The EU is more than a treaty, P.M. Michel says in response to N-VA’s De Wever

The EU is more than a treaty, P.M. Michel says in response to N-VA’s De Wever

“The European Union is much more than a treaty,” Prime Minister Charles Michel explained on Thursday in response to views on Europe expressed by New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) president Bart De Wever, in “Tijd” newspaper. “The European Union is barely a treaty,” De Wever had written on Wednesday in a letter to the editor in which he praised Edmund Burke, the Irish philosopher considered the father of political conservatism. “Europe was not invented after World War II. It has a long, rich history,” he added. According to the Flemish nationalist,…

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EU tells Iran it will try to protect firms from US sanctions

EU tells Iran it will try to protect firms from US sanctions

Tehran is given assurances that European governments will seek to protect companies doing business in Iran from the resumption of us sanctions, as foreign Ministers are preparing to meet in Brussels to save the nuclear deal. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, met Federica Mogherini, the EU external affairs chief, on Tuesday morning and will meet the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK – the three European signatories to the deal – in the evening. Iran wants assurances that EU trade with Iran will continue to grow, despite…

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The Ukrainian Pharma queen Ludmila Bezpalko steps down to avoid investigations

The Ukrainian Pharma queen Ludmila Bezpalko steps down to avoid investigations

February 2018 saw one of the most notorious generals of the Ukrainian pharmaceutical industry Ludmila Bezpalko, 71 step down as a CEO of Borschahivskiy pharmaceutical plant. Mrs. Bezpalko qualifies to be a typical post-soviet robber baroness – the so called “red director” – a Soviet era industrial manager, who via various questionable ways ended up to own the industrial enterprise she managed. As many “red directors” do, Ludmila Bezpalkois loves her employees with that typical love of a lord to her serfs. She would be remembered as one of the…

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Textbooks in the Grand mosque of Brussels promote Jihad among future imams

Textbooks in the Grand mosque of Brussels promote Jihad among future imams

The training of imams in Arabic at the Islamic and cultural centre of Belgium, which houses the Grand mosque of Brussels, is now encouraging followers to join the armed Jihad. They are also being encouraged to persecute homosexuals and to hold anti-Semitic views. The conclusions emerged in a report by the Coordination Unit for Threat Analysis (“OCAM”), exposed on Wednesday in La Libre, DH, the Sudpresse publications and De Standaard, as well as the RTL-TVI television channel. The analysis covers the academic year 2016 to 2017, and was recently submitted…

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due to traffic jams in Brussels, passengers lose 25% more time

due to traffic jams in Brussels, passengers lose 25% more time

Public transport vehicles carry an average time loss of 25% due to traffic jams in Brussels, according to a study on the availability of poles of activity conducted by Kevin Lebrun, doctor of geography at the free University of Brussels and researcher at the University of Saint Louis. The analysis, published by Brussels Studies, is based on the observation that the time-loss problems are exacerbated by sustained demographic growth, which increases the demand for transport, and by commuting distances. According to the study, there is room, in internal travel within…

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King albert II successfully underwent heart operation

King albert II successfully underwent heart operation

King albert II successfully underwent heart surgery on April 30 at the University of St. Luke’s hospital in Brussels (UCL). The 83-year-old former monarch, who had his aortic valve replaced, has already returned to his Belvédère Castle residence, where he will continue his convalescence, the Royal Palace stated on Wednesday in a press release. Albert II has been suffering for years from coronary disease and had already undergone a quadruple bypass to correct this problem. A recent cardiological check-up “showed, however, that the coronary artery disease had progressed” and that…

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New rules for passing the theory driving license exam in Brussels

New rules for passing the theory driving license exam in Brussels

Concretely,only the rating system has undergone major changes, not the test itself. Candidates will not be able to make more than one serious error and have to reach a minimum of 41 points out of 50. There will be fifty questions asked, but a serious error will automatically result in the loss of five points, while a “light” error is synonymous with one lost point. A similar system is already applicable in Flanders and Wallonia. In the Brussels Region, it will be possible to take the theoretical exam in Dutch…

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Belgium’s governments agree on budgetary roadmap

Belgium’s governments agree on budgetary roadmap

Belgium’s Federal Government and federated entities reached agreement on the 2018-2021 Stability Programme on Friday, for the first time since the budgetary roadmap, updated each year by late April at the European Commission, became binding in 2013. “It’s a first and a positive first: the Federal State and the Federated Entities agreed on a joint budgetary trajectory to present to Europe,” Federal Minister of Budget Sophie Wilmès said in a press release. “It’s a beautiful victory for federal cooperation. It is proof that with effort and will, the Belgian model…

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Nuclear phase-out: subsidies for electricity producers

Nuclear phase-out: subsidies for electricity producers

Belgium’s Federal Energy Minister plans to grant subsidies to all electricity producers as part of efforts to encourage the energy sector to increase its non-nuclear thermal production capacity by supporting investors, according to a draft law that Le Soir newspaper was able to consult. Under the bill, a capacity remuneration mechanism (CRM) would be established in 2020 to support primarily gas-production plants since “at least 3,600 Mw” of additional thermal capacity needs to be installed to offset the closure of the Doel and Tihange nuclear plants, the Elia electricity utility…

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Stib workers on strike following attack on controllers

Stib workers on strike following attack on controllers

Workers at the Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company, STIB, went on an “emotional” strike on Monday morning after three controllers were aggressed the night before at about 8.30 in the Peterbos area in Anderlecht, the transport company confirmed. The STIB officials were checking tickets and passes in a bus when one young man refused to comply. He was quickly joined by others, who encircled the controllers and dealt them several blows. “One of the controllers was struck in the temple and another just above the eye, which had to be stitched,”…

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