The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg has ruled that German law is too restrictive in its rules for allowing citizens and environmental groups to challenge developments that have an impact on people or the environment. German nongovernmental organizations said this was a significant ruling that would have far-reaching implications. "Bund welcomes the ruling as an important step to strengthen the implementation of environmental law, as well as citizens' rights," head of nature conservation policy Magnus Wessel, of Friends of the Earth Germany (Bund), told DW. Individuals and NGOs had only been able to bring complaints against developments such as factories, roads and power plants before the authorities had issued a decision on the project. Raphael Weylands of Nabu said this was often extremely difficult for volunteer-dependent NGOs, which might only have a few weeks to examine thousands of pages of permit applications. DW recommends Court … [Read more...] about Top European court bolsters environmental challenges in Germany
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A member of the American family that owns Manchester United has refused to apologise to fans over the disastrous attempt to form a breakaway European Super League. I caught up with Avram Glazer in Florida and offered him the chance to address supporters' concerns, saying: "This an opportunity for you - an apology perhaps?" I asked him if it was time for his family to sell the club, and if he had anything to say to supporters. But, after buying some groceries, Mr Glazer, in sunglasses, refused to engage and drove off without saying anything. Fans protested outside United's Old Trafford stadium on Sunday , demanding that the Glazers make way for new owners. Advertisement There has been growing anger among already disgruntled supporters since Manchester United joined 11 other clubs in signing up for a European Super League last month. Such was the ferocity of the backlash that it collapsed within 48 hours . More on European Super … [Read more...] about Avram Glazer, Man United owner, refuses to apologise over European Super League plot, as Sky News confronts him in Florida
AFTER the gloriously farcical botched non-launch of the European Super League, I was miserably certain the idea would be back to haunt us sooner rather than later. I’m not so sure now. It’s the Manchester United fans behind Sunday’s rumpus at Old Trafford who have given me pause for thought. Maybe, just maybe, we fans won’t let corporations do as they please with our clubs any more. I’m not condoning the kind of public disorder we saw on Sunday and, in any case, there’s a limit to what sheer naughtiness can achieve. In the end, if the Glazers don’t want to sell, there is nothing anyone — least of all ordinary fans — can do to force them. That’s capitalism. Some will look upon Sunday’s protesters with pity, rather than any kind of admiration. The Glazers, for example, doubtless see the protesters as poor, naive souls who comically think they can change the natural order of things by standing on a football pitch with a can of lager in one hand and a flare in … [Read more...] about Manchester United fans kicking off at Old Trafford could be more than a match for the money men
British holidaymakers will be welcomed to Spain in June, the country’s tourism minister confirmed. Covid passports for summer holidays could be in place by the same month, with UK-EU talks to resume travel set to start in the next few days. But Spain appears to have broken ranks from the EU and made its stance clear. "June will be the start of the recovery of tourism in Spain," tourism minister Fernando Valdes Verelst told a conference in Mexico on Tuesday. "By then we will have a digital vaccination certificate in place and we will be able to reopen our borders.” He added: "We are having close conversations with UK authorities and we are exchanging information on Spain’s digital system and the trial happening at our airports in May." Are you hopeful of having a summer holiday abroad this year? Let us know in the comments A spokesperson for the UK's Department for Transport reiterated to the Mirror it would be announced by early next month whether travel abroad … [Read more...] about Spain tourism chief says sun-seeking Brits will be welcome on holidays from June
BRITS are keen to leave lockdown for Dubai's white, sandy beaches. But will the holiday hotspot be on the green list for foreign holiday destinations? Will Dubai be on the green list for summer holidays? Brits hope that the Caribbean and the UAE may make the cut for green list destinations. But at this stage, it appears unlikely that Dubai will on the green list for summer holidays . Which means it may end up on the amber list, or - even worse - the red list. CNBC reports: "The UAE's potentially indefinite status on the UK’s 'red list' for travel has stoked anger and confusion." Transport Secretary Grant Shapps indicated the Gulf state might stay on the red list as it's an international transit hub - despite its falling Covid cases and a successful vaccination campaign. “We’re not restricting the UAE due to the level of coronavirus in the UAE,” Shapps told an aviation event, adding, "the issue is one of transit". Just a handful of locations … [Read more...] about Will Dubai be on the green list for summer holidays?