2018 FIFA world Cup-Roberto Martinez : “we grew as a team”

2018 FIFA world Cup-Roberto Martinez : “we grew as a team”

Head coach Roberto martínez said on Monday that he was satisfied with the spirit demonstrated by the Belgian football team in their first match at the 2018 FIFA world Cup against Panama. Kept at bay in the first half, the Red Devils hit back in the second half, scoring three goals. “We grew as a team,” Martinez said at a press conference after the match. Martinez said he was not surprised by the opposition put up by Panama in the first half. “That’s exactly what we’d expected,” he said. “It…

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Unemployment will continue to fall despite a slowdown in economic growth

Unemployment will continue to fall despite a slowdown in economic growth

The Federal Bureau of planning has published its forecasts for the Belgian economy for the next 5 years. Although economic growth will slow, the number of jobs will grow. Growth will remain stable at 1.6% until 2020. This is largely thanks increased domestic demand. Belgians’ disposable income is increasing thanks to the tax shift. This is reflected in increased consumption and more new jobs being created. The increase in disposable income will tail off between 2020 and 2023 and the balance of trade will be negative. This will be reflected…

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Poland risks losing its right to vote in the EU

Poland risks losing its right to vote in the EU

The dialogue between the EU and Poland in search of a solution to the dispute over judicial reform has entered the final phase on Monday with the visit of the first Vice-President Frans Timmermans to Warsaw, where he met with Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. The meeting was described as positive and constructive but Timmermans and Morawiecki did not take any questions at their joint press conference. At a previous press conference in Warsaw, when Timmermans met the Polish foreign minister, the latter did not hesitate to express his…

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Thalys launches summer route between Brussels and Bordeaux in 2019

Thalys launches summer route between Brussels and Bordeaux in 2019

In June 2019 a new “Thalys Soleil” line will be inaugurated between Brussels and Bordeaux. During the summer months travellers can travel between the two cities in just over four hours, Thalys announced in a press release on Tuesday. The new “Thalys Soleil” between Brussels and Bordeaux will run on Saturdays and start at 40 euro. From April next year, thanks to two new destinations (Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Marne-la-Vallée), the area east of Paris will be directly linked to Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam. The Thalys trains…

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Luxury real estate sales are up again, and it’s mostly those between 30 and 45 who account for the rise

Luxury real estate sales are up again, and it’s mostly those between 30 and 45 who account for the rise

Expensive mansions and villas used to be difficult to sell in Belgium, but the market has improved significantly, show figures of real estate agents Van der Build. While most of us would think of older couples as potential buyers, it turns out that those aged between 30 and 45 are surprisingly active on this particular market. It has become less of a difficult task to sell homes for amounts between 750,000 euros and 1.5 million. The average time to sell it was 149 days last year, compared to 315 days…

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The owners of the shopping center Woluwe want to be listed on the Brussels stock exchange

The owners of the shopping center Woluwe want to be listed on the Brussels stock exchange

Eurocommercial Properties, which owns the Woluwe shopping center, has applied for a quote on the Brussels stock exchange, the Dutch holding company said on Tuesday. Eurocommercial Properties has been quoted on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange since 1991. It expects to be quoted on a second stock exchange, that of Brussels, from the 27th of June. The aim is to have a bit more visibility on the Belgian market to attract Belgian investors to our company, Financial Director Evert van Garderen explained.

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The court said that marine Le Pen must pay about 300 000 euros to the European Parliament

The court said that marine Le Pen must pay about 300 000 euros to the European Parliament

The European court of justice on Tuesday dismissed marine Le Pen’s appeal against the European Parliament’s decision to recover nearly 300,000 euros from the far-right former European Parliament for abuse of the parliamentary assistant. The Luxembourg-based court dismissed the appeal by the head of the National Rally (ex-National Front), requesting the annulment of the parliament’s decision, taken in late 2016. Marine Le Pen “has not been able to prove that her assistant performed actual work for her,” the Court stated in a press release. “She has not provided evidence of…

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Bxl tour this Sunday will close some roads and tunnels

Bxl tour this Sunday will close some roads and tunnels

Motorists and others using public transport are being warned that today’s second edition of the BXL Tour cycle race, organised by the city of Brussels, is likely to cause major disruption with the closure of tunnels and certain main roads. This year’s race has been extended from the 28km of the first edition to 40km, linking the Place des Palais to the Atomium. Last year 3,000 cyclists took part. This year, the number has gone up to 5,000, split into 200 licensed and experienced cyclists, and 4,800 amateurs. The main…

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International experts come to Antwerp for global diamond parley

International experts come to Antwerp for global diamond parley

International actors in the diamond sector are in Antwerp this week for a four-day international conference bringing together representatives of 81 countries. A major focus of the June 18-22 Kimberley Process Intercessional Meeting is broadening the mission of the Kimberley Process, which is to end the global trade in conflict diamonds, and to protect legitimate trade in diamonds. The process was established in 2003. It aims to ensure that the diamond trade does not finance the activities of violent rebel movements. Since its establishment, the proportion of conflict diamonds in…

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Flemish public transport riot week

Flemish public transport riot week

This is the probability of a violation of the services provided by the Flemish public transport company De Lijn next week. The socialist and liberal trade unions have called meetings to inform their members about the collective labour agreement that has been agreed to by the De Lijn’s management and the Christian trade union ACV. The meetings will be held during working hours and on different days in each of the 5 Flemish provinces. A few weeks ago the Christian trades union and management reached agreement on the reorganisation of…

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