THANKS to Airbnb, cash-strapped tourists can now stay in city centres for a fraction of the cost of a hotel.But not every country works out cheaper when it comes to the holiday lettings site.In fact, where you visit can mean the difference of almost £100 a night.VoucherCloud has studied the cheapest and most expensive places across Europe on Airbnb, with pricey cities in Western Europe and Scandinavia coming out on top.Iceland (£112), Sweden (£82) and Andorra (£79) officially top the list of most expensive Airbnb nations, followed closely by Norway (£77) and the UK (£75).Whereas, Germany and Portugal were among the countries that came in surprisingly under-budget.Eastern Europe provided the best bargains though, with the average price per night of an Airbnb across Macedonia (£26), Albania (£27) and Moldova (£28) representing the cheapest offerings across Europe.On-the-rise areas like Poland (£31) and Croatia (£43) still offer … [Read more...] about The cheapest – and priciest – European city break locations on Airbnb this summer
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SCOTTISH giants Celtic and Rangers are part of a ten-club group holding talks over forming a new North European League amid fears football is about to break up.The Old Firm clubs have joined forces with teams from Holland, Belgium and Scandinavia to discuss setting up their own competition.Celtic and Rangers have been forced into action as Europe's big guns begin to power on with proposals to set up their own European Super League.Major changes to the Champions League come into force in two years which essentially carve up qualification in favour of the four big leagues - England, Spain, Italy and Germany.They will be guaranteed four sides in the group stages of the competition each year, meaning only 16 places up for grabs for the remaining teams across the continent.And a change in the way prize money is distributed could see more cash going to the historical big clubs than those who are only new on the scene.The new format will run until the start of the 2021-22 season, and a … [Read more...] about Celtic and Rangers locked in talks over forming North European League as fears grow over European Super League
In a hard-hitting critique of the 28-member EU and its wealthiest member state, Macedonian President Ivanov told German newspaper "Bild" on Friday that while the Berlin government "had acted with humanity" in accepting so many refugees, it had failed to properly manage the security of the country. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia had offered to exchange of information about Islamist militants plying the main migrant routes through the Balkans, he said in an interview with the mass-market daily, but neither Berlin nor Brussels had responded. "Security issues relating to the refugee crisis have been completely forgotten," Ivanov said. "If I had waited for Brussels and had failed to react [to protect the border], we would have long been flooded with jihadis." In recent months, Macedonia has allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants to transit through the country from Greece northwards to Germany and Scandinavia. But Skopje has now severely restricted access under pressure … [Read more...] about Germany, EU have failed us, Macedonian president says
In 1979, the United Nations codified its support for women's rights with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. In it, signatory countries pledged to "condemn discrimination against women in all its forms [and] agree to pursue by all appropriate means and without delay a policy of eliminating discrimination against women." Thirty years later, however, the reality is sobering, at least when it comes to the position of women in senior management positions in large companies, which are occupied almost exclusively by men. And Germany has a particularly bad record: according to an OECD study, only 4 percent of board members in DAX-listed companies are women. The German parliament voted Thursday (18.04.2013) on an opposition motion to bring in a legal quota, but it did not pass because the government parties voted against it. 'Senseless yet necessary' In Scandinavia, the situation is completely different. There, the proportion of women in … [Read more...] about Germany rejects quotas for women
John McLaughlin was Acting Director of the CIA in 2004 and Deputy Director of the CIA from 2000 to 2004. DW: What would happen if Americans found out that German intelligence services intercepted President Barack Obama's phone calls and collected information on millions of Americans? John McLaughlin: First, let me say that it's important that the United States approaches Germany as a very close partner and that we value and need a close relationship with Germany in all spheres of our foreign affairs, from diplomacy to military to intelligence. In the hypothetical situation you mention, I suspect our shock would be less, our surprise would be less, and I think we would rather calmly address the issue with you if we mentioned it at all. Because we know that many countries seek to gather intelligence on the intentions of our White House. And I think we would be mildly surprised if Germany was among them, but not shocked at all on the assumption that United States policy is very … [Read more...] about ‘Not shocked if Germany spied on us’
Last week, the pooches on "Top Dog" started to show their mettle, but not exactly to the humans' satisfaction. The canine contestants were expected to fetch a toy from a swimming pool and paddle back out with it locked between their jaws. Few of the dogs were up to the task, especially not Jason, a surprisingly obedient beagle who had never learned to fetch, and Kassam, a carefully coiffed poodle whose owner didn't want him to get his hair wet. In the end, only Murphy, a Jack Russell terrier, and Pinsel, a Dalmatian, passed the test, and it looked like the judges were going to disqualify all but the two "good dogs." But the show was set to go on for one more month, and they couldn't just leave all those dog-loving viewers in the lurch. After all, Germans are crazy about their pups. Unlike most Europeans, they take them along when they go out to eat, when they sit in cafes and when they go on vacation. At a Christmas market recently, a couple was seen sharing a bratwurst with a … [Read more...] about Germany, a Nation of Five Million “Top Dogs”
Linear television, it seems, is dying a very slow death. While Americans have long gotten used to watching whatever they want, whenever they want, Germans are slower to change their TV habits. But the streaming market is steadily growing and will have a new player to keep things moving when Netflix launches in Germany - along with France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg - in mid-September. While Netflix, which was founded in 1997 as a DVD-by-mail service, is already the market leader in the US and says it has 50 million subscribers in more than 40 countries, the move to start in continental Europe is not without risks. While Americans already spend more than 9 euros per capita per year on video via Internet, Germans only spend 1.60 euros, according to the International Video Federation. Nevertheless, the market is clearly growing, with transactions via streaming up by 56 percent in 2012 - the most recent statistics available. Pie divided into thin slices While … [Read more...] about Are Germany and Netflix ready for each other?
Following an accident on a power supply line in Switzerland, it was only a matter of seconds before grid failure spread, leaving Italy in darkness on Sunday night. Germany's energy providers reacted quickly, taking measures to prevent the power outage from affecting the German network. According to Johannes Altmeppen, spokesman for the country's third largest energy company, Vattenfall Europe, extra power pumps were immediately activated to use up excess energy, preventing a power surge beyond the normal network frequency of 50 Hertz. Germany better prepared So was Germany just lucky this time? Or is the German network superior to those in North America, London and Scandinavia, all places which, like Italy, have suffered major outages recently? Altmeppen says it is. "Italy didn't exactly come as a surprise," he told DW-WORLD. "Italy doesn't produce enough energy for its needs, so it has to import power, mainly from France and Switzerland, and that's not good. Here in Germany, we … [Read more...] about Blackout — Could it Happen in Germany?
"When I had my tonsils removed in the 1960s, I had a Filipino nurse," remembers Thomas Greiner, president of the Arbeitgeberverbandes Pflege, the Federation of German Employers' Associations for Care Providers, in an interview with DW. "Therefore, this is no great innovation." In order to respond to Germany's nursing shortage, which is expected to reach dramatic proportions if nothing is done, Greiner's association and the Federal Employment Agency want to recruit nurses from China. According to Germany's Federal Statistical Office, there are approximately 2.3 million people in need of care in Germany, 83 percent of them over the age of 65, a third of them 85 or older. Nursing care provided by family members has dropped, and social change, lower birth rates and a higher proportion of elderly in the population has led to the increasing institutionalization of care for the elderly. Today, already 40,000 skilled workers are lacking in the nursing profession, and by 2020 the Federal … [Read more...] about Germany looks to China for nursing support
Electro-shockers are black, about as long as your arm and resemble police batons but are capable of causing much more pain. "The pain is extreme," Nedim Baran told German public broadcaster ARD of when he was tortured with an electro-shocker. "You have the feeling your eyes are popping out of your head. You think your head will explode. You can only think about your death." There are electro-contacts on one end that transfer up to 120,000 volts of electricity into the victim's body -- about 500 times the voltage delivered by a power outlet. "The electrons are applied in different places -- to the ears, the tongue, the temples, the genitals, such as women's nipples, and so on," said Mechthild Weng Anson a Berlin doctor who has treated people tortured with such devices. Only recently did the German customs office confirm that German companies export electro-shockers to countries where they are used for torture: 100 to Iran, 84 to Georgia, 115 to Bangladesh. According to ARD … [Read more...] about Germany Companies Profit From Torture Device Exports