Belgium is ousted by France in the world Cup semi-finals as they do not break French defenses

Belgium is ousted by France in the world Cup semi-finals as they do not break French defenses

There is no first world Cup final for the Belgian red devils, as the defensive French team makes the best of the corner second half to take it 1-0 in St. Petersburg. The disappointment was huge in Belgium, who will now have to play the match for third place against England or Croatia. Was this a unique opportunity for Belgium to make it to the final, or will there be more opportunities? Only time will tell. Belgium missed winger Thomas Meunier, a crucial player in coach Roberto Martinez’ offensive system,…

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The European Parliament and the Commission are divided into national parks in Bulgaria

The European Parliament and the Commission are divided into national parks in Bulgaria

According to a letter sent last week to the European Commission by representatives of all major political groups in the European Parliament, two national parks in Bulgaria are threatened by construction plans. The MEPs call on the Commission to launch an infringement procedure against Bulgaria as a matter of urgency. The Pirin National Park is a Natura 2000 area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site but the Bulgarian government plans to open up almost half of the area to construction. Kresna Gorge, also a Natura 2000 site, is under threat…

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Steve Ditko, co-Creator of Spider-Man, has died on the 29th of June.

Steve Ditko, co-Creator of Spider-Man, has died on the 29th of June.

Steve Ditko, co-author of the popular superhero Spider, died on June 29. He was 90 years old. Several American papers reported on the story on Friday. Ditko worked for world-famous publishing house Marvel Comics back in the 60s, where he co-created Spiderman in 1961. He created Doctor Strange two years later. He also created the Green Goblin, the Lizard, Sandman and Doctor Octopus. Ditko left Marvel in 1966, after a disagreement with Stan Lee (Editor-in chief). He then worked for several other publishing houses, including Marvel’s rival DC comics. Steve…

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Belgians’ saving accounts to reap a new record

Belgians’ saving accounts to reap a new record

Regulated savings accounts of Belgians show a new record, with 266,457 billion euros saved at the end of may: an absolute record, according to data released on Friday By the national Bank of Belgium (BNB). August 2016 stands as the previous, with a bit more than 265 billion euros lying idle. In the following months, these had melted away, going down to 255 billion euros, several banking institutions having decided to change some categories of accounts into non-regulated saving accounts, so that they could free themselves from the legal minimum…

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Trade war: what is it and which products are affected?

Trade war: what is it and which products are affected?

The trade war between the US and other major economies escalated on Friday after Washington and Beijing imposed punitive import tariffs on each other’s goods worth $ 34 billion. While economists say the consequences of a spat between the world’s two largest economies can be contained for now, there are fears that Donald Trump’s stance on trade could cause serious damage to the global economy. What is a tariff? Tariffs are border taxes charged on foreign imports. When a government or economic bloc (such as the EU) imposes a tariff…

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National lottery wants to “open a chain of stores”

National lottery wants to “open a chain of stores”

The national lottery of Belgium wants to open its own stores for the sale of its products, and has already started to search for locations in Antwerp, Ghent, NAMUR and liège, Gazet van Antwerp and Het Nieuwsblad reported on Friday, based on information in the national Bulletin of tenders. When asked about this, The National Lottery explained that it wanted to be closer to the lottery players. The stores would also be used to pay out medium wins, from 2000 to 25,000 euros, discreetly. “The aim is certainly not to…

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Greece is on the right track, but the economic situation is contradictory

Greece is on the right track, but the economic situation is contradictory

Greece is on its way to economic recovery after its third aid is completed next month, according to a key official responsible for providing financial assistance to the Euro area countries with financial problems. Klaus Regling, director of the European Stability Mechanism and its temporary predecessor the European Financial Stability Facility during the height of the financial crisis, was interviewed in German newspaper Handelsblatt. He was quoted by Greek centre-right newspaper Kathimerini on Wednesday (4 June) as criticizing the Greek government and its former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis for having…

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Peace campaigners stage Brussels protest against Trump

Peace campaigners stage Brussels protest against Trump

Thousands of people have joined a protest against Donald Trump’s upcoming appearance at Nato, marching through Brussels to plead for less military spending and more public money for schools and clean energy. The Trump Not Welcome march and a companion concert came as European and North American leaders prepare for an annual summit at Nato’s headquarters in the city. The US president accuses Nato allies of not doing enough to defend themselves and is demanding that they increase their military budgets. The protest organisers oppose more military spending, and the…

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Can the Red Devils pass by Brazil with Dutch help?

Can the Red Devils pass by Brazil with Dutch help?

The Netherlands could not qualify for this world World Cup. But if the Red Devils manage to beat Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals, the Dutch will also be a little bit proud. A Dutch data analyst office is providing a helping hand for the Belgian team coach Roberto Martinez with statistics about the opponents. The national squad, the Red Devils, are facing their most important match in 30 years, as this one is crucial for the ‘Golden Generation’. How will this so-called ‘Golden Generation’ (with players from various top…

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Ryanair employees for down tools: steward explains what the problem is with his Irish contract

Ryanair employees for down tools: steward explains what the problem is with his Irish contract

Pilots and flight attendants of the Ryanair low-cost airline went on strike in July on 3 different days. They are dissatisfied with working conditions. Pilots are going on strike on 12 July, while cabin crew in Belgium, Italy, Spain and Portugal will be downing tools on 25 and 26 July. Staff in the Netherlands and Germany are also considering industrial action. Staff are unhappy about working conditions, since they all have an Irish contract, regardless of the country where they actually work and live. Ryanair also engaged two subcontractors: those…

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