Trade Unions are worried about KPN involvement in Proximus

Trade Unions are worried about KPN involvement in Proximus

Belgian trade unions demand that telecom company Proximus breaks all contacts with top woman Dominique Leroy immediately, now that she has been nominated as KPN’s highest director. The unions fear that they will leave the Belgian telecom company in poor condition to “launch a telecom attack on Belgium from the Netherlands”. The call is in an open letter to the chairman of the board of directors, Stefaan De Clerck. The unions have delivered the letter to the Proximus headquarters. In the background is a transformation plan that Leroy announced earlier…

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Dutch manufacturing index shrinks a fraction

Dutch manufacturing index shrinks a fraction

The average daily production of Dutch industry was 0.2 percent lower in July than in the same month last year. The fall in production is smaller than in the previous four months, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Of the eight largest business classes within the industry, production of the electrical and electronic equipment industry grew by more than 11 percent. Production in the machinery, food and transport industries also grew. However, according to the statistics office, a small majority of business classes in industry had to cope…

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Far-Right Politician’s Election as Town Council Head Shocks Germany’s Mainstream Parties

Far-Right Politician’s Election as Town Council Head Shocks Germany’s Mainstream Parties

Stefan Jagsch of the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) – deemed to be an overtly neo-Nazi formation – has been elected a town council chairman in the German province of Hesse in a development that has shocked Germany’s mainstream political parties. In the past few years, it has been the surging far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party that has attracted major public attention, including with its recent strong showing in two former East Germany provinces. The NPD, however, is one of the best known far-right parties in Germany and is…

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US will sanction whoever purchases Iran’s oil, official says

US will sanction whoever purchases Iran’s oil, official says

The United States will continue to impose sanctions on whoever purchases Iran’s oil or conducts business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and no oil waivers will be re-issued, a US official said on Sunday (8 September). Iran’s crude oil exports were slashed by more than 80% due to re-imposed sanctions by the United States after President Donald Trump exited last year Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. “We will continue to put pressure on Iran and as President (Trump) said there will be no waivers of any kind for Iran’s…

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Ex-Minister of Internal Affairs Gahariya becomes Prime Minister of Georgia

Ex-Minister of Internal Affairs Gahariya becomes Prime Minister of Georgia

Georgia’s parliament on Sunday (8 September) confirmed an ex-interior minister accused of cracking down on protesters as the country’s new prime minister, fuelling political tensions in the ex-Soviet nation. Georgian former Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze announced his resignation on 2 September after little more than a year in the job and said the country must not be riven by political divisions that could play into Russia’s hands. Lawmakers voted 98-0 to confirm Giorgi Gakharia as premier in a vote boycotted by the opposition. Gakharia, 44, is deeply hated by Georgia’s…

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