Redaction Weekly: Environmental disaster strikes Germany and Belgium

DEVASTATING flooding has stuck swathes of Germany and Belgium.

In total the combined death told is said to have exceeded 150.

Shocking footage has captured the heavy damage caused by the rising waters in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.

Heavy rains having burst river banks and flood defences, the ensuing torrent watched away bridges, roads and stone houses.

Experts have already warned that the rising floodwater are emblematic of the need to cut emissions

As Wim Thiery, a professor at Brussels University told the Independent: “There is a clear link between extreme precipitation occurring and climate change.”

The impact of the climate change is steadily moving up the priority list of global leaders.

Despite the pressing problems posed by Coronavirus the effects of a warming climate have still taken centre stage.

Angela Merkel made likely her final US to trip this week for a summit with Joe Biden.

On the agenda for discussion were China, NATO and Nord stream 2.

However the outgoing German Chancellor found herself paying tribute to the lives lost in the worst flooding to hit her country in living memory.

Climate chaos in the age of a pandemic.

Looking at the wider problems facing the EU, Redaction Report explored what the rising populist challenge means for Brussels.

Why centre-right politics in Europe rests on the idea of a confederate EU

In England, Labour looked to make the most of a narrow win in Bately and Spen.

No, Labour isn’t back after Batley and Spen

While racism continues to be debated in the wake of the online abuse aimed at the four England players who missed penalties in last Sunday’s Euro final.

Pictures: Football teams display anti-racism banner on Westminster bridge

This week also saw demonstration break out over the threat to Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) communities 

Watch: Fight for Travellers rights at Drive to Survive demonstration in London

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