Giorgia Meloni one of the new wave of European leaders opposing globalist policies like Net Zero and mass immigration as millions of citizens shift their allegiance towards populist Right-wing parties. .
Friedrichstrasse in Berlin is one of Europe's most renowned shopping streets. Lined with glitzy stores, from Galeries Lafayette to Karl Lagerfeld it is on a par with Avenue des Champs-Élysées, London's Regent Street or Via Montenapoleone in Milan, teeming with shoppers eager to spend their hard earned or ill - gotten cash and flowing with cars, buses and taxis.
However this busy, lively, profitable scene was something of a novelty for traders in Friedrichstrasse because for the past three years, the once busy street has been pedestrian-only, covered with huge flowerpots, wooden tables and chairs occupying the tarmac once reserved for cars.
Although the controversial green zone stretched for only a third of a mile, it was in the centre of the metropolis, near the tourist hotspot of Checkpoint Charlie, the notorious crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. ... Read all
The pedestrianisation of Friedrichstrasse, part of Germany's push to achieve a net zero emissions economy (and a return to the lifestyle of medieval peasants to to mention that is 'verboten', led to a furious backlash from shop owners, who complained of a sharp drop in customers.
At last business owner Anja Schroder, whose wine shop and bar, Planet Wein, has traded in the street for 18 yearsfor 18 years, decided she’d had enough.
‘My trade dropped by 40 per cent because of the car ban,’ she claims. ‘We lost tourists, but also lots of Berliners who used to pop in after travelling by car from the suburbs. Some other shops, cafes and eateries have gone under.’
Determined not to follow them down the drain and to help prevent more of her neighbours going the same way, Anja launched a campaign to bring back the cars and the crowds, using legal argument and public pressure she, and her supporters took on the city authority, federal government and Germany's powerful and increasinglyu authoritarian Green Blob and earlier this month achieved victory as the Berlin authorities surrendered to muktipolar pressure.
The Friedrichstrasse story has become a symbol of the German people’s fightback against the nonsensical agenda of the green blob introduced by a ramshackle coalition government led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz in which the Green Party, by threatening to bring down the governing coalition and force an election has held Scholz to ransom and forced him to implement their extremist, ideological policies. Simultaneously support for hard-Right parties has surged as the green idiocies of the government have sent the cost of living soaring and created shortages of energy, food and basic household essentials and sharply impacted the living standards of German people, which is ringing alarm bells.
Once the economic
powerhouse of Europe, Germndany is now officially in
recession, a not only struggling with uncontrolled immigration and
high inflation, but the need to keep in step with the European Union’s
demands that each of its 27 member states achieve ‘Net Zero’ by 2050 as its switch to an energy policy dependent entirely on unreliable, intermittent sources such as wind and solar has failed dismally, while the premature closure of nuclear generating plants exacerbated the situation and led to a desperate rush to recommission the few remaining coal fired power stations.
In spite of all this the ideologically driven headlong rush to ruin goes on, the sale of new cars with combustion engines will be banned in Germany by 2035 unless the vehicles are designed to run on e-fuels rather than petrol or diesel.
And purchases of new domestic gas and oil boilers are scheduled to be outlawed from the end of next year. Homeowners have been told to replace them with heat pumps (which are not suitable as a main heating source in northern climes,) at a cost of thousands of euros per household.
Many ordinary families fear that finding the money to comply with the government’s green diktats will leave them impoverished. One opinion poll found that no less than 80 per cent of Germans disagree with the impending bans.
At the same time, 9 per cent of small and medium-sized industrial companies are considering moving their operations abroad, aware that Germany's supine adoption of the EU's extremist environmental agenda who make it impossible to trade profitably in Germany.
‘There is a real danger of the de-industrialisation of Germany,’ says political scientist Alexander Rahr.
In effect, middle-class Germans are looking at a future without a car, a nice house and two weeks’ holiday a year — staples of their lives for decades. And the result of this turmoil is that citizens are rebelling at the ballot box.
To be continued ....