Brexit: UK car production plunges amid ‘untold damage’ of EU leave date chaos

Brexit: UK car production plunges amid ‘untold damage’ of EU leave date chaos

Car production plunged by nearly half in April as factories shut down to prepare for a Brexit date that never came, prompting renewed anguish from the UK motor industry at the “untold damage” done by prolonged uncertainty. In a slump that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) described as “extraordinary”, 70,971 vehicles rolled off the production lines in April, down 44.5% from 127,970 in the same month of last year. Labour said the figures showed that the government’s “mishandling” of Brexit was already hurting carmakers, warning of further…

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Rafael Nadal sweeps Yannick Maden aside and shows why he is favourite

Rafael Nadal sweeps Yannick Maden aside and shows why he is favourite

It usually takes only a couple of matches for Rafael Nadal to remind everyone why he is always favourite to win here – not just the titles, which he has won an extraordinary 11 times, but points, games, sets and matches. And so it was on day four of the 2019 French Open when he beat his second German qualifier called Yannick, Herr Maden joining Herr Hanfmann (who took only six games off the Spaniard in the first round). Maden, ranked 114 in the world, didn’t do much better. Nadal,…

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Trains not stopping in Brussels station after bomb alert

Trains not stopping in Brussels station after bomb alert

No trains are currently stopping in Brussels Gare du Nord following a bomb alert, national rail company SNCB announced. At around 15:00 on Tuesday, the SCNB said on its Twitter account that no trains were going through or serving the station, located to the north of the city. After advising travellers to follow the instructions of security personnel, the rail company said that trains could once again go through, but not stop at the station. In replies, the SNCB said that the Midi and Central stations were not impacted. En…

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Young climate activists camp out in front of the European Parliament

Young climate activists camp out in front of the European Parliament

Around 80 students from the Occupy for Climate movement set up tents on the square in front of the European Parliament in Brussels on Saturday. They were planning to spend the night there. The young activists wanted to convince those who are undecided to vote for a better climate policy. They staged their protest a few hours before people cast their vote. The activists, from all corners of Europe, intended to spend the night in the shadow of the European Parliament. That’s not allowed because it is a neutral zone,…

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Five people evacuated from a burning building in Brussels

Five people evacuated from a burning building in Brussels

Brussels firefighters had to evacuate five people from a burning building in the early hours on Monday morning, said Walter Derieuw, spokesman for the Brussels fire brigade. The fire brigade was called around 3:00 AM to a fire in a bar on the ground floor of a three-storey building on Chaussée de Louvain. One person was present on the first floor, two on the second and two on the third. There were no injuries. During the rescue, the firefighters were able to enter the bar through a side door in…

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Sustainable kerosene? Rotterdam Airport begins study

Sustainable kerosene? Rotterdam Airport begins study

Rotterdam Airport is studying the production of sustainable kerosene under a European project spearheaded by the German company EDL.The project should permit the production of airplane fuel from CO2. The carbon dioxide needed for this would be filtered directly from the environment. Stakeholders see this as “an important step towards CO2-neutral aviation”. Under the project, a small plant will be installed at Rotterdam Airport with the capacity to produce about 1000 litres of kerosene per day. This will be the first real-life installation of such a plant. Before now, efforts…

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First circular shopping centre opens in Saint-Gilles

First circular shopping centre opens in Saint-Gilles

Belgium’s first circular shopping centre has opened in Brussels, on the Chaussée de Charleroi in Saint-Gilles. A circular shopping centre has nothing particular about its shape. Rather, the name refers to the principles of the circular economy: ensuring that products and materials used remain as long as possible in circulation, rather than being used once and then disposed of. Yuman is a pop-up centre made up of eight shops housed in a former Suzuki car showroom. The businesses signed up so far offer slow cosmetics, bags and accessories made with…

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Election results show far-right parties on the rise across Europe

Election results show far-right parties on the rise across Europe

While far-right party Vlaams Belang saw an unexpectedly high rise in support in Belgium for all three elections (Flemish/Brussels/Walloon Region, Federal, and EU), the rise of far-right parties was seen in the election results across Europe. In France, the right-wing populist and nationalist Rassemblement National party (RN, previously the National Front) led by Marine Le Pen won the European elections by 0,9%. It came out at the top of the European elections, beating President Macron’s centrist party La République En Marche (23,3% vs 22,4%). In Italy, the extreme right Lega…

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Brussels scraps fixed parking places for commuters in public car parks

Brussels scraps fixed parking places for commuters in public car parks

Commuters in Brussels can no longer count on fixed parking spaces in public car parks, thanks to a new measure to be introduced on 1 July. Companies often reserve places in public car parks for their staff who work in the neighbourhood, but live elsewhere. The new measure, imposed by Bruxelles Environnement, hopes that more commuters will leave their cars at home when deprived of their guaranteed space. “Commuters account for some 200,000 cars entering Brussels every day,” said Bruxelles Environnement spokesperson Pauline Lorbat told Bruzz. “This measure was the…

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Sunscreen pulled from Belgian stores: factor 50 was actually 15

Sunscreen pulled from Belgian stores: factor 50 was actually 15

A sunscreen from a Spanish brand was pulled from the Belgian market by federal health authorities after it was found that the product overstated its sun protection factor (SPF) by more than half. The sunscreen, manufactured by Spanish brand ISDIN, advertised an SPF of 50, but a study conducted by consumer protection organisation Test-Achats found that its sun protection factor was no higher than 15. “We were informed [Wednesday] morning of the results of Test-Achat’s study,” a spokesperson for the Federal Public Health Bureau told SudInfo. “Our experts confirmed the…

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