An unequal market: Brexit, coronavirus, and the economic crash buffet Britain’s housing market

An unequal market: Brexit, coronavirus, and the economic crash buffet Britain’s housing market

Even as the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier stressed the bloc’s willingness to compromise to reach a deal with London, Boris Johnson’s earlier insistence on letting his country crash out of the EU still seems like the most probable option. If Johnson sticks to his words, the decision will sow chaos through the delicate supply chains that stretch across Britain, the EU and beyond, just as the economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic worsens. With the end of the year quickly approaching, the British government has shown little interest…

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Belgium fined €2 million over taxation of rental income

Belgium fined €2 million over taxation of rental income

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ordered the Belgian state to pay a fine of €2 million for ignoring a 2018 judgement on the taxation of rental income. The original case dealt with the way Belgium taxes income from property rental differently depending on whether the property is situated in Belgium or in another member state of the EU. Belgium is the only member state of the union that does not tax rental income on the basis of the amount of money received, but rather on the cadastral income…

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Spain to require negative Covid-19 test for Belgian travellers

Spain to require negative Covid-19 test for Belgian travellers

A negative coronavirus test will soon be mandatory for travellers heading into Spain from Belgium after the latter was listed as one of several high-risk destinations by Madrid. From 23 November, access to Spain through an airport or a port will be granted only to passengers who obtain a negative result on a coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of arrival in the country. The Spanish Ministry of Health announced the new measure on Wednesday and said that it will apply to all high-risk countries on the basis of the…

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Mummified corpse found in Antwerp apartment

Mummified corpse found in Antwerp apartment

Authorities in Antwerp have opened an investigation after a mummified body has been found inside an apartment closet. The mummified corpse was identified as a that of a woman in her sixties named Monique V.P., whose body officials believe remained inside the closet for up to three years, according to reports on Thursday. The woman’s death was announced in 2017 by her Rita V.H.,62, who has been identified as her partner by Flemish media and shared a flat with her in Kommekensstraat, in central Antwerp. While V.H. had said ta…

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