Central banks are right when they say no one understands them

Central banks are right when they say no one understands them

Central banks have been talking a lot about the need for clear communication with the public lately, and they may have a point about how that could improve their standing. A working paper published by the Swiss National Bank this week analysed survey data from its UK counterpart and found that the average Briton’s knowledge of what the Bank of England does is pretty sparse. While that isn’t a radical revelation – policy makers from across the world came to Frankfurt just last week to discuss how tough it is…

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Belgium tops Europe in sales of electric cars

Belgium tops Europe in sales of electric cars

Sales of electric cars in Belgium increased by 147% in 2016 compared to the previous year. This is more than in any country in Europe according to a report by i-Cleantech Vlaanderen. Approximately 10,000 electric cars joined the car fleet in Belgium in 2016. The share of electric cars in Belgium still represents only 1.6% of the total car fleet. This places the country in the sixth place in Europe, behind Norway (24%), the Netherlands (5%), Iceland (4.2%), Sweden (3.2%) and Switzerland (1.8%). Over the same period sales of electric…

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Two police officers attacked every day

Two police officers attacked every day

Some 8,400 cases of attacks against police officers were recorded last year, amongst which 800 were assaults. This was reported on Monday in Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen. Starting from this week a circular from the Minister of Justice, Koen Geens (CD&V), instigating a zero-tolerence policy will be sent to all of Belgium’s prosecutors. The minister had in fact announced this circular back in June, following the riots which hit the city of Antwerp. An investigation will now be launched in each case of an attack, whilst verbal attack…

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France agrees to temporary transfer of Abdeslam for trial in Brussels

France agrees to temporary transfer of Abdeslam for trial in Brussels

A French court has agreed to transfer Salah Abdeslam to Belgium. He is the only survivor of the terrorist attacks in Paris, and will be tried in December in Brussels in another case, AFP reported yesterday. The Paris court of appeal has “endorsed the principle of the temporary transfer” of Abdeslam, currently incarcerated under harsh conditions in the prison of Fleury-Merogis, a suburb of Paris. This decision allows the execution of the European Arrest Warrant issued on 19 October by a Brussels court, which requested the extradition of Salah Abdeslam…

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