“The issues that we are talking about aren’t exactly seen as ‘hot shit’ by the German public.” Those were the blunt words of Green party leader Katrin Göring-Eckard in the spring of 2017 after they failed to win the 5 percent of votes necessary to stay in the state parliament in Saarland. That humiliation was followed by months of polls which suggested the German public were contemplating throwing the environmentalists out of the Bundestag too. Given the circumstances, a result of 8.9 percent in the national election almost seemed like a success. A year later and the Green party’s ambitions have radically changed. In the state election in Bavaria earlier this month the Greens became the second biggest party, more than doubling their vote share to 17.5 percent. On Sunday they are projected to win around 20 percent of the vote in Hesse, potentially giving them the power to form a government in the wealthy central state. Meanwhile if a national … [Read more...] about Why is the Green party suddenly flying high in Germany?
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This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. Sweden imports around 1.3 million tonnes of rubbish each year, most of it from Norway and the UK, and has long been hailed for its efficiency in handling waste. Waste to heat Only one percent of waste produced in Sweden ever reaches landfill, with the remaining 99 percent recycled, reused, or converted into energy. It's that last option which is most controversial: a large amount of rubbish, including a lot of the imported waste, is converted to heat and electricity at so-called 'waste-to-energy' centres. This is done through incineration. Waste is burned at the more than 30 plants across the country, and then used to make heat and electricity. In 2016, that included 1.3 million tonnes of waste from other EU countries, which accounted for between 20 and 25 percent of all the rubbish which was burned in the plants that year. Because Sweden's plants can charge other countries for the … [Read more...] about Why Sweden’s waste imports may not be as eco-friendly as you think
By Sopheng Cheang Published 1:30 pm PDT, Saturday, July 7, 2018 Photo: Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP / Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Supporters of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party parade in an open truck in Phnom Penh during the first day of campaigning for the July 29 general election. Supporters of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party parade in an open truck in Phnom Penh during the first day of campaigning for the July 29 general election. Photo: Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP / Getty Images Campaign begins in Cambodia vote where result is ordained 1 / 1 Back to Gallery PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Campaigning officially began Saturday for Cambodia’s July 29 general election, with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party … [Read more...] about Campaign begins in Cambodia vote where result is ordained
Earlier in the year, Postnord introduced a controversial administration fee to close a VAT loophole, which made it more expensive to buy goods from non-EU countries. A new agreement with one of the largest e-commerce sites, Wish, means shoppers will now be charged VAT at the point of purchase, rather than paying an extra fee when they collect their goods in Sweden. The deal, which came into effect on Thursday evening, also means that customers will receive their shopping more quickly. Shoppers will be charged VAT when they buy from the site, with the exact amount varying depending on the volume and value of goods. Now Postnord is in discussions with other popular e-commerce sites, though so far Wish is the only one to have agreed to the deal. Postnord first introduced a flat 75 kronor administration fee for letters and parcels from non-EU countries in March this year as a way to ensure the state didn't lose out on VAT. Until then, a loophole meant it was possible to receive goods … [Read more...] about Why your international imports could be about to get cheaper
Video PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 April 2018 Sophie Wyllie Happisburgh Lighthouse. Picture: Ian Burt Today marks the 100-day countdown to the first ever Norfolk Day on July 27. To celebrate people have said on social media why they think Norfolk is special. Cyclists enjoying riding around the Holkham Estate for the Pedal Norfolk Cycling Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Below is a list of 100 reasons why people think the county is great: Shopping in Royal Arcade and Back of the Inns, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY “Beautiful beaches, lovely towns.” Norwich Cathedral at night. Picture: Nick Butcher “Norfolk has something for everyone.” “The Happisburgh Lighthouse.” Part of the action at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Picture: Courtesy the Thursford Christmas Spectacular “Norfolk has given me terrific opportunities.” Competitors in Run Norwich 2017 in the city centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY “Great golf courses, such … [Read more...] about Why is Norfolk so special? Readers have their say on 100-day countdown to Norfolk Day