Greetings, citizens, and welcome to another week of sheer misery. I haven’t even got an animal-related story for you. Booo.
The Russian economy seems to be collapsing, with the price of the rouble falling dramatically. Here’s an overview.
In Dresden, Germany, 15,000 people have taken part in a very thinly veiled racist march against Islamization (which is not a thing, really). East Germans, I really want nothing to do with you right now. Here’s an excellent reply from a sensible German person, which I’ll translate in full in the comments.
Belgium has been brought to a complete standstill by a general strike, and nobody noticed, because it’s such a teeny-weeny cutie country, isn’t it? Naww.
For unknown or possibly no reasons at all, Spain has abolished rent control. Because what can possibly go wrong?
In Turkey, the state police have arrested 23 members of the opposition media. And if that was not enough, two of the most famous Turkish novelists are being criticised for being too Western by the pro-government press. Alright then, we’ll take them.
A Russian plane has had a near-miss with a Swedish passenger plane, which is a thought I’d rather not entertain for too long.
Ireland, on the other hand, is to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage. Not bad for a Catholic country.
And the prize for the most brazen art theft goes to the people walking out of a Madrid art gallery with a whopping 70 paintings. What a movie that will make!
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a lot more good news in 2015.
Until then, enjoy your holidays!