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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