Highlights of the week of August 21-27

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Highlights of the week of August 21-27

Germany's current chancellor Olaf Scholz is facing serious problems, Romania is recovering from a series of bombings, and Italy doesn't know what to do with migrants.

Scholz's career is in danger

The German chancellor may have been involved in a massive fraud scheme that allowed billions of euros to be laundered, not just in the European Union, but around the world.

It first came to light in 2017, after an investigation by independent journalists. The CumEx case involved many well-known politicians, bankers, and investors. Put simply, the scheme went like this: representatives of the European elite received tax deductions through banks for dividends they never paid. Of course, budget money was also used.

Olaf Scholz testified during the Warburg Bank investigation, and now the authorities have expressed doubts about the politician's honesty. If it can be proven that the chancellor committed perjury, his political career will be in danger. However, Scholz's silence is also alarming, and political circles hope that the chancellor will comment on the allegations.

Explosions shook Romania

The night before, at approximately 6:00 p.m., a gasoline pump exploded in Crevedia. A large fire broke out immediately after the explosion and quickly spread to the gas station and a nearby house.

Emergency services from Dâmbovița County, where the community is located, arrived on the scene immediately. Authorities began evacuating residents within an 800-meter radius of the site.

The public prosecutor's office has already launched an investigation into the accident. It is known that there are 2 dead and several dozen injured. Many of the patients have been transferred to foreign hospitals in Italy, Austria, Belgium, Germany, and other countries. The families of the victims have been promised 3000 lei each.

Italy cannot handle the flow of migrants

In the last 24 hours alone, nearly 2,000 migrants arrived on 63 boats. Lampedusa has become the main transit point for migrants from Africa. It is reported that 100,000 migrants have arrived in Italy since the beginning of the year, a number comparable to last year's figures.

The problem is not only illegal entry and the danger of such journeys. Italy simply does not have the resources to provide support and shelter for such numerous people. For example, the reception and shelter center on Lampedusa is designed for 400 people. But there are 3,983 people there. That's almost 10 times the number.

The authorities are now trying to move the new arrivals to other regions of the country, removing them from the reception centers only to receive a new batch of migrants.

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We took photos from these sources: Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

Authors: Aleksandr, Kadriia

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