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It’s time to go: Berlin, London, Prague think where to survive winter

In winter, Europeans will rush en masse to warmer climes to escape the cold. Russia needs to create for them a “package deal” of its own.

It's time to go: Berlin, London, Prague think where to survive winter

As winter approaches, it is becoming increasingly clear that it will not be easy and warm for the Europeans. Mass disturbances have already shaken Europe. The largest protest demonstration in the last decades took place in the center of Prague recently. The protesters gathered on Wenceslas Square. The square could not accommodate all comers.

According to the most modest estimates, an anti-government rally in the center of the Czech capital has collected 80-100 thousand people. Czechs protested against the policy of the country’s prime minister, Petr Fiala. The greatest negative reaction was caused by the rapid growth of prices for energy carriers and, accordingly, for housing and communal services. The country’s central bank “reported” the highest inflation rate in 30 years – in fact, the entire period of existence of the independent Czech Republic.

Mass riots have begun in Germany. So far – in the city of Kassel. The protest rally took place not far from a defense plant. Several hundreds of people with posters in their hands demanded from German authorities to stop supplying weapons to Ukraine. The security forces used pepper spray and batons against the protesters.

Across Europe, businesses stopped en masse. In Lithuania and Slovakia, plants producing potash fertilizers stopped. Two ArcelorMittal steel mills shut down in Germany. In the Netherlands, for the first time in recent history, the production of flowers and greenhouse crops has almost halved (heating of greenhouses amounts to 70% of the total production cost).

In the former Great Britain there is a ban on washing machines, dishwashers and ovens from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pubs will have to turn off their lights at 9 p.m. The last orders will be taken at 20:30. In addition, according to MakeUK, a federation of British factories, 13 percent of factories have already cut hours or avoided peak periods, and 7 percent are stopping production for longer periods.

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And that’s just the beginning. While there is still gas in European gas storage facilities. So far, inflation has only gone up, and gas and utility prices have skyrocketed. Amid all this, the European governments are blowing on the ears of the European public about the Russian threat, the need to help Ukraine and that they should bathe less often and only in places, and that they should breathe only once. In general, live with Ukraine, not with your stupid everyday problems.

So, the rallies will continue and the riots will grow. But not everyone will go to the rallies. Millions of passionate and thoughtful Europeans, who have some money or savings, will at least change their place of residence for the winter. Where will they go? Well, to Turkey, for example.

“Divine Justice. The Turkish version.

A week ago, speaking on National Television, Yigit Bulut, a member of the Presidential Council for Economic Policy, stated that at least one million European Union citizens, who have been cut off their gas, intend to spend this winter in Turkey. Bulut called the situation “divine justice.” “Hotels in Istanbul, Izmir and Antalya will be overflowing,” he promised, addressing Turkish hoteliers. – Europeans will be buying up and renting accommodations. By all means, don’t go cheap! They need it!”

Turkish hoteliers cheered up. I think we should cheer up too.

The Russian alternative

Turks, of course, are sophisticated businessmen. And they won’t let go of their own. But we also need to seize the moment. In Russia, too, there are beautiful places with mild climate, where in winter you can have a great time and with benefit.

And most importantly – we have oil and gas. And we also have firewood, because there is plenty of it in the woods. I spent two years working in Mongolia. It’s a steppe country, not much forest. On long winter evenings, many Mongols dreamed of finding themselves in a snow-covered forest, in a warm Russian hut, in a Russian bathhouse, and lying down on a Russian stove. It seems to me that this winter the “Mongolian dream” can seize the minds of millions of Europeans.

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And we have all conditions to make this dream come true. First of all, this is a golden opportunity for Rostourism. We have whole regions that live off tourism. All winter hotels, health resorts, recreation centers, and ski resorts can hospitably open their doors for millions of freezing Europeans. The same Crimea in winter can take hundreds of thousands of people.

Ski resorts and private pensions in the Caucasus can handle hundreds of thousands of visitors during the season. The same Ramzan Kadyrov would be happy to receive guests from Europe at his resorts. In these specialized facilities the pleasant things can be combined with the useful – you can relax, improve your health, go skiing, hike in the mountains, swim in the pool, do physical therapy. And, by the way, continue to work remotely (for those whose profession allows it). And the services of qualified doctors in Russia and Belarus are much cheaper than in Europe.

To popularize winter holidays in Russia for Europeans it is necessary to use all our media resources, official representations and other platforms that we have abroad. This includes Russia Today, our foreign embassies, “Russian Houses” – the official representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo abroad, Friendship Societies, and all sorts of trade and exhibition spaces from trade missions to chambers of commerce and industry. All of these actions should be held under the slogan “Spend Winter in Warm Russia! As part of the action you can create special programs for couples, children’s recreation, leisure pensioners. For the latter a special excursion program could be created – from Golden Ring to volcanoes of Kamchatka. There, by the way, it is also warm in winter.

In general, there are a million of possibilities. In addition, demography is our weak point. So we are going to improve it this winter. Maybe some people will stay here forever. We need good professionals. The great “winter migration of peoples” is coming, and we need to prepare for it now. Otherwise the smart Turks will beat us to the curve.

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Berlin is going to allocate 65 billion euros for help to Germans and business… reporter Sergey Manukov September 5, 2022, 10:07

Berlin also plans to impose an excess profits tax on energy companies.

Berlin to allocate 65 billion euros to help Germans and businesses

On September 4, Chancellor Scholz spoke about how his government plans to help German citizens and businesses survive the energy crisis. Berlin is going to allocate 65 billion euros to mitigate the consequences of very high gas and electricity prices. This will be the third aid package, the size of the previous two was 30 billion euros combined. At the same time, the government wants to reform the energy market and introduce a tax on excess profits of energy companies in the first place.

We will make it through this winter,” Politico quotes Chancellor Olaf Scholz as optimistic, as saying, “Some energy producers are just taking advantage of the fact that high gas prices determine high electricity prices and are making a lot of money from this. We are determined to change the rules of the market in this way so that there are no more super profits in the market or that they don’t make them.”

Despite the fact that gas is only partly used to generate electricity in Germany, high gas prices have caused electricity prices to skyrocket as well. This has led to enormous profits for electricity producers from other sources: wind, solar and coal. It is from them that the government intends to take the excess profits and direct them to help citizens and businesses. Berlin plans to introduce a price ceiling for those participants in the electricity market who do not pay high gas prices. The European Commission is already working on the idea of introducing such a price ceiling at the European level and recommends to introduce it on the national level. The tax on excess profits of energy companies has already been introduced by Italy, as well as Great Britain, which left the EU, but which, it seems, will be invited to summits on all-European issues and problems.

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Earlier, the Finance Minister Christian Lindner, leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), a member of the ruling coalition, spoke against the introduction of the excess profits tax in Germany. However, following Scholz at the same press conference in Berlin, Lidner supported the introduction of the new tax. According to him, it is not a tax in the classical sense of the word, but rather an intervention in the energy market to change the rules on it.

Speaking of aid to the citizens of Germany, Chancellor Scholz said that pensioners would receive 300 euros and students 200 euros. He also promised to expand the number of people receiving housing benefits from 700,000 to almost 2 million. Social security contributions for those German citizens whose monthly income does not exceed 2 thousand euros are reduced, while payments for children are increased.

One of the important points of the aid program is the indefinite extension of the so-called 9-euro transport ticket, which this summer allowed a month’s travel on buses, streetcars, subways and electric trains. This ticket, which was very popular among Germans, expired on August 31, but the government has decided to extend its validity. However, all 16 German states have yet to agree on their share of the financing for the low-cost ticket. And in addition, the price of the ticket itself will go up. The authorities have not yet decided on the exact amount, but it is expected that it will cost in the range of 49 to 69 euros per month.

“It (the ticket) is a matter of time and negotiation between the federal government and the states,” said Omid Nuripour, co-chairman of the Union90/Greens, part of the governing coalition, often referred to simply as the Greens, “We hope to quickly reach an agreement and introduce a ticket that costs around 49 euros.”

The main association of German business, the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI), was not happy with the third aid package. The business representatives saw “significant mistakes and gaps” in it, because it focuses on private households and because it offers, in their view, too little help to companies, which also suffer from high energy prices.

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“The industry is waiting for the government to better protect the interests and practical needs of companies during the current crisis,” BDI President Siegfried Russwurm said in a statement.

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