"I would like to apologize on behalf of the German government," the co-vice-chair of the ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) added. French President Emmanuel Macron has called for an overhaul of the EU in response to Brexit, including taking steps to implement deeper integration in financial and defense matters, and has urged Germany to move the reforms ahead alongside him. … [Read more...] about Tipped Merkel successor criticizes Germany’s EU reforms delay
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The demolition of the devastated ape house will begin with the removal of the damaged roof, the city said in its report, which was presented on 6 February. The job, which requires the use of several cranes, will be "a particular challenge, which will eventually require relocating the grey kangaroos in the neighboring exhibit." … [Read more...] about Krefeld Zoo fire: Animal death toll rises
However – and if the Crossrail experience is anything to go by – properties within a 10- to 15-minute walk away from an HS2 station will see house prices go up by 30% to 60% more than the prices of property “not in an area of immediate impact” as that is described by Brett Alegre-Wood of property investment company Gladfish. So Birmingham residents whose property is handy for the new Curzon Street station or the new interchange station near the city’s airport should see prices go up once HS2 is fully up and running. On the downside, properties very close to the HS2 route could well see the price of their property fall while the line (and stations) are being built. People with properties actually on the HS2 route – or within a certain distance from it – should be able to claim compensation (by going to www.gov.uk/claim-compensation-if-affected-by-hs2). … [Read more...] about Will HS2 affect property prices in the Midlands and north?
To the west of Istanbul, between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, lie diverse landscapes of forest, farms, marshes and ancient settlements. Following a curving line from north to south would connect you through the Terkos Lake, Sazlıdere stream and reservoir and Küçükçekmece lagoon, important water sources for migratory birds – not to mention the city’s residents. … [Read more...] about Erdoğan’s ‘crazy project’: new Istanbul canal to link Black and Marmara Seas
Despite the statistics, there are far worse places to land in. Rothesay is one of the most beautifully situated towns in Britain, a long line of Victorian and Edwardian tenements and marine villas that curves around a sheltered bay and faces towards the Cowal hills. Its glory days as Scotland’s most popular seaside resort have long gone, but there are some lovely residues. The prom has palms, prize-winning flowerbeds and putting greens. A grand Victorian hotel looks down a long flight of steps to the sea. The modernist pavilion, which is to Rothesay what the De La Warr building is to Bexhill, is now being expensively restored as a venue for all kinds of entertainment and art, local and imported. Glasgow is less than two hours away by ferry and train and Greenock even closer: nonetheless, some fine local shops persist. … [Read more...] about Who could blame a Syrian for weeping in the Highland rain?