Graz Travel Guide

Graz Travel Guide

Europe
Graz is a historic city in Austria, surrounded by idyllic nature. Graz is the second largest city in Austria with about 250,000 inhabitants. Graz is especially known for its well-preserved historic center and Castle Mountain, where only the ruins and the bell tower of the ancient fortress remain. GRAZ AS A TRAVEL DESTINATION Graz's beautiful historic architecture The well-preserved historic center of Graz is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as are the centers of Vienna and Salzburg. The medieval old town with its Renaissance and Baroque palaces and colorful houses attracts tourists to wander and enjoy themselves in a precious setting. The narrow alleys of the old town are full of restaurants and cafés. In addition to its historical attractions, Graz is a vibrant city of culture, home to many students…
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SIGHTS OF TURKU

SIGHTS OF TURKU

Europe
Turku Cathedral is one of the city's most important attractions. Turku symbols - church and castle Turku Castle is one of the symbols of the city. The foundations of the castle were built in 1284, and it has served as a medieval defensive castle, an administrative building during the time of Duke John, the court of Count Peter Brahe, as well as a prison. The castle was destroyed by bombing in 1941, and post-war restoration work was completed in the 1960s. The Turku City History Museum has operated in the castle premises since the 1880s. Many of the castle’s rooms have been restored to their original appearance and can be explored for several hours. To the east of the cathedral bridge, tourists are greeted by the cathedral and the Old…
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Vatican City 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Vatican City. According to CountryAAH, Vatican City is the capital city of Holy See. Pope Benedict XVI has worked since his accession in 2005 to improve relations with China. The Vatican's diplomatic relations with Beijing were broken in 1951 when Communist China expelled all priests and allowed the state to take control of the Catholic Church in the country. In addition, the Vatican City has criticized China for violating human rights. China, in turn, is deeply dissatisfied that the Vatican maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, for the first time in half a century, the Vatican City recognized two bishopric appointments in China during the year, with between 10 and 12 million Catholics. Another important breakthrough in relations with the outside world came in November, when the Pope…
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United Kingdom 2007

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Yearbook 2007 UK. According to CountryAAH, London is the capital city of United Kingdom. The House of Commons voted in March to renew the submarine-based nuclear weapons system Trident. New submarines would be developed and built by 2024 at a cost of 15 to 20 billion pounds. However, the number of nuclear warheads would be reduced by one fifth. The government needed support from the Conservatives to get its proposal approved as 88 Labor MPs, the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) and Plaid Cymru voted no. On March 23, 15 British sailors and navy soldiers were arrested off Iran's coast by Iranian forces. Iran claimed that the British had been on the territorial waters of the country, a claim Britain denied. However, the 15 were released in early…
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Ukraine 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Ukraine. The year turned politically very turbulent and the old contradictions of the Orange Revolution brought Ukraine to the brink of armed conflict. In January, the majority in Parliament voted to cut President Viktor Yushchenko's power. According to CountryAAH, Kiev is the capital city of Ukraine. It was the President's rival Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and the President's former ally, Julia Tymoshenko, who joined forces against Yushchenko. According to Prime Minister Yanukovych, the change meant that the government's work was streamlined, while Yanukovych was accused of taking "monopoly" in power. The president threatened to dissolve parliament and trigger new elections. The conflict developed into a political position war, and at the end of March the supporters of both sides gathered for huge demonstrations in the capital Kiev with…
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Turkey 2007

Asia, Europe
Yearbook 2007 Turkey. The year was marked by elections, constitutional crisis and arms rattle. A crucial battle was around the presidential post. The president is elected by Parliament and has been the strongest guarantor of the secular state since Turkey was founded. The ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party AKP's candidate, Foreign Minister Abdullah G邦l, failed in the first round of voting on April 27 to get the two-thirds majority required. According to CountryAAH, Ankara is the capital city of Turkey. The vote was also annulled because not enough members had been present when the secular Republican People's Party (CHP) had boycotted the session. On May 6, a new vote was held, which the CHP also boycotted, whereupon Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to secure a more stable majority, announced…
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Switzerland 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Switzerland. According to CountryAAH, Bern is the capital city of Switzerland. Immigrant issues were again at the top of the agenda during this year's election campaign, which became unusually fierce and loud. The xenophobic Swiss People's Party (SVP) ran an election campaign that a UN reporter described as "racist". One of several controversial election posters showed three white sheep on a Swiss flag; one of them kicks out a fourth black sheep. The picture symbolized SVP's demand that foreigners who commit crimes should be expelled along with their families. Opponents feared that the anti-immigrant sentiment would create fragmentation in the country, where one fifth of the residents lacked citizenship. They warned that Switzerland's reputation for tolerance and consensus could be damaged. Interior Minister Pascal Couchepin attracted attention when…
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Sweden Energy

Europe
Energy The size of energy use in Sweden has changed slightly between 1970 and 2017. As the population increased during the same period, this means that per capita energy consumption has decreased. This is due to more efficient use and that the composition of the business community has changed. The use has to some extent shifted from industry and housing to transport. The share of the major energy raw materials in the total energy supply has changed during the same period; the supply of oil and oil products has been halved since 1970, while natural gas and, above all, nuclear energy have been added. Biofuels have gradually been given a more important role. Fossil fuels account for a significantly smaller share of Sweden's energy use than is the case throughout…
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Spain 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Spain. A trial was initiated in February against 28 people charged with involvement in the explosion against the commuter trains in Madrid in March 2004. Most of the defendants were of Moroccan origin and the rest were Spaniards; one was a woman and the rest were men. According to CountryAAH, Madrid is the capital city of Spain. The judgments were announced last October and meant that 21 prosecutors were convicted while seven were released. Three main suspects were sentenced to thousands of years in prison for, among other things. murder but can by law not sit for more than 40 years. In other cases, the other convicted persons received lower sentences than the prosecutor demanded, which raised some protests. Many also felt that it was still unclear who…
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Serbia 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Serbia. In January, a new parliamentary election was announced in the autumn, after a party withdrew from the government coalition. Most votes were given to the Serbian Radical Party (SRS), but more moderate parties did not want to co-operate with the ultranationalist party. After lengthy negotiations, three parties formed government in May. The coalition included President Boris Tadić's West-friendly Democratic Party (DS), the moderate Nationalist Serbia Democratic Party (DSS), and the reform-minded liberal G17 Plus. DSS leader Vojislav Koštunica retained the post of prime minister. According to CountryAAH, Belgrade is the capital city of Serbia. The new government was considered Europe-oriented and in June the EU resumed negotiations on a cooperation agreement. The talks had been put on ice a year earlier because Serbia had not been considered…
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San Marino 2007

Europe
Yearbook 2007 San Marino. For six months until May, San Marino held the presidency of the Council of Europe's Ministerial Committee. According to CountryAAH, San Marino is the capital city of San Marino. The country first got a US ambassador when Paolo Rondelli was named to the post in July. The year before, the US ambassador to Rome had for the first time been sidelined to San Marino.
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Russia 2007

Asia, Europe
Yearbook 2007 Russian Federation. The year was characterized by growing economy, more concentration of power in the Kremlin and hardening foreign policy rhetoric. At the same time, the nomination of Dmitry Medvedev as presidential candidate was seen as a sign of possible liberalization. The energy conflict with the neighboring countries continued. At the turn of the year, the Russian Federation imposed export tax on the oil to Belarus, which responded by taxing Russian crude oil exported to Western Europe through Belarus. Then the Russian Federation temporarily closed one of the world's largest crude oil pipelines to, among other things, Poland and Germany. The EU reacted strongly, explaining that the Russian Federation risked its reputation as an oil and gas supplier. According to CountryAAH, Moscow is the capital city of Russia.…
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Romania 2007

Europe
Yearbook 2007 Romania. "Welcome to Europe!" Romanian President Traian Băsescu greeted thousands of cheering Bucharest residents as the country entered the EU at the New Year seventeen years after the fall of the Communist dictatorship. But the cheer soon fell silent when the President accused Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu of trying to hide economic crime. According to CountryAAH, Bucharest is the capital city of Romania. The prime minister denied and backed off by accusing the president of undermining the government and himself being the center of shady business. The Prosecutor General was linked and the coalition government was shaken by the conflict between the Democratic Party which supported the President and the National Liberal Party which supported the Prime Minister. The Social Democrats in opposition, who were the country's…
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Portugal 2007

Europe
Yearbook 2007 Portugal. For the second time in history, Portugal went to the referendum in February on the very sensitive issue of the country's strict abortion law. This time, 59 percent of Portuguese voted to allow abortion through the tenth week of pregnancy. In the first referendum in 1998, the No side won by 51 percent. In both cases, however, turnout was too low (below 50 percent) for the result to be binding. Despite this, the government promised that the law change would be implemented, which happened in July after it was adopted by Parliament in March. In Catholic Portugal, abortion was previously allowed only if the mother's life was at stake, if she became pregnant through rape or if the fetus was severely damaged or malformed. Despite the restrictions,…
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Poland 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Poland. The year began dramatically for Poland's powerful Catholic Church. When Warsaw Archbishop Stanisław Wielgus was formally installed in his office in early January, he resigned instead. The reason was revelations in the press that he was cooperating with the former Communist regime's security service. According to CountryAAH, Warsaw is the capital city of Poland. The Archbishop's prayer followed the Conservative government's determination to settle with Poland's communist past. According to a new law from the turn of the year, hundreds of thousands of people in different professional groups must report whether they have cooperated with the security service. Anyone who refused or gave false information risked losing their employment. The law was met by harsh criticism. The twin brothers Kaczyński, President Lech and Prime Minister Jarosław, were…
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Norway 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Norway. In his New Year's speech, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg explained that his government intends to be the first in the world to buy emission allowances for all government employees' flights abroad, i.e. over 20,000 trips annually. At this spring's Labor Party Congress, the Prime Minister followed up with his party planning to have reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 10 percent by 2012 compared to 1990, far more than the Kyoto Protocol requires. By 2020, emissions should have decreased by 30 percent and by 2050 Norway will have no greenhouse gas emissions at all, according to Stoltenberg. Former UN chief Kofi Annan, who was visiting the Congress, described Stoltenberg's plan as "number one in the world" and urged all countries to follow suit. According to CountryAAH, Oslo…
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Northern Macedonia 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Northern Macedonia (until 2019 Macedonia). In February, the EU issued an unusually sharply worded warning to Macedonia, which was then a candidate country for just over a year. Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn called the development in the country "alarming" and aimed, among other things, on the tensions between the dominant Conservative government party VMRO-DPMNE and the largest ethnic Albanian party BDI/DUI. Demands were set for continued democratization, anti-corruption and reform of the judiciary. According to CountryAAH, Skopje is the capital city of North Macedonia. Some Albanian members, mainly from BDI/DUI, boycotted Parliament during part of the year. Another Albanian party, PDP, first took part in the boycott but joined in May instead of the government coalition. In connection with a debate on changes to the electoral law in…
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Netherlands 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Netherlands. According to CountryAAH, Amsterdam is the capital city of Netherlands. The Netherlands was given a new coalition government in February following the parliamentary elections held in November 2006. This time, the Christian Democratic CDA, which was still the largest party, formed the government of the second, the Social Democratic Labor Party. The coalition also included the small Christian Union (CU). Christian Democrats leader Jan Peter Balkenende remained as prime minister. One requirement for collaboration that the PvdA made was that around 30,000 asylum seekers would be granted residence permits. These were people who have been in the country since before 2001, when the immigration law was tightened. The amnesty, which was approved by Parliament in June, marked a marked change in price compared to the previous government,…
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Montenegro 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Montenegro. According to CountryAAH, Podgorica is the capital city of Montenegro. Montenegro continued to establish itself as an independent nation the year after the divorce from Serbia. The country became a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and of the Council of Europe. A defense pact was signed with the US and in October a so-called Stabilization and Association Agreement was signed with the EU. Thus, the first formal step on the road to being accepted as a candidate country was taken, even though much work remained, among other things. to overcome the widespread corruption. Shortly thereafter, a new constitution, which was drawn up in consultation with the EU, was also adopted. The economy appeared strong and there were warnings about overheating. Direct foreign investment increased by…
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Monaco 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Monaco. In March, municipal elections were held in Monaco According to CountryAAH, Monaco is the capital city of Monaco. The incumbent mayor George Marsan and his List of Municipal Development won convincingly with an average of 2,600 votes per candidate. Only native monegasks have the right to vote, and just under 54 percent participated. Marsan's counterpart, the independent Bernard Carpinelli, received 367 votes. Monaco weather in March, April and May According to Bridgat.com, average daily temperatures between 14 ° C and 19 ° C can be expected over the next three months. In Monaco, it gets warmest in May, while March is a little cooler. Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 13-18 ° C. In March,…
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Moldova 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Moldova. According to CountryAAH, Chisinau is the capital city of Moldova. Russia's trade boycott of Moldova in 2006 put the country in a difficult economic position. Moscow threatened with continued wine embargo and raised energy prices unless Moldova acknowledged the Russian-speaking breakaway Republic of Transnistria as an equal part of a federation, where Russian troops would stay for good. But just before New Year, the EU and other donors decided to offer Moldova equivalent to SEK 9 billion over three years to develop education, legal systems, health care, agriculture, infrastructure, etc. It was twice as much money as the Moldovan state budget. Half will be given as loans and half as grants, and the money will be paid out as reforms are implemented. In the New Year, neighboring…
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Manchester Attractions and Tourist

Manchester Attractions and Tourist

Europe
Attractions in Manchester All high-cultural excuses have excused us, because in Manchester football is the biggest attraction. At the center, though not geographically, stands the theater of dreams, Old Trafford. However, there are a number of other attractions and sights as well. So you don't actually have to be a sports idiot to visit Manchester! See DigoPaul for dictionary definitions of Manchester, United Kingdom. Includes geographical map and city sightseeing photos. Old Trafford Manchester United's home ground Old Trafford has almost become a pilgrimage destination for millions of supporters from around the world. The track was used during the World Cup in 1966, the European Championships in 1996 and the Champions League Final in 2003, and has a capacity of 76,000 spectators. Every ten minutes, guided tours start around the…
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Malta Attractions and Tourist

Malta Attractions and Tourist

Europe
Attractions in Malta It is impossible to see all the attractions and sights of Malta during a holiday. Then you should at least have both a long holiday and a total blow in beach life and sun and bath. The travel plan gives you whatever you just need to take with you on holiday in Malta! See DigoPaul for dictionary definitions of Malta. Includes geographical map and city sightseeing photos. Grand Master's Palace This palace, located in the middle of Valletta, once housed the Grand Master of the Johns and is centered around two large courtyards. In a separate museum there is an impressive arsenal of old knight weapons such as swords, shields and armor, in what used to be the Grand Master's stables. Today the palace houses the Malta…
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Malta 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Malta. According to CountryAAH, Valletta is the capital city of Malta. Malta facing the euro as currency 1 January 2008; the government applied already in January 2007, and in June the EU leaders and the Union's finance ministers gave clearance for Malta to become part of the euro cooperation. The big issue for Malta was, like the years before, the refugee streams from Africa. Over 1,700 refugees arrived in boats from North Africa to Malta during the year. The number of migrants has steadily increased since the small island nation joined the EU in 2004. Most people really want to go to Italy or other EU countries but end up in Malta by mistake, sometimes after boat accidents. Many also die at sea; in June 2007 alone, 210…
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Mallorca Attractions and Tourist

Mallorca Attractions and Tourist

Europe
Tourist in Mallorca For many, will the holiday mainly be about long days at the beach with swimming and various water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing or maybe water skiing? However, there is much else one can experience in Mallorca. See DigoPaul for dictionary definitions of Mallorca, Spain. Includes geographical map and city sightseeing photos. Palma in Mallorca Majorca's capital Palma is located on the south-west coast and is often called the tourist capital or "little Barcelona ". Palma lives up to both characteristics. Palma feels like both an authentic Spanish city and a cosmopolitan metropolis. Here are modern avenues of tourists from all over the world. Palma has just over 350,000 residents. The Old Town or Casco Antiguo is located in the middle of…
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Luxembourg 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Luxembourg. According to CountryAAH, Luxembourg is the capital city of Luxembourg. Prime Minister and Finance Minister Jean-Claude Juncker used his veto right in June to stop a proposed change regarding VAT on Internet services. Germany, at the time the EU Presidency, had proposed that VAT be paid in the buyer's country. Luxembourg, which has the lowest VAT in the EU (15 percent), has become a low-tax country for companies selling via the Internet and has attracted major players such as AOL, Apple and eBay. Tax revenues were reported to be around EUR 300 million Luxembourg. Luxembourg Luxembourg, the capital of Luxembourg; 119,200 residents (2019). Luxembourg is located at the mouth of the Pétrusse River in the Alzette River. The river gorges up to 60 m deep, which are…
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Lithuania 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Lithuania. According to CountryAAH, Vilnius is the capital city of Lithuania. Parliament decided in April that more former Soviet KGB employees would be banned from holding public services. Previously, the prohibition on occupations was for KGB officers, but the new law also included former reservists. However, President Valdas Adamkus vetoed the law, which included would have meant that the security service's incumbent manager lost his job. Signs from Moscow came in the summer that Russia may place robotic weapons in Kaliningrad west of Lithuania in response to US plans for robotic defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic. The idea, voiced by First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, caused concern in L.A. Otherwise, the security policy debate in Lithuania during the year was mostly about energy security and…
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Liechtenstein 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Liechtenstein. According to CountryAAH, Vaduz is the capital city of Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein suffered an unplanned invasion during the year, when a group of infantrymen from neutral Switzerland perpetrated two kilometers across the border. They quickly returned when they realized their mistake. The incident had nothing to do with the fact that, thanks to new measurement methods, Liechtenstein's limits had recently been found to be 1.9 kilometers longer than previously thought. The country thus became a half square kilometer larger but still retained its place as the sixth to the surface smallest nation in the world. The March 2005 parliamentary elections had a high turnout of 87%. The winner was the Party of Progressive Citizens (PDB) with 48.7% of the vote followed by the People's Union (VU) with 38.2%.…
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Latvia 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Latvia. In February, at least 22 people were killed in a fire in a substandard care home for disabled people in western Latvia. The disaster triggered harsh criticism against the government, which was accused of wanting to shine on the EU's highest GDP growth rate but failed to provide sufficient resources for the care of people with disabilities. According to CountryAAH, Riga is the capital city of Latvia. Many demanded the departure of the Minister of Social Affairs, and after she had dealt with the aftermath of the disaster, she resigned in the fall. After record growth of almost 12 percent in 2006, the Latvian economy was plagued by overheating, labor shortages, sharp wage increases in some industries, rising inflation and price increases. Rumors of devaluation of the…
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Kosovo 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Kosovo. According to CountryAAH, Pristina is the capital city of Kosovo. UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari presented his plan for K's future status in February. According to the plan, K. would gain "supervised independence" with continued international presence and strong protection for the Serbian and Roma minorities. The K Albanian majority welcomed the plan and the parliament in Priština approved it by an overwhelming margin. But the Serbs were strongly critical and the Serbian parliament in Belgrade voted against the plan. The province was still formally part of Serbia, but in reality a UN protectorate. Ahtisaari formally handed over the issue of K's future status to the UN Security Council at the end of March. The United States and Britain expressed support for Ahtisaari's plan, while Russia was sharply…
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Italy 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Italy. According to CountryAAH, Rome is the capital city of Italy. Prime Minister Romano Prodi's sprawling government coalition, which took office after the April 2006 elections, had, as expected, immediately had trouble implementing its policy. His center – left alliance Union consisted of no less than nine parties and two support parties with widely differing programs and ideologies. In addition, the government alliance had an extremely small excess (a member) in the parliament's upper house, the Senate. After struggling with difficult contradictions between the government parties for nine months, Prodi chose February 21 to submit his resignation application. It happened after two Communist Party senators had chosen to vote against two government proposals: new grants for the 1,800-man Italian troops in the NATO force in Afghanistan and the…
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Ireland 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Ireland. On January 1, the Irish became one of the EU's 23 official languages. In the early 1990s, Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who was then Finance Minister, received gifts and large loans from friends and business representatives he did not publicly disclose. He maintained that he had made no mistakes, but the trips around his private economy created new tensions within the government coalition in the spring. The Progressive Democrats (PD), sitting in the government along with Ahern's own party Fianna Fáil, demanded before the parliamentary elections on May 24 that he should give a full account of his affairs in the early 1990s, which also happened. The election also meant that his appearance before the Mahon Tribunal, which investigates political corruption during this period, had to be…
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Iceland 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Iceland. The general election in May became a success for the state-carrying Independence Party, which during its 16 years in power led Iceland from being a small fishing nation to a country with strong economy and international financial players. At the same time, the government's toughest opponent won the Left – Green votes on its criticism of the construction of the huge power plant Kárahnjúkar and an accompanying aluminum smelter. The business-friendly Independence Party took more than a third of the vote and passed with a couple of seats to 24. The centrist coalition partner The Progress Party instead lost 5 seats and stayed at 7. The opposition went ahead by the Left-Green almost doubled its size in Everything 9 mandate. The Social Democratic Alliance lost two seats…
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Hungary 2007

Europe
Yearbook 2007 Hungary. In March, clashes took place in the capital Budapest between police and right-wing protesters. The unrest began when the police seized nationalist leader György Budaházy. Concern was preceded by a meeting in which British annihilator David Irving spoke. The meeting was held on the anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, which made Hungary temporarily independent from the Habsburg Empire. The day is celebrated as one of Hungary's three national days and the leading opposition party Fidesz gathered tens of thousands of people to its meeting and declared that it had nothing to do with the right-wing protesters. Otherwise, Fidesz has been accused of not completely distancing himself from these groups. According to CountryAAH, Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. Hungary was severely affected by the…
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Greece 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Greece. According to CountryAAH, Athens is the capital city of Greece. At least 67 people were killed and 200,000 hectares of coniferous forests, olive groves and agricultural land were ravaged by violent fires in August, especially in the southern part of the mainland. Many suspected that the fires were caused by people who wanted to clear land in order to build tourist facilities and other buildings. Just before the fires broke out, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis had announced his election to Parliament on September 16. Georgios Papandreou, leader of the largest opposition party of the All-Greek Socialist Movement (PASOK), accused during the Karamanlis election campaign of trying to whip up a national crisis atmosphere in order to unite the country around the government. In the election, Karamanli's conservative…
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Germany 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Germany. According to CountryAAH, Berlin is the capital city of Germany. Mounir Motassadeq was sentenced in January to 15 years in prison for assisting al-Qaeda members in the plans for the September 9, 2001 terrorist attack against the United States. This was the third time the Hamburg court sentenced Motassadeq, who again denied he knew of the plans. The first time was in 2003, in a case that was later annulled, and the second time was in 2005 when the prosecution involved membership in a terrorist organization. A Stuttgart court in February pardoned Brigitte Mohnhaupt, a former member of the city guerrilla Red Army faction (RAF). In 1985, Mohnhaupt had been sentenced to life imprisonment for interference with, among other things. nine murders. She was no longer considered…
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France 2007

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Yearbook 2007 France. In January, the Union Government for a People's Movement (UMP) appointed Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy as its candidate for the presidential election. Sitting President Jacques Chirac announced in March that he would not run for a third term. Sarkozy's main opponent was the Socialist Party's Ségolène Royal, but the temperature of the electoral movement rose when opinion polls in the spring showed an increasing support for François Bayrou, candidate for the bourgeois middle party Union for French Democracy (UDF). In the first round of elections in April, Sarkozy won with 31 percent of the vote against 26 percent for Royal. Bayrou gained almost 19 percent and in fourth place came second in the last election, the Nationalist National Front's leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, supported by just over…
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Finland 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Finland. The parliamentary elections in March became a victory for the bourgeois parties, which meant that the Social Democrats had to leave the center-led coalition government. Opposition Party The Collective Party emerged as the big winner. With the new party leader Jyrki Katainen, the party made its second best choice to date, winning 10 new seats and finishing 50. It was only 1 seat less than the Center Party, which lost 4 seats. The Social Democrats returned with 5 seats and stayed at 45, the party's worst result since 1962. The Swedish People's Party went ahead with 1 mandate to 9, the Green League also won 1 mandate and took a total of 15, while the Left League lost 2 and stayed on 17. A newspaper wrote that…
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Faroe Islands 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands planned record-high investments in new tunnel construction during the year. The Lagtinget decided to build a road tunnel about 12 kilometers below the sea between Streymoy and Suðuroy for the equivalent of close to SEK 1 billion. In addition, the autonomous government negotiated with private contractors a similar tunnel between the capital Tórshavn on Streymoy and Eysturoy to reduce travel time by car from three quarters to a few minutes. Because of its fishing fleet, the Faroe Islands have among the highest emissions of carbon dioxide per capita in the world, but now the island is investing in renewable energy. During the year it was announced that the Faroe Islands are planning to be the first in the Nordic region in 2010 to…
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Estonia 2007

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Yearbook 2007 Estonia. The year was dominated by the battle for the so-called Bronze Soldier in Tallinn. It was a Soviet war memorial commemorating the Red Army's victory over the German Nazis, but the Estonians saw the statue as a symbol of the Soviet occupation. Next to the monument were Soviet soldiers buried. According to CountryAAH, Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia. Prime Minister Andrus Ansip wanted to move the bronze soldier and the tombs to a war cemetery, and in January Parliament voted in favor of a law that would make it possible. In February, another law was passed that would force the government to move the monument within 30 days. Russia reacted strongly to the decision and warned of severe consequences in Russian-Estonian relations. Estonian President Toomas…
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