Over a thousand taxi drivers have blockaded the center of Madrid on Thursday. Letting off flares, firecrackers, smoke bombs and blowing horns.
They are protesting plans to allow companies like Uber and Cabify to compete in the market place.
Currently Uber is not allowed to operate in Spain but the Spanish authorities are considering opening up the taxi market to more competition. The legality of companies such as Uber are in question all around the world. One major hurdle being insurance for passengers within the car.
The regulatory body in Spain the CNMC is going to publish a non-binding recommendation sometime next week. They are expected to recommend that ride-handling apps be allowed to operate within Spain.
The taxi sector around the world tends to be a heavily regulated sector and in Spain it is no different . Which leaves Taxi drivers at a disadvantage. For apps like Uber to not completely destabilize the current status quo, a compromise will need to be made. In some parts of the world an “Uber tax” has been implemented to allow governments to grow a treasure chest that will help taxi drivers to transition into the new economy. Hopefully this will be part of the CNMC’s recommendations.
Here we have a map of one of the newest republics of Europe. The Republic of Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008 and has been a hotly disputed territory ever since. With a population of about 1.8 million citizens and a land size of about 10,908 km2, it is one of the smallest also. The capital of the republic is Pristina and the population is heavily dominated by Albanians. They make about 92% of the population and most follow the religion of Sunni Islam. However freedom of religion has been laid down in the new constitution. The Albanians know what religious persecution can do and want to avoid this in the future.
We have provided a map of some of the refugee routes into Europe. Refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria, Libya and Iraq have had to mobilize and move out of their respective countries due to the escalation in violence. We at map of Europe will be developing a series of maps that we are hoping will help refugees flee the awful violence that is happening in their homelands. We are also hoping to educate non-refugees as to the plight of these poor people.
There has been a lot of scare mongering in the mainstream media and in our own little way we are trying to offset this with some rational discussion. We do understand that some individuals fleeing these war zones are not refugees but the overwhelming majority are and these people need to be treated with some respect and sympathy.
Can you really get all the way from London to Singapore by train? Not really. There are parts of the route that you will have to take a bus. The parts small and can be ignored and if you look at the map, it is parts of South East Asia that ruin the dream. Even obstacles like the English Channel no longer require you to get off the train, so it is kind of a shame that you can’t take the whole route on train.
Should this deter you from trying it? Hell no! This is one of those once in a lifetime experiences, that should be ticked off the bucket list. Even if you are only make it to Beijing, the trip is a definite must. Although you do have to ask yourself if I am going to make it all the way from one end of Europe to far end of Asia by train, why not go all the way to Singapore and be done with it?
Travelling by train is on of life’s most under-appreciated experiences. We live in a world of 16 hours by jet to any part of the planet and a world that is increasingly about instant gratification. A train journey that spans continents, gives you a chance to relax the mind and the body while appreciating some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet. It truly is a beautiful and life affirming experience.
When travelling through Europe there is one word that everyone should know. That word is beer. Beer originated in Europe and is part of the culture of most of the countries on the continent. Every region will usually have it’s own distinct type of beer. From the dark, chocolaty stouts on the Western Isles to the fruity pilseners of the Eastern Germanic tribes. Even the countries more famous for their wines, like France and Italy probably had some form of meed styled beverage first. The Italian beer Peroni has even gone on to conquer the world’s palate.
While beer might not be to everyone’s taste. If you are a beer drinker? and are going to Europe one thing, we at MapofEurope.com recommend is trying a local beer from every country you visit. you won’t be disappointed.