Ukrainian MP Alexander Granovskiy accused of second citizenship

Ukrainian MP Alexander Granovskiy accused of second citizenship

Ukraine has strict laws prohibiting becoming the citizen of another country while holding Ukrainian passport. However it happens quite often. It is especially popular among politicians, businessmen and ethnic minorities to hold the second passport for ‘just in case scenarios’. One of the cheapest way to get the citizenship of European Union is to get the Romanian passport. MP Alexander Granovskiy (Granovski – EU) has managed to get one – and is now under fire of his fellow colleagues and law enforcers. It should be noted, that MP Alexander Granovskiy…

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EU minister says Turkey still on track to join bloc despite calls to stop accession

EU minister says Turkey still on track to join bloc despite calls to stop accession

Federica Mogherini says it is important to keep a dialogue open despite growing pressure for Brussels to condemn Ankara’s human rights abuses. The EU’s foreign policy chief defied calls for a tougher line on human rights abuses in Turkey to insist the country remains on track to join the bloc. Federica Mogherini, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, told reporters on Tuesday that it was important to keep a dialogue open with Ankara. “Clearly Turkey is and stays a candidate country,” she told reporters. “Many of our colleagues prefer…

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Van Impe: last Belgian winner of Tour de France suffers heart attack

Van Impe: last Belgian winner of Tour de France suffers heart attack

Lucien Van Impe, the last bELGIAN winner of the Tour de France, suffered a heart attack. VTM Nieuws announced this on Monday.The former cyclist was immediately operated upon in a hospital in Alost. The same source added, Van Impe, aged 70, is out of danger but he is not yet stable. Lucien Van Impe won the Tour de France in 1976. He is the last Belgian to feature in the rankings of the major race. He scooped the mountains classification six times and landed nine stage victories. Apart from his…

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EU barriers to state ownership do exist

EU barriers to state ownership do exist

Polly Toynbee (Labour should exploit the Tories’ disarray on Europe, not copy it, 25 June) claims it is wrong to suggest the EU prevents state ownership and gives as an example how European rail networks remain state-owned; she should have added “for now”. The market pillar of the fourth rail package, as agreed in April 2016, mandates “more competition and performance targets for public service contracts, so as to improve cost-efficiency and get better value for money for taxpayers”, which sounds wearingly familiar. And with 2020 as the target date….

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Young migrant dies in Brussels crushed by bus which he was catching

Young migrant dies in Brussels crushed by bus which he was catching

A young migrant who tried on Saturday to catch a bus, without being seen, died. The bus was leaving from the Gare du Nord, in Brussels, and heading towards the French city of Calais. La Dernière Heure indicated this on its website on Monday evening. The young man was squashed by the vehicle, which was manoeuvring at the time. He was a minor, who died in hospital as a result of his injuries. The Brussels Public Prosecutor confirmed the incident had occurred to the editor of the daily newspaper.

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Special Tax Inspectorate director hearing

Special Tax Inspectorate director hearing

The regional director for the Special Tax Inspectorate (known as the “ISI”), Karel Anthonissen, had a federal police hearing on Monday on his contacts with politicians and journalists. De Tijd reveals on Tuesday that he was not interrogated as a witness, but as a suspect. His private e-mails and messages were searched by investigators. Karel Anthonissen, who heads up the West and East Flanders ISI divisions, but who is currently subject to investigation, is suspected of having leaked more than 300 names of large companies, recognised institutions and company directors….

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