European Central Bank considers substantial interest rate increase against inflation

European Central Bank considers substantial interest rate increase against inflation

European central bankers are considering raising interest rates faster to tackle high inflation. This is what President Knot of De Nederlandsche Bank says in an interview with the NOS. He calls for an increase of at least 0.5 percentage points and possibly even 0.75 percentage points in September. “The inflation problem in Europe at the moment is so great that I think our task is to raise interest rates every six weeks until the inflation picture stabilizes around 2 percent,” says Knot. Inflation in the eurozone averaged 9.8 percent in…

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Netherlands await a new wave of asylum seekers

Netherlands await a new wave of asylum seekers

Municipalities must House a total of 20,000 status holders this autumn. In the coming years, the government wants to allocate more than 730 million euros for various projects to combat the reception crisis, such as emergency care, housing, flexible housing, integration and the approach to nuisants. There will be no asylum stop for the time being, but the Cabinet is still hatching restrictions on the influx. This is shown by a draft agreement between the cabinet and municipalities in the hands of the political editors of RTL Nieuws. The administrative…

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More than a million people died from COVID-related causes this year

More than a million people died from COVID-related causes this year

In 2022, more than a million Corona deaths have been registered so far. This week, that line has been crossed, says director Tedros of the World Health Organization (WHO). He calls on governments to do more to fight corona. “We cannot say that we are learning to live with the coronavirus when a million people have died this year alone,” says Tedros. According to him, 2.5 years after the start of the Pandemic, there are enough funds to prevent deaths. In total, the number of Corona deaths registered worldwide stands…

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One million Russians visited Europe after the war with Ukraine erupted

One million Russians visited Europe after the war with Ukraine erupted

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, almost 1 million Russians have traveled to EU countries, the European Border Protection Agency Frontex reports. The figures come at a time when discussions are raging in several member states about whether or not to allow Russian tourists. Some EU countries single-handedly restrict the issuance of visas to Russians, but for now it concerns a small part of the countries including the Baltic countries and the Czech Republic. Finland wants to introduce restrictions from next month. Denmark wants to see if the European…

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The monkey pox outbreak seems to be under control

The monkey pox outbreak seems to be under control

The rise of the monkey pox virus in Belgium seems to be halting. The Belgian health authority even takes into account that the epidemic is on its way back. It is still unclear whether the development is due to the vaccinations against the virus, says Health Institute Sciensano. The vaccine helps get the virus under control, but does not prevent every infection. More than a thousand Belgians have now been vaccinated who are at extra risk of the virus. “The monkey pox epidemic seems to be more or less stabilizing,”…

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Starlink reduces prices in the Netherlands and Belgium

Starlink reduces prices in the Netherlands and Belgium

Satellite internet provider Starlink is reducing subscription prices in the Netherlands and Belgium. Customers in the Netherlands now pay 85 euros and in Belgium customers pay 80 euros per month. That was 99 euros per month in both countries. Several customers report to Tweakers that they have received an email from the service about the price reduction. The new tariffs can already be seen on the Starlink website. If you enter an address in the Netherlands, you will see a subscription fee of 85 euros; for Belgian addresses, that is…

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Half of Europe affected by severe drought

Half of Europe affected by severe drought

Almost half of Europe is affected by drought. This is according to a report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. According to the report, by August 10, 47 percent of the European territory had reached a drought warning level. For 17 percent of the regions surveyed, the alert level applies, in which vegetation and crops are severely weakened due to a lack of water. According to the report, conditions are deteriorating especially in the regions that already faced drought in the spring of 2022, such as Northern Italy, southeastern…

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Gasoline again below 2 euros and drops a little further

Gasoline again below 2 euros and drops a little further

Refueling with gasoline for less than 2 euros per liter is again possible in numerous places. And the price will continue to fall for a while. But the reduction in excise duty remains necessary. The price of crude oil has been falling steadily for more than 2.5 weeks, according to fuel expert Paul van Selms of United Consumers, the decline in the price of gasoline will continue for a while. “Maybe even 5 cents. But it’s uncertain. For example, if China blocks Taiwan, to name just one example, the price…

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Coal trains are now a priority in Germany

Coal trains are now a priority in Germany

The German government plans to soon give priority to coal trains on the German rail network, rather than passenger trains. With the plan, the government wants to counteract the energy crisis the country is facing, reports the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. The newspaper is based on a bill. As a rule, the priority is on the German rail network in transporting passengers, and the timetables have been adjusted accordingly. The bill therefore states that the introduction of the plan threatens to create chaos on the tracks. Germany has fallen…

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Data security laws are the new arena of international competition

Data security laws are the new arena of international competition

The US Cloud Act has a major impact on European companies and cloud providers, even if they do not have an establishment in the US. To avoid hassle, affected cloud companies should always process data through a non-US company. This is written by the Amsterdam law firm Greenberg Traurig on the basis of a study commissioned by the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), part of the Ministry of Justice and security. The agency outlines in detail what steps European companies should take in order not to be bothered by the…

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