The AfD’s positions against immigration and sanctions on Russia are proving popular in Germany: For the first time, the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has not only overtaken the Green party but also the Social Democrats (SPD), and become the second most popular party in Germany, according to a new YouGov poll.
Crossings soared almost 300% in the first four months of 2023, the EU’s border agency has said. The number of illegal immigrants taking the central Mediterranean route into the EU rose to a record 42,165 in the first four months of this year, according to the bloc’s border security agency, Frontex. The agency blamed the rise on competition among human traffickers driving down the price of a crossing.
European household electricity bills jumped 20% in the second half of 2022, while gas bills rose 46%, Le Figaro reports, citing Eurostat data. At the same time, the statistical service points to significant differences between the EU countries: Eastern Europe, which was heavily dependent on Russian energy resources, suffered the most from rising prices.
The collie breed of dog was very much part of Michael’s early life. His family owned an extensive farm near Moville in Donegal, Ireland. He recalls the very special status of the six or so collies that worked the farm with the landowners.
FIRST WITH THE REAL NEWS: The success of the Farmer-Citizen Movement (BBB) will further undermine the Dutch government’s plans to impose radical agricultural reforms campaigners say will destroy rural communities.
Protesters claim the Dutch government is lying about the extent of the emissions problem in order to grab privately owned land. Thousands of Dutch farmers protested on Saturday against the government’s policies to reduce nitrogen emissions, warning they will put farms out of business and affect food production.
Despite Western attempts to punish Russia for the Ukraine crisis, its residents are not experiencing special hardships, says Sue Reed, editor of the Daily Mail. Moreover, according to the journalist, the food situation in Russia is much better than in the UK, which is faced with a shortage of fruits and vegetables.
SANCTIONS BACKFIRE: In Britain, a country that fed itself during World War II, supermarkets, and fruit and vegetable stands in supermarkets are empty. According to NTD, food shortages have forced chains to impose restrictions on the number of goods dispensed per person. This has become a problem not only for consumers but also for the food industry, whose survival depends on easy access to products.
The crisis in the agricultural industry has affected not only France but also all its European neighbors, according to France 2. In the UK, farmers are postponing the planting season to save on heating greenhouses in winter. In Germany, farmers are reducing production volumes due to higher fertilizer prices.
In an effort to make towns more user- and eco-friendly, urban planners have unveiled the ’15-minute city,’ which hopes to keep residents close to home to battle climate change. But will this plan open the door to greater restrictions?