Your Weekly Recap for 19 - 23 September.
What you need to know at the end of this week:
- Luxembourg agreed to cap gas and electricity prices.
- Your wage increases will happen next year.
- Luxembourg City expanded its cycling infrastructure.
- The UN General Assembly concludes today, Friday.
- Biden said the US would defend Taiwan if China invades.
- The world prepared for a radical election in Italy.
1. This is what was agreed at the Tripartite:
Gas prices will be capped at 15% of what you pay now.
Electricity prices will be frozen at current rates.
The Government intends to pay the difference, as prices skyrocket.
VAT rates have also been reduced by 1%.
- Wages increases will happen next year in February and April.
More measures: A list of support measures have been agreed in principle.
Will the Government’s solution help the bigger problem of supply shortages?: An economist at the University of Luxembourg cast doubt on the efficacy of the measures. They said capping prices, whilst helpful, removes the incentive of reducing consumption. Expensive measures, as a global recession is feared.
2. Luxembourg City expanded its cycling infrastructure.
The City’s leadership inaugurated new cycling infrastructure on Boulevard Prince Henri
Additional space for cycling lanes
Physical separation between car and cycle lanes.
This is big for the city, cycling activists have been calling for infrastructure over ‘paint’ for a while.
Patrick Goldschmidt (DP) is the City’s Alderman in charge of Mobility.
Is this it? No, What you’ll see are temporary fixtures, to be replaced and improved upon next year.
Parties will increasingly want to show accomplishments and earn votes as they shake up their lists and candidates for 2023.
- Christos Floros
3. The United Nations General Assembly focused on Ukraine, Biden slammed China but was careful not to antagonise it.
Russia’s war in Ukraine was at the centre of a U.N. Security Council meeting.
Biden addressed the UN General Assembly and appealed to all nations to uphold the ideals of the United Nations
Biden was cautious on China, slamming its recent nuclear build-up and human rights violations in Xinjiang but said the US does not seek conflict nor a new cold war.
They didn't show up: Putin, China’s Xi Jinping and India’s Narendra Modi were notable absentees of this year's assembly. All 3 had attended a gathering in Uzbekistan last week.
Return Crimea to Ukraine:That was the message of Turkey’s Erdogan to Vladimir Putin.
4. Biden said, once again, that US forces would respond if China attempts to invade Taiwan
In an interview with CBS Biden was asked whether US troops would defend Taiwan. He replied "yes", if it were "an unprecedented attack".
China was severely angered, saying the statement violated the commitment the US has made not to support Taiwan independence.
Why it matters: Tensions between China and the US are high, in the wake of a rare visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi last month.
A challenge for Western leadership: Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping rallied Asian leaders behind a new "international order" at last week's summit in Uzbekistan.
5. Italy prepared to put a ‘post-fascist’ in charge: Giorgia Meloni
Elections are this Sunday.
Italy’s right-wing parties staged a joint rally on Thursday.
Giorgia Meloni is a eurosceptic and leads the ultra-conservative ‘Brothers of Italy’ party.
First Woman In Charge: She is set to become Italy’s first female prime minister.
Far Right, Again: With her allies, Matteo Salvini and ex-PM Berlusconi, they look certain to form the first far-right led government in Rome since Mussolini formed his before World War II.
Who was Mussolini? He was the leader of Italy at the beginning of World War II. With Adolf Hitler, they led the Axis Powers. He is credited for founding fascism.
And in case you missed it:
Large Protests in Iran erupted following the death of a woman at the hands of its Morality Police. Iranians are once again expressing their anger towards the country’s ultra-conservative government.
In Hungary, Viktor Orban’s nationalist government proposed a series of measures to unlock billions of euros in blocked EU funds, more will be announced today.
Queen Elizabeth II'sfuneral service at Westminster Abbey on Monday concluded the official period of mourning for the United Kingdom.
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