Is the money laundering scandal at Danske Bank the largest in history?

Is the money laundering scandal at Danske Bank the largest in history?

The Russian-speaking caller refused to give a name, but the threat was clear “do you really feel like you can safely go home at night?” It was 2013 and officers at the Estonian branch of Danske Bank were beginning to realise they had taken on some very unpleasant customers. After a tipoff, a member of staff had travelled to Moscow and started asking questions. The team was trying to trace the identity of people hiding behind anonymous corporate vehicles, which had opened accounts and were now using them to transfer…

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Air Belgium suspends flights to Hong Kong

Air Belgium suspends flights to Hong Kong

Air Belgium has announced that it will suspend flights to Hong Kong during the winter season. The airline operates a long-term connection with Hong Kong from Charleroi airport in Hainan province. Speaking at a press conference on Friday afternoon, Nike’s CEO Terzakis told reporters that the route was not being scrapped. Flights from Charleroi to Hong Kong will resume next March. Despite the suspension of the Hong Kong route that started up in June of this year, Air Belgium still intends to start up new routes to China before the…

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Could a Dutch prison ship be used to accommodate transit migrants?

Could a Dutch prison ship be used to accommodate transit migrants?

The Federal government reported that it was considering using a Dutch prison ship to accommodate migrant workers. RT News learned from a reliable source that the government is considering renting a vessel from the Dutch authorities. However, the prison ship will not be available for the next 6 months and will not address immediate issues related to transit migrants. Transit migrants are at the top of the agenda of Friday morning’s meeting of the Federal Cabinet. Ministers need to find a workable solution to housing the transit migrants before they…

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Apple: Ireland collects over €14 billion in” unowed ” taxes

Apple: Ireland collects over €14 billion in” unowed ” taxes

The Irish government announced on Tuesday having collected the sum of €14.3 billion from the giant Apple. The sum corresponds to fiscal advantages believed by the European Union (EU) to be “unowed”, and which have been placed in a blocked account. The Irish Minister of Finances, Paschal Donohoe, explained in a communiqué that during the second and third quarters Apple deposited the amount in this account. The sum corresponds to €13.1 billion in assumed state aid, in addition to €1.2 billion in interest. In April, Ireland signed an agreement with…

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Airbnb promises more transparency on prices, conditions

Airbnb promises more transparency on prices, conditions

Airbnb’s online platform plans to improve the way It presents the prices of the rooms and houses it advertises, as well as the conditions of their use in accordance with European consumer law, the European Commission said. The Commission, which had already rapped the U.S. business on its fingers in July, said Airbnb had until the end of the year to implement the changes. The Commission had mainly faulted the way the platform presented the prices of its rooms and homes. It also felt users needed to be better protected…

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Brussels gets second batch of electric scooters

Brussels gets second batch of electric scooters

The American company Bird on Tuesday placed 100 folding electric scooters in different parts of Brussels, becoming the second company to do so, after Troty in late June. The scooters will be available free of charge between 07.00 a.m. and 09.00 p.m. They will be placed each morning at strategic locations such as train and subway stations. Users, who will have to be at least 18 years old, will be able to unlock the vehicles using an application they can download to their smart phones. They are asked to leave…

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The strike in the public service prevented

The strike in the public service prevented

The Flemish Minister in charge of administration, Lisbeth Gomans (nationalist, photo above), and trade unions representing Flemish public sector workers have reached an agreement that will prevent a strike scheduled for this Friday. Speaking on Tuesday evening, Ms Homans’ told VRT News that she had agreed with the unions to the formation of a working party that will meet each week. During these meetings the unions will be able to put forward their proposals for the reform of the status of civil servants employed in Flemish public services. “The first…

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Brussels Airlines drops Mumbai in less than two years

Brussels Airlines drops Mumbai in less than two years

Brussels Airlines, based in Flemish Brabant (Zaventem), will stop servicing the Indian city of Mumbai from 6 January 2019. The service was launched in March 2017, but the profitability was lower than expected. The Brussel to Mumbai service was Brussels Airline first step into the Asian market. The airline saw a gap in the market after the Indian airline Jet Air had moved its services to the subcontinent from Zaventem to The Netherland’s principle airport at Schiphol, near Amsterdam. The service started in late March 2017 but will come to…

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New banknotes in denominations of 100 and 200 euros in circulation since the end of may 2019

New banknotes in denominations of 100 and 200 euros in circulation since the end of may 2019

The new 100-and 200-Euro banknotes will be in circulation from 28 may 2019, the European Central Bank (ECB) said on Monday. The new bills were officially unveiled on Monday. The 500-euro bill will no longer be produced following a decision to that effect by the ECB. Since 2013, the various denominations of the Euro have been renewed to improve their security features. The old banknotes remain valid but will be gradually withdrawn from circulation. The new 5-euro banknote was launched in 2013, the 10-euro bill in 2014, and the 20-euro…

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The Belgian court refuses the Spanish side in extradite of the rapper

The Belgian court refuses the Spanish side in extradite of the rapper

The Belgian court rejected the request of Spain to extradite the rapper sentenced to prison on charges, including insulting the monarchy, said the representative of the Prosecutor’s office of the city of Ghent. Valtònyc, 24, whose real name is Josep Miquel Arenas, fled to Belgium in May after being sentenced in Spain to three and a half years for his lyrics, in which he also praised terror groups. “For the moment he is free and he is free definitively in Belgium,” his lawyer Paul Bekaert told Reuters TV in Ghent…

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