The hills are alive with the sound of protest. In France, a land where skiing is a €10 billion business that employs 120,000 professionals, the natives are up in arms over the government’s ban on skiing over the Christmas holiday, with the same story in Italy. Over in Austria, the slopes will reopen on Christmas Eve but hotels and restaurants are closed, effectively dissuading foreigners from travelling over.
Winter sports is testing European unity but it’s not just about social distancing. To avert a repeat of last spring’s face mask nationalism, the EU 27 will roll out mass Covid vaccinations in synch. But guess who beat them to it?
Sometimes, there is no avoiding a sex scandal. One of the architects of Hungary’s constitution and the provision that states marriage is only between a man and a woman has been caught with his pants down. Former MEP Jozsef Szajer was caught escaping through the gutter of a lockdown-breaking gay sex party in Brussels with 30 others, with narcotics in his backpack.
A sign that the planet has grown used to the new normal in Israel is when we invite Irris Makkler on the show and don’t even bother to ask about the prospect this week of a fourth Israeli snap election in two years. Instead, we ask about the government issuing an advisory to citizens against travel to Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, the Kurdish area of Iraq, plus Africa. This comes in the wake of last Friday’s assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Finally, this holiday season, there’s an appeal from parliamentarians around the world to stand up to China’s moves to boycott Australian goods.
Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Léopoldine Iribarren.
Source: France 24