Erdogan in Turkey called for talks to defuse gas conflict with Greece

Erdogan in Turkey called for talks to defuse gas conflict with Greece

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for dialogue on Monday (10 August) while still pushing ahead with a contentious Mediterranean gas development plan that has outraged Greece and alarmed NATO and the EU. The budding row over suspected reserves in the eastern Mediterranean Sea pits a range of regional powers in a confrontation watched with worry in Brussels and Washington. Turkey dispatched a research ship to the region on Monday -just three days after Erdogan said he was tired of waiting for the outcome of sporadic talks held in the…

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Algeria wants to “renegotiate” EU trade deal

Algeria wants to “renegotiate” EU trade deal

Algeria’s president has requested the country’s trade minister reassess a deal with the EU, ahead of a free trade agreement due to come into effect on 1 September. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune asked Kamel Rezig to “carry out an assessment… of the dossier of the association agreement with the EU, which must be the subject of special attention, asserting our interests for balanced relations,” according to an official statement released late Sunday (9 August) Algeria and the EU created a free trade zone on 1 September 2005, as part of an…

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Turkey’s naval operations in the eastern Mediterranean are “extremely troubling”: EU

Turkey’s naval operations in the eastern Mediterranean are “extremely troubling”: EU

Turkey’s resumed search for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean is “extremely worrying”, the EU said Sunday (9 August) after Greece and Egypt set up an exclusive economic zone in the region. “Latest naval mobilisations in eastern Mediterranean… will lead to a greater antagonism and distrust,” foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said, calling the development “extremely worrying”. “Maritime boundaries must be defined through dialogue and negotiations, not through unilateral actions and mobilisation of naval forces,” Borrell said in a statement. The discovery of vast gas reserves in the region…

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EU Commission urges states to allow unmarried partners to travel, freeing them from travel restrictions

EU Commission urges states to allow unmarried partners to travel, freeing them from travel restrictions

The European Commission on Friday (7 August) urged member states to allow EU entry for unmarried partners of European citizens and residents by exempting them from travel restrictions targeting some countries. The external borders of the EU and the Schengen visa area — closed due to the coronavirus pandemic — have reopened since July to travelers from a restricted list of third countries. But for other countries, including the United States, all non-essential travel to the Union remains prohibited, with exceptions for EU citizens, residents and their families. Member states…

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World promises Lebanon 250 million euros to be delivered “directly” to the population

World promises Lebanon 250 million euros to be delivered “directly” to the population

World leaders on Sunday (9 August) pledged more than €250 million for disaster-struck Lebanon, conference host France said, with the emergency aid to be delivered “directly” to a population reeling from the deadly port blast in Beirut. Fifteen government leaders including US President Donald Trump took part in the virtual conference hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and the UN, pledging solidarity with the Lebanese people and promising to muster “major resources” in the coming days and weeks. A joint statement issued after the meeting in which representatives of nearly…

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Sharp fall in the number of job vacancies in Flanders

Sharp fall in the number of job vacancies in Flanders

The Flemish Employment Minister Hilde Crevits (Christian democrat) has told journalists that last month there was sharp fall in the number of job vacancies in our region. Last month the number of job vacancies on the books at the Flemish Employment and Vocational Service VDAB was well down on the number of vacancies in July 2019. The news of the sharp year-on-year decrease in July comes after the hopeful figures released for the month of June. In June VDAB had received as many new vacancies as had been the case…

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Antwerp announces curfew to get COVID-19 cases under control

Antwerp announces curfew to get COVID-19 cases under control

The people of Antwerp are going under curfew between 11.30 pm and 6.30 am as the city tries to get its COVID-19 numbers back under control. Over 70 per cent of cases in Belgium are now focused in the northern city. In restaurants here, the kitchens fell silent with the news. “There is nobody, we had only two people in this noon, this evening we are closing. We have more cancellations than reservations,” says Patrick Verheire, chef at Marcel Restaurant. The hospitality sector has been one of the hardest-hit by…

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Polestar 2 first drive: Why Tesla might not be the competition for this particular EV

Polestar 2 first drive: Why Tesla might not be the competition for this particular EV

Polestar, the one-time performance brand of Volvo, has now branched out on its own as a fully-fledged automaker. It took a big step forward in its mission to be a real player in the electric vehicle (EV) space, with the introduction of its latest offering, the Polestar 2. Now I was a fan of its first vehicle, the performance-hybrid Polestar 1, which is only being sold in minimum quantities in the U.S. at a price north of $150,000. The Polestar 1 got the brand [which is owned by China’s Geely…

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EU President Michelle travels to Beirut for a conference on Saturday

EU President Michelle travels to Beirut for a conference on Saturday

President of the European Council Charles Michel will head to Beirut on Saturday (8 August), ahead of a major donors conference to raise funds for the blast-damaged Lebanese capital Beirut. “Shocked and saddened, we stand with all those affected and will provide help,” Michel tweeted, announcing meetings with President Michel Aoun, parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Hassan Diab. After his trip, Michel will take part in a videoconference organised by French President Emmanuel Macron to gather support for rescue operations. Michel and the president of the commission, Ursula von…

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Brooks Koepka overcomes concerns about injuries to go down in history at the US PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka overcomes concerns about injuries to go down in history at the US PGA Championship

During various moments of this US PGA Championship’s second round, injury appeared the greatest danger to Brooks Koepka’s bid to make history. Koepka was seen flat on his back, undergoing physiotherapy treatment in scenes that raised fears over his very ability to complete this event. Beware the injured golfer, they say. By the time Koepka walked from Harding Park’s 18th green, he had just converted a birdie putt from 10ft after playing the shot of the day from a fairway bunker. A 68 moved Koepka to six under and within…

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