EU economic confidence falls again

EU economic confidence falls again

The economic confidence of consumers and businesses in the European Union fell sharply again in september due to concerns about high inflation, the energy crisis and a recession. This was reported by the European Commission on the basis of its confidence index. Economic sentiment in the eurozone has also deteriorated. The Commission speaks of a significant deterioration in sentiment in all business sectors, namely industry, retail, services and construction. There was also another strikingly sharp drop in consumer confidence to a new low, says the commission. For example, the Central…

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The next gold is butter

The next gold is butter

In the European Union, consumer prices of dairy products have risen significantly. The level of increase varies considerably between member states. The countries that stand out the most are Germany and France. Where prices rise the most in Germany, inflation lags behind in France. Dutch dairy prices are rising faster than the European average. The rise in the price of cheese (19.1%) will be particularly noticeable in the Netherlands, as half of all Dutch milk is processed into cheese. Of all dairy products, the price of butter is rising the…

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196 euros per month to compensate the energy bills: Belgium’s answer for energy crisis

196 euros per month to compensate the energy bills: Belgium’s answer for energy crisis

Belgium comes with a comprehensive support package to cope with increased energy bills for citizens and businesses. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo announced this on Friday. In the months of November and December, families receive, among other things, an allowance of 135 euros per month for gas and 61 euros for electricity. For the higher incomes, the surcharge does not apply, although they do receive a tax advantage. Families who still have an advantageous energy contract are also excluded from the scheme. The Belgian government has already taken several…

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Water level of major rivers falls again after short upswing

Water level of major rivers falls again after short upswing

The water level in the major rivers is falling again this week, after there have been two small discharge peaks. The Rhine at Lobith drains almost 883 cubic meters of water per second on Monday. Rijkswaterstaat expects the discharge this week to drop to around 800 cubic meters per second or even below that, depending on the rain that may fall. Such low drains have almost never occurred. Therefore, many restrictions continue to apply to commercial shipping. Due to heavy showers in Switzerland and Germany, in the Rhine Basin, the…

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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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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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Polio virus in London sewers raises questions in Europe

Polio virus in London sewers raises questions in Europe

Now that polio has been found in London’s sewage, British public health services are launching a vaccination campaign for children. In Belgium, the investigation of sewage is still running roughshod. Health experts have said that it will keep waste water under monitoring after the detection of poliovirus in London – but added there was no immediate threat to Scottish youngsters. Public Health Scotland (PHS) has been working with NHS boards on a precautionary basis to ensure optimal vaccine coverage and protection against polio and advising the public to ensure polio…

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EU countries do poker face, while the fight for gas is imminent

EU countries do poker face, while the fight for gas is imminent

If the German economy is in trouble because of a Russian gas deficit, how much does Belgium share in the blows? That will come in handy. However, much depends on the imminent fight for energy in Europe. The Belgian and German economies are closely intertwined. A nice illustration is the ethylene pipeline between the two countries. It connects the Antwerp chemical cluster with the German Ruhr area, and runs through a branch to Ludwigshafen, the home of the German chemical giant BASF. But whether problems in German chemistry – for…

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Second-generation migrants are worried about possible conflict between law and religion

Second-generation migrants are worried about possible conflict between law and religion

In Flanders, 9 percent of second-generation citizens from outside the EU believe that the law may be violated in the event of a conflict between law and religion. It is striking that the group in the second generation is even slightly larger than in the first generation (8.5 percent). The difference is even greater in Brussels. 13.2 percent of the second generation think that the law may be broken in such a case, compared to 7.6 percent of the first generation. There are also Flemish and Brussels residents of Belgian…

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Even Belgium is against Brussels’ plan to ditch natural gas

Even Belgium is against Brussels’ plan to ditch natural gas

Belgium does not agree with the European proposal to reduce gas consumption by 15 percent in the coming months. The European energy ministers will soon meet in Brussels, where they will normally give the green light to the European Commission’s plan. Europe’s intention is to better prepare all member states for winter, if Russia were to shut off the gas tap altogether. The Commission is calling on member states to reduce gas consumption by 15% for eight months from 1 August. This proposal came quite suddenly, and soon there was…

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