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Scholz refuses Russian oil soon

Brussels 02.05.2022 The European Union will stop importing Russian coal in summer and will refuse Russian oil by the end of 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (pictured) said in an interview with The Indian Express newspaper published on Monday, May 5.(Image above: illustration).

The European Union has adopted, along with its transatlantic partners, “unprecedented sanctions against the Russian Federation,” the Chancellor ensured. “Many countries have joined these sanctions, even if this necessarily implies economic costs for ourselves,” he noted.

“We are furthermore now implementing a very ambitious policy to reduce our dependency on the import of fossil fuels from Russia. We will stop the import of Russian coal this summer, we will phase out Russian oil until the end of the year and will reduce gas imports from Russia severely,” Scholz said.

Spanish Steps sitting ban

Sitting on Rome‘s Spanish Steps ( Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) is no longer allowed as the local police is imperative to apply the rules in a more stringent way, sources said to ANSA news agency. The famous steps are also considered to be a monument, meaning sitting or lying on them is banned.

The film Roman Holiday(1953), starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck  made the Spanish Steps famous to world audience.

Those who breach the ban risk a fine of 250 , which can go up to €400 if the steps are dirtied or damaged.

The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi, commissioned by French diplomat Étienne Gueffier (1723–1725).

Barcelona bans horse carriages

Barcelona has banned horse carriages from June 2018, with the only exception for days of traditional celebration like Los Tres Toms and the Feast of Sant Medir. The ban has been celebrated by animal protection groups, and all those who felt compassionate to horses, suffering from cruelty. Catalonia demonstrates firm determination to imply at most progressive legislation of animal welfare.

After the announcement was made, Deputy Mayor Janet Sanz for ecology tweeted, “Barcelona is a friend to animals.” Given the number of incidents with horse-drawn carriages in the US alone, Barcelona is certainly showing its compassion for animals.

The decision was taken in December 2017, but the owners of horses were given a period of time to adjust to a new situation, and the legislation came into force these days.

Barcelona has been in the forefront of animal welfare, creating a harmonious environment without cruelty and animal abuse. One can hope the other European cities will follow the example of banning this dangerous and outdated practise.

Austria to ban full-face veil

Anne, an assumed name, a 31-year old French woman who has been fined for wearing a niqab while driving, leaves after a news conference in Nantes

Austria’s ruling coalition has banned Muslim full-face veils in public places. The measure is part of a larger deal struck by the center-left Democratic party (SPÖ) and the center-right Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) to avert the disintegration of the ruling coalition, according to Austrian press.

Similar bans to the one proposed in Austria have been already endorsed in countries across Europe after a series of terroristic acts committed by the preachers of radical Islam. The ban will apply to education establishments, offices, and other public places.

As an explanation for the ban, the 35-page agreement written by the coalition explained that Austria should be an “open society that requires open communication.”

“The full-face veil will be banned in public spaces,” Christian Kern – the incumbent Chancellor of Austria said after the week-long negotiations concluded, adding that the ban will be implemented over the next 18 months.



USA travel ban takes effects


Green card and visa holders were reported to be blocked from boarding US-bound flights within hours of Donald Trump issuing an executive order limiting immigration from several Muslim countries, according to different sources.

US airports were also said to have ordered some passengers who had managed to board flights to return to their point of origin, according to the Arab-American anti-discrimination committee (ADC).

There have been already reactions from Iran. However the ban on US tourists will be more a measure against Iran’s own economy, than against the  American travellers who were not so keen on Iran as a leisure destination.