aDriving a car only for the wealthy? Dodge conservatives with these slogans Swiss People’s Party (SVP) against the new climate protection law the Swiss will vote on Sunday. In its battle against the “Left Carbon Dioxide Act,” which was approved by a large majority in Parliament, the party with the largest number of voters is stoking fear of rising costs to citizens. This appears to be becoming increasingly intertwined: While at first it seemed like a clear yes to the law, recent polls point to a close decision.
With the revision of the current CO2 law, Switzerland just wants to try to achieve the goal it has set for itself: cut greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030, compared to the level of 1990. To that end, the government has decided to stick to the Paris climate agreement. The law provides financial incentives for climate-friendly behavior as well as stricter regulations for vehicles and buildings.
The incentive tax on fossil fuels such as heating oil, natural gas and coal, which was introduced in 2008 and is currently limited to 120 francs (€92) per tonne of carbon dioxide, should gradually increase to a maximum of 210 francs, or 50 cents per liter of carbon dioxide. Heating oil as a result of law revision. As before, two-thirds of the revenue from the tax will be redistributed to residents and businesses at a flat rate. All residents, from children to retirees, get the same amount refunded through health insurance, no matter how high their fossil fuel consumption is.
Last year that was 87 francs per person. A family of four received 348 francs. It pays off for using less heating oil, heating with a heat pump, using wood or solar energy, announces the Federal Office for the Environment and assures that the federal government and the cantons will financially support the corresponding retrofit. A third of the income from the carbon dioxide tax – a maximum of 450 million Swiss francs a year – goes to a fund that finances climate-friendly investments in buildings and technology. The construction of charging stations for electric cars and district heating networks will also be financed from this amount.
The new law also provides for changes for Swiss companies. So far, only companies from individual sectors and companies with particularly high CO2 emissions can be exempted from the tax. From now on, this is open to all businesses, provided they pledge to reduce energy consumption and emissions.
For the first time, Switzerland also wants to burden air traffic with additional fees to protect the climate. A fee is planned from 30 to 120 francs per passenger, depending on the length of the route. Given the fierce price competition in the market, it is doubtful whether this will have the intended effect on customers: it is possible that the airline in question, Swiss, cannot afford to pay the tax to customers in full. Switzerland also wants to return half of the revenue from airfares to residents. If you don’t travel within Europe more than once a year, you’ll get your money back, according to the Environment Agency.
In order to work to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in car traffic, car importers will have to put low-emission vehicles on the market in the future. If merchants fail to meet the new target values, they face fines. According to the bill, fuel importers will now have to offset a higher proportion of carbon dioxide emissions. They are allowed to pass the extra effort on to drivers, although the surcharge is capped at 12 cents a liter. It remains to be seen whether they will take full advantage of this space in light of competition between gas stations outside Swiss borders. If the law is passed, newly built homes will not be allowed to emit carbon dioxide from fossil fuels from 2023 onwards. Oil and gas heating will continue to be allowed in existing buildings. However, if they are replaced, it is necessary to adhere to certain higher emission limits, which gradually decrease over the years.
The Swiss Homeowners Association considers the regulations exaggerated and warns that renovation costs are rising sharply for landlords, driving up rents. The Law Enforcement Battalion, to which the car and fuel industry lobby organizations also belong, calculates that the package of measures will increase the cost of living for an average family of four by as much as 1,000 Swiss francs a year. Environment Minister Simonita Sommaruga thinks this account is nonsense. A family with average living conditions who goes on vacation once a year in Europe and has only one car will now pay an additional CHF100. The minister promised that anyone who heats up with wood or a heat pump or works without flying will end up with more money in their wallet thanks to the redistribution.
With the increase in vaccinations, the cost of rapid tests for corona can soon be affordable. Now the Ministry of Health has proposed a date. But there must be exceptions.
The Federal Ministry of Health proposes to end free rapid coronavirus checks for all citizens by mid-October. Since the direct vaccination offer can now be made to all citizens, the permanent cost to the taxpayer has not been determined, according to the ministry’s report on the additional measure in the fall and winter, which was sent to the states and the Bundestag. It is available to dpa.
So it is proposed that the federal government end offering free citizen testing to everyone in mid-October, around October 11 or 18. Only for people who cannot be vaccinated or for whom there are no general vaccination recommendations, such as women who are pregnant or under 18, should the free rapid tests continue.
“Fees don’t get charged all of a sudden overnight”
“Free citizen testing has made an important contribution to breaking the third wave and giving citizens more safety in their daily lives,” the report says. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister as announced by the Federal Government.
Deputy spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said rapid tests “suddenly should not become subject to fees overnight.” Since March, the federal government has been paying for at least one rapid test per week.
He uses people as weapons for his power politics. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko (66) flees the masses to Europe to take revenge on the European Union.
Since June this year, thousands of refugees have been illegally brought into the European Union across the Lithuanian border. Perhaps the reason is the EU sanctions after the Belarusian authorities hijacked a Ryanair plane at the end of May.
As of August 2, there were 3,832 migrants picked up by Lithuanian border guards in the middle of the jungle and housed in hastily set up refugee camps along the border with Belarus. 2,555 of them are Iraqis, indicating the astonishing technique used by the torture dictator.
Because of all places, there have been flights to Belarus since May 2021, which were previously suspended due to the Corona crisis and lack of demand. The BILD chronology shows how regular scheduled flights became smugglers’ flights.
► in April “Iraqi Airways” announced, as before the crisis, to connect the two capitals of the two countries with a weekly flight and a medium-sized Boeing 737 aircraft.
► Anfang Mai It was then said that they wanted to fly twice a week – with each Boeing 737-800 and thus about 180 seats per flight.
► In June, Iraqis increased the number of flights to four flights per week due to high demand. Iraqi Airways is no longer using Boeing 737s, as originally planned, but rather large-capacity Boeing 777 (“Triple Seven”) and 747s (“Jumbojet”), with a capacity of approximately 400 passengers per flight.
► AM 1. August Then the announcement that from now on there will be weekly flights from Sulaymaniyah and Erbil in the north of the country and Basra in the south, in addition to four weekly flights to Baghdad. This means that the airline will offer nearly 2,000 seats per week from Iraq to Belarus as of August!
What the airline did not reveal – return flights from Eastern Europe to Iraq are as good as empty.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania asks for Germany’s help!
This was confirmed by Linas Linkevicius (60), Lithuania’s foreign minister until last year, to BILD.
He says: “This ‘refugee influx’ is not a natural process, but an act of hybrid aggression by Belarus. It is the regime’s reaction to EU sanctions and pressure. Lukashenko threatened to flood Europe with drugs and migrants. Most of the illegal immigrants currently come from Iraq.”
According to Linkevicius, the dictator in the neighboring country “ordered his border guards not to stop migrants, but rather to help organized groups to reach the borders.” According to the former Lithuanian foreign minister, the regime of dictator Lukashenko was already promoting an “easy” route to Europe in Iraq, where even flights would be organized.
And indeed: the connection between Erbil and Minsk established on August 1 is fully booked from August 2 to October 30 – this is all 2,300 seats available for this period! It is clear that someone is buying whole sets of road tickets … with dire consequences for the EU country Lithuania.
According to Linkevicius, the situation for small Lithuania is “both logistically and materially intolerable.” No one (!) who has arrived so far has received a positive asylum decision.
Instead, Lithuania is counting on the rapid repatriation of illegal immigrants and “steps are being taken to significantly enhance border protection with Belarus. However, traffic is increasing and capacity is decreasing.” This is why the small country is reaching its limits.
The former top Lithuanian diplomat (from 2012 to 2020) is demanding “logistical and diplomatic assistance” from Germany and the European Union. The 60-year-old said clearly: “We need technical measures for border control and we need additional temporary accommodation. Tents, beds, power generators, etc.”
But not only that: Linas Linkevicius calls for a difficult path against the dictator Alexander Lukashenko and “Iraqi Airways”, who play the game of Belarusian dictatorship with refugees with full eyesight. We need more pressure and additional sanctions against Belarus, sanctions against the organizers of all stages of smuggling, and we need to pressure airlines to stop their flights. You have to admit that a large portion of the departing “tourists” do not return.
A man (48) raped and strangled journalism student Azra Gulindam Haitoglu (21 years old) in Antalya Province and buried her dismembered body in a forest.
Particularly cruel: According to identical media reports, the killer is said to have carved his name on the dead woman’s body with a razor blade.
Therefore, he is the civil engineer and real estate agent, Mustafa Murad Ayhan. He is said to have confessed to committing this atrocity. He and Haytoglu allegedly drank alcohol together, and then a “dispute” occurred, he told investigators.
A surveillance camera filmed him leaving his house with a suitcase several times on the evening of the murder. Inside: body parts. After his confession, he led the police into the woods where he buried them.
The student has been missing since last Wednesday. Around midnight, her sister called her – after which she could no longer be reached. Her body parts were not found until Monday.
After it became known, women’s rights groups called for a demonstration and criticized: “It is the patriarchal state and its anti-women policies and the judiciary that protects the perpetrators and does not conduct effective investigations.”
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Background: Turkey withdrew from the so-called Istanbul Agreement in March. The agreement commits states to prohibit physical and psychological violence against women and also to take action against female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and forced sterilization.
In the specific case, women’s rights activists accuse investigators of locating the student’s cell phone too late.
According to the organization We Will Stop Femicide, 300 women were murdered by close men in Turkey last year alone, and the group has counted more than 140 acts since the beginning of the year.