being allocated to tourists, leading to decreased quality of life for residents. With over 12 million annual visitors causing strain on infrastructure and environmental pollution, the city plans to phase out vacation rentals by 2028 to prioritize housing for locals. This demonstration reflects a growing global sentiment towards reevaluating the consequences of unrestricted tourism, with cities like Venice, Amsterdam, and New York also considering restrictions to manage the influx of visitors.
6. Juli 2024 um 19:59

Rise of the 'Patriots for Europe' Right-Wing Faction in the European Parliament

A new right-wing political faction named 'Patriots for Europe' is emerging in the European Parliament, spearheaded by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The group includes parties like Vox from Spain, led by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and the Dutch PVV party of Geert Wilders. Together, they are forming a coalition against the EU's climate protection measures. This alliance advocates for 'peace, security, and development' as opposed to what they perceive as 'war, migration, and stagnation'. The move is significant as it aims to challenge the current political landscape and potentially impact key decisions within the European Parliament. Despite varying stances on issues like Ursula von der Leyen's leadership, these right-wing parties are uniting under a shared vision for a more nationalist and Eurosceptic direction in European politics.
6. Juli 2024 um 00:02

Challenges and Rivalries: Germany vs. Spain, Biden's Political Struggle, and Budget Dispute

In the midst of the European Championship quarter-final clash between Germany and Spain, a historic rivalry is reignited as Germany seeks to overcome a 36-year competitive drought against the Spaniards. Simultaneously, the traffic light coalition in Germany grapples with a budget dispute, emphasizing the need for a compromise. Across the Atlantic, US President Joe Biden faces a political survival struggle, navigating challenges that include a bid for re-election and a high-stakes interview. The football face-off is not just about tactics but also a clash of technical prowess, with players like Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal being key factors. As Spain survives a nail-biting match against Germany, the intensity of the competition underscores the strategic battles both on and off the field.
5. Juli 2024 um 06:23

Germany vs. Spain: A Highly Anticipated Quarterfinal Clash

The quarterfinal between Germany and Spain at the European Championship is expected to be a thrilling match between two of the tournament's most successful teams. Germany has not won a competitive game against Spain in over 36 years, but they have a chance to end that streak. Spain is unbeaten in the tournament, while Germany has scored the most goals. Young stars like Yamal, Williams, and Musiala will lead their teams' attacks. The experts believe this match is a preview of the final and the outcome will depend on how Germany can keep the Spanish offense in check. German fans are skeptical, with a higher percentage expecting a Spanish victory. Former players like Thomas Hitzlsperger and Philipp Lahm have different views on the match, but both agree that it will be a closely contested game. The German national team's schedule leading up to the quarterfinal includes preparations and a final briefing before heading to the stadium.
2. Juli 2024 um 06:17

Air Europa Plane Emergency Landing in Brazil Due to Severe Turbulence

An Air Europa flight from Madrid to Montevideo made an emergency landing in Natal, Brazil, after encountering severe turbulence, leaving around 30-40 passengers injured. The injured individuals were treated at local hospitals, with some awaiting further test results before discharge. The plane, carrying 325 passengers, diverted its route to Natal, where medical assistance was available, and passengers will continue their journey to Uruguay on a different aircraft.
1. Juli 2024 um 20:01

Supreme Court's Denial of Amnesty in 'Procés' Case Sparks Political Criticism and Complicates Investiture Talks

The Supreme Court's rejection of amnesty for embezzlement in the 'procés' case, particularly concerning Carles Puigdemont, has drawn criticism from Junts and ERC. They view it as a blow to democracy and the separation of powers. Despite the decision, both parties separate it from ongoing investiture negotiations in Catalonia. This development also complicates the investiture path for the socialist Salvador Illa, with ERC introducing challenging demands. Furthermore, internal issues within ERC have surfaced, with the party acknowledging and addressing a defamatory campaign against a candidate for the Barcelona City Council.
29. Juni 2024 um 23:56

Spaniards Rally in Málaga Against Negative Impacts of Mass Tourism

"Tourism kills the City"
Thousands of Spaniards are gathering in Málaga to protest the adverse effects of mass tourism, focusing on issues like housing shortages, high rental prices, and displacement of residents. The demonstrations highlight concerns about gentrification and the lack of political action to address over-tourism. Similar movements against excessive tourism have emerged in various Spanish cities, reflecting a growing discontent with the consequences of the tourism industry on local communities.
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