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UK travel fury as Germans flock to Mallorca – ‘we expect an explanation’

While the UK’s current restrictions limit international travel, Germans are flocking to Mallorca. Jet2 CEO said he was “bewildered” over why Britons couldn’t fly to those destinations.

Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy said: “When you take the UK Government’s own criteria for deciding where holidaymakers can travel to, and apply it to the Balearics, we are left bewildered as to why we cannot fly there.”

Mallorca, which has been a favourite destination of British tourists for decades, is currently on the amber list.

Travel there is not advised and a 10 day quarantine is required on return to the UK.

Manchester Airport Group’s CEO, Charlie Cornish, said EU countries were taking a more positive approach to resuming international travel.

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“Hundreds of thousands of people from places like Germany are travelling freely and safely to low-risk holiday destinations,” he said.

But as Covid-19 rates are lower than ever in Mallorca, German tourists have started arriving in large numbers.

Currently, tourists arriving in Mallorca only need to show a negative antigen test or proof of vaccination.

Palma de Mallorca Airport reported that last month 397,931 tourists arrived from Germany on 3,363 flights, while only 5,813 UK tourists arrived on 333 flights.

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A British expat and bar-owner in Ca’n Picafort, Mallorca, said that with Britons still advised not to travel there, his business is struggling.

“If it weren’t for the Germans, we’d be broke. Ca’n Picafort is rammed with Germans,” he said.

Earlier this week, easyJet announced it was increasing capacity from Germany to Mallorca, to cope with the holiday demand.

“We’ve just recently added 150,000 seats from Berlin into Palma to try meet the huge pent-up demand that has been released from those restrictions lifting,” said easyJet Holidays’ CEO Garry Wilson.

“It is a shame we can’t do the same for UK customers, because we know demand is there,” he said.

The absence of British tourism has angered MAG boss, Charlie Cornish, who said that the UK does not take into account the low virus rates in other countries.

“The Government’s lack of transparency is unacceptable and makes operating a business in the travel sector almost impossible after what has already been the most challenging year in our history,” he said.

Jet2 CEO said he hopes the Government reviews its decision after June 24, when the travel list review is due to take place.

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“If Malta, Balearic and Canary Islands continue to have low infection rates, I expect them to be on the list. If they are not – we expect an explanation.”

MAG together with Ryanair has taken legal action against the Government over the traffic light system. They are suing the Government for the lack of transparency when it comes to deciding which countries qualify for the green list.

The Government has said to be considering the idea of allowing fully vaccinated Britons to travel without having to quarantine when they return from amber list destinations.

Jesse Norman, financial secretary to the Treasury, said: “We don’t want to get left behind by countries who are adopting a two-jabs approach if it can be done safely.”

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Angela Merkel nightmare as majority of Germans want to oust CDU at next election– new poll

German Chancellor Ms Merkel has previously said she will step down from her leadership role after nearly 16 years. But just four months ahead of the crucial election, her Government have suffered a new blow. A poll from the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy of 1,028 people between April 23 and May 6 revealed two-thirds are calling for a new Government, while more than 67 percent want “different policies in many areas”.
The poll also revealed around half of those surveyed would like a clear coalition statement from the parties, while the remaining half does not consider this to be a priority.

Only a fifth (20 percent) are in favour of Germany possibly having a minority Government, while 57 percent want new elections if the winning result is not enough for a stable majority.

Environmental and climate protection are cited as the most important issues when it comes to the need for a different policy, with more than 55 percent believing there should be a change in direction on this topic.

Just over half would like a different refugee and integration policy, while this is followed by pensions, education, fighting the coronavirus pandemic and the housing market.

Allensbach differentiated according to party affiliation on the refugee policy, and the poll showed supporters of the CDU, AfD and FDP consider this to be the most important of all.

The refugee policy from Ms Merkel came in for heavy criticism from rival political parties, so there is little to suggest those surveyed in this poll have changed their minds.

For the majority of men, the issue of refugees is considered most important, while for women it is climate protection.

When compared regionally, in eastern German states the demand for a new refugee and integration policy is considered a priority, and in the western states it is climate policy.

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During their election campaigns, no political party has talked in depth about pensions, but the issue ranks second among supporters of five of the six parties, and is only different among supporters of the Green.

In another blow to Ms Merkel last week, Germany was warned in inflation could jump to above three percent as the German Chancellor’s time at the top ends in chaos.

But Isabel Schnabel, a German economist who is also currently serving as an executive board member of the European Central Bank (ECB), said this increase would be comparable to the bank’s strategy and would not require any change in the currently extremely loose monetary policy.

The financial expert told NTV in Germany: “What we are seeing is that the pandemic has caused very pronounced fluctuations in inflation.

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“You could see that inflation plummeted massively into negative territory last year, and this year we saw that there was a sharp rise in inflation.

“That will go even further. In Germany, we anticipate that inflation may well exceed three percent.”

Ms Schnabel was also asked if there is any route out of the expansionary monetary policy.

She replied: “If we actually see that suddenly there was a very rapid inflation development, which is really not apparent at the moment, then of course we would have to take our measures and of course we would have to do it gradually.

“You have to prepare for it, especially through communication, so that everyone has the opportunity to gradually adapt to it.”

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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WW1 brigadier single-handedly held up Germans for 2 hours so troops could withdraw

Brigadier General Gerald Hunt single-handedly held up the Germans for two hours so his troops could withdraw. He ignored repeated calls from his men and Battalion HQ to fall back – and kept the enemy at bay until he was shot in the head by a sniper.
Bgd Hunt’s soldiers demanded he receive the Victoria Cross – the highest award for bravery – as they “knew of no greater acts of heroism” than his.

Instead, the 40-year-old’s death near Manancourt, France, on March 23, 1918 earned him a Distinguished Service Order for “devotion to duty”.

The citation reveals Bgd Hunt’s remarkable gallantry took place during the opening skirmishes of the German Spring Offensive. Under rifle and machine gun fire, he held the line while directing his men and other units to buy them time.

It adds: “He showed an utter disregard for his own personal safety…he held up the enemy for two hours when his flanks were exposed, and then succeeded in withdrawing his men.”

The Old Harrovian’s troops from the 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment begged him to retreat but he refused.

The Lieutenant Colonel who assumed command afterwards said: “He died a most magnificent death. I sincerely hope they will give him his Victoria Cross.

“I feel certain that no greater acts of heroism were ever performed.”

Boer War veteran Bgd Hunt already had a chest full of medals and they are expected to fetch upwards of £8,000 on Wednesday through Spink & Son in London.

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