The Associated Press Published 2:17 PM EDT Apr 3, 2019 Berlin – The German state of Bavaria is set to accept in large part a plan by environmentalists to save bees and protect biodiversity, averting a referendum on the issue. In February, backers of the plan collected nearly 1.75 million signatures, over 18% of the region’s electorate and enough to force a vote. It would set aside more space to protect imperiled insects and banish many pesticides from a third of Bavaria’s agricultural land. Leaders of Bavaria’s two governing parties – both traditional allies of farmers, who have criticized the proposal – said Wednesday that they would back the plan in the state legislature. But news agency dpa reported that they said some aspects would be clarified and there would be payments to farmers to cushion the impact. … [Read more...] about Bavaria to accept environmentalists’ bee-saving plan
Over couple of thousand years, the inhabitants of the lands we know today as Germany have had a lot to deal with. War, plague, famine - and they’re just the headline acts. Closer to home, fire, drowning, poisoning and animal attack were all not that uncommon, especially in areas outside the main cities. Death was never far away. Is it any wonder then, that generations of Germans have made pilgrimages to places they believe sanctified and holy, even long before Christianity arrived? Pilgrimages offered (and continue to offer) something that many ordinary folk were in desperate need of - reassurance and peace, the hope of a good afterlife. The Miracle of Wälldurn Truth be told, however, it hasn’t taken much for Germans to establish a location as a destination for pilgrimage. Take what is known as the ‘Eucharistic Miracle of Wälldurn’, for example. One day in 1330, it is written, a priest conducting Mass at the church of Wälldurn, in … [Read more...] about Weekend Wanderlust: A pilgrimage to Germany’s ‘sacred sites’
EVERY year, millions of Brits spend thousands on a far flung getaway. But believe it or not, there are actually plenty of holiday spots around Britain that are just as exotic looking. The island has a number of locations where if you didn't know any better... you'd swear you were abroad. In North Wales, there is a tiny village that looks like it would be better suited to the cliffs of the Amalfi coast for instance. Up in Scotland meanwhile, there are several white sandy beaches that wouldn't look out of place in the Caribbean. Sure, you might risk more rain by staying in the UK... but you'll also save the hassle of flights and currency conversion. Read on to see which exotic British holiday spots have to be seen to be believed... Castell Coch in South Wales No, this isn’t a castle in Bavaria, this is Castle Coch in South Wales. The 19th century building was built near the village of Tongwynlais by a Victorian who was fascinated by the Middle Ages. John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, … [Read more...] about These UK destinations could be abroad they look so exotic… so can you guess where they are?
Berliners can most likely look forward to 10 public holidays in 2019. The German capital, which up to this point has been the Bundesland with the least amount of public holidays, has become the first federal state to vote on Frauentag (women's day) as a public holiday. The Social Democrats (SPD), Die Linke (the Left Party) and the Greens overwhelming voted for the holiday on Monday, which was officially voted on Thursday in Berlin's parliament. SEE ALSO: How you can make the most of Germany's public holidays in 2019 In the past weeks and months, politicians in Berlin have pushed for another public holiday, with various proposals from the parties. The Christian Democrats (CDU) preferred that other, more religiously-themed days would be chosen. The Free Democrats (FDP) were against the move, arguing that the extra day off would cause damage to the economy and tax revenues. Germans, both women and men, hailed the decision on Twitter. Others jokingly asked if men would then be … [Read more...] about What you should know about ‘Frauentag’, Berlin’s newest public holiday
Updated 4:10 am PST, Wednesday, January 23, 2019 More than a dozen lawmakers from the far-right Alternative for Germany walked out of Bavarian state parliament during a tribute to Holocaust victims at the Bavarian Parliament in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP) less More than a dozen lawmakers from the far-right Alternative for Germany walked out of Bavarian state parliament during a tribute to Holocaust victims at the Bavarian Parliament in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, ... more Photo: Peter Kneffel, AP Photo: Peter Kneffel, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 More than a dozen lawmakers from the far-right Alternative for Germany walked out of Bavarian state parliament during a tribute to Holocaust victims at the Bavarian Parliament … [Read more...] about Far-right lawmakers walk out of Holocaust tribute in Bavaria