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Slovakia becomes 2nd European nation to impose lockdown
Brussels, Nov 25 (IANS) After Austria this week imposed a shutdown, Slovakia has become the second European country to go into lockdown as Covid-19 cases surge, the media reported.
2021-11-25
Category: International, Belgium,National,Health/Medicine
New Covid-19 measures enter into force in Belgium
Brussels, Nov 21 (IANS) New measures to curb the spike in Covid-19 infections approved by the Belgian authorities have entered into force, requiring the wearing of mask in areas where a Covid Safe Ticket (CST) is required.
2021-11-21
Category: International, Belgium,Health/Medicine
New defence strategy to help EU face situations like Belarus
Brussels, Nov 17 (IANS) The European Union's new defence strategy, called the Strategic Compass, is designed to prepare the bloc for response to situations such as the current migration crisis on the EU-Belarus border, the top EU diplomat has said.
2021-11-17
Category: International, Belgium,Defence/Security,Politics
No consensus on inviting Ukraine: NATO chief
Brussels, Nov 16 (IANS) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that member countries have not reached a consensus on inviting Ukraine to join the military alliance.
2021-11-16
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
European nations launch new measures to curb Covid resurgence
Brussels, Nov 16 (IANS) With Europe now the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic, countries across the continent are introducing new measures to curb the resurgence, including several curbs for unvaccinated people.
2021-11-16
Category: International, Belgium,Health/Medicine
EU ministers discuss surge in inflation, energy prices
Brussels, Nov 10 (IANS) Inflation in the eurozone will continue to increase in the coming months owing mainly to rising commodity and energy prices, but is expected to ease gradually in 2022, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said here on Tuesday.
2021-11-10
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU warns UK as talks stall over N.Ireland (Ld)
Brussels, Nov 6 (IANS) European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic on Friday warned of "serious consequences" if the UK sought to renegotiate the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.
2021-11-06
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
Europe struggles with sharp rise in Covid-19 infections despite vaccines
Brussels, Nov 6 (IANS) Europe is once again at the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic after 1.8 million new cases and 24,000 new deaths have been registered in the region last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
2021-11-06
Category: International, Belgium,Health/Medicine
EU warns London as talks stall over N. Ireland
Brussels, Nov 6 (IANS) European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic has warned of "serious consequences" if the United Kingdom (UK) sought to renegotiate the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.
2021-11-06
Category: International, Belgium,Diplomacy,Politics
Europe, Central Asia likely to see 500K Covid deaths by Feb: WHO
Brussels, Nov 4 (IANS) Even as Covid virus cases continue to mount in Europe and Central Asia, the regions are likely to see about 500,000 additional deaths before February 1, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
2021-11-04
Category: International, Belgium,Health/Medicine
Eurozone inflation highest since 2008 as energy prices soar
Brussels, Oct 30 (IANS) Eurozone inflation has surged to a record rate this month, reaching the highest level since 2008, as energy prices continued to soar, Eurostat, the European Union's (EU) statistics agency, said.
2021-10-30
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU top court fines Poland amid legal row
Brussels, Oct 28 (IANS) The top court of the European Union (EU) has fined Poland 1 million euros ($1.16 million) per day for ignoring a ruling of the bloc that called for the suspension of the country's Supreme Court disciplinary chamber.
2021-10-28
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU leaders endorse temporary measures to manage energy crisis
Brussels, Oct 23 (IANS) The leaders of the European Union (EU) member states have endorsed a package of measures to deal with the immediate effects of the spike in energy prices, the European Council said.
2021-10-23
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
NATO Ministers agree on defence plan, investment in innovation
Brussels, Oct 22 (IANS) NATO Defence Ministers have endorsed a plan to defend against potential attacks on multiple fronts and agreed to launch a billion dollar fund to finance new technologies.
2021-10-22
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
Merkel calls for dialogue with Poland at EU summit
Brussels, Oct 22 (IANS) Germany's outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called for dialogue between EU member states and Poland to settle a row over the rule of law issues.
2021-10-22
Category: International, Belgium,Diplomacy,Politics
NATO to seek ways to engage with Russia
Brussels, Oct 21 (IANS) Despite Russia's decision to suspend its mission to the NATO and to close the alliance's offices in its capital city, the Organization's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that it will continue seeking ways to engage with Moscow.
2021-10-21
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU ready to implement sanctions on Belarusian airline
Brussels, Oct 19 (IANS) The European Union (EU) is ready to implement sanctions against the national airline of Belarus in a bid to partially curb the flow of migrants entering the bloc, an official said here.
2021-10-19
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU's health commissioner warns of 'twindemic' of Covid, seasonal flu
Brussels, Oct 16 (IANS) As winter comes, the circulation of viruses that cause Covid-19 and seasonal influenza could possibly trigger a "twindemic", the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides warned on Friday.
2021-10-16
Category: International, Belgium,Health/Medicine
World Steel Association elects JSW Steel's Sajjan Jindal as Chairman
Brussels, Oct 13 (IANS) The World Steel Association (WSA) on Wednesday said that it has elected JSW Steel Chairman and Managing Director Sajjan Jindal as its Chairmanfor the 2021-22 period.
2021-10-13
Category: International, Belgium,Business/Economy
European lawmakers call upon nations to implement green recovery
Brussels, Oct 13 (IANS) Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, European lawmakers called upon the world to implement a green recovery and increase their 2030 climate targets.
2021-10-13
Category: International, Belgium,Environment/Wildlife
Poland's ruling for Constitution's supremacy over EU law raises concerns
Brussels, Oct 9 (IANS) Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, has expressed concerns after a court in Poland ruled that the country's Constitution was above the European Union (EU) law.
2021-10-09
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU Commissioner against using funds to build external border fences
Brussels, Oct 9 (IANS) European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson said that she did not support the use of EU funds for member states to build fences to protect the bloc's external borders.
2021-10-09
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU vows to fix UK-France fishing row
Brussels, Oct 7 (IANS) The European Commission aims to make sure that French fishermen will be issued licenses needed for them to continue to operate in the territorial waters of the UK and France, a Commission spokesperson said as tensions mount between London and Paris over the matter.
2021-10-07
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
Members of European Parliament question EU-US relationship
Brussels, Oct 6 (IANS) The relations between the European Union (EU) and the US have come under fire as some members of the European Parliament (MEPs) urged the union to reposition itself with increased autonomy.
2021-10-06
Category: International, Belgium,Diplomacy,Politics
EU postpones trade talks with Australia
Brussels, Oct 2 (IANS) The European Commission has postponed its free trade negotiations with Australia for a month, a spokesperson of the EU executive said here on Friday.
2021-10-02
Category: International, Belgium,Diplomacy,Business/Economy
Eurozone inflation hits 13-year high of 3.4%
Brussels, Oct 2 (IANS) Eurozone inflation accelerated to 3.4 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) in September, reaching a 13-year high, according to a flash estimate published on Friday by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU).
2021-10-02
Category: International, Belgium,Business/Economy
1st EU-US Trade & Tech Council meeting in limbo
Brussels, Sep 24 (IANS) The first meeting of the Trade and Technology Council (TTC), set up by the US and the European Union (EU) during their summit in June to coordinate approaches to key global trade, economic and technology issues, remains suspended despite signs of reconciliation in transatlantic relations, according to a spokesperson of the bloc.
2021-09-24
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU plans to make common charger mandatory for all smartphones
Brussels, Sep 24 (IANS) The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), has announced plans for smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices in an effort to reduce waste.
2021-09-24
Category: International, Belgium,Technology
EU analysing AUKUS deal's impact on trade talks with Aus
Brussels, Sep 21 (IANS) The European Union (EU) is currently analysing the impact the new security partnership between Australia, the UK and the US, dubbed AUKUS, on the next round of its trade negotiations with Canberra, a spokesperson for the bloc said here.
2021-09-21
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
Belgium to relax mask mandate from Oct 1
Brussels, Sep 18 (IANS) Belgium's Consultation Committee made up of the federal government and the governments of the federated entities have decided to relax the mandate to wear facemasks, including dining venues and shops, from October 1.
2021-09-18
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
Australia, New Zealand replaced in Indoor Hockey World Cup 2022
Liege (Belgium), Sep 18 (IANS) Hockey Australia and Hockey New Zealand have been replaced by Namibia and USA (Men) as well as Canada and South Africa (Women) in the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup Belgium 2022, which will be held here from February 2-6 next year, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced.
2021-09-18
Category: International, Belgium,Sports,Hockey
EU announces new Indo-Pacific strategy
Brussels, Sep 17 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has unveiled a new strategy for enhancing its economic, political and defence existence in the Indo-Pacific region, vowing to cooperate with all members in the region without seeking confrontation.
2021-09-17
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
European Commission launches health emergency response authority
Brussels, Sep 17 (IANS) A new health authority was launched to reinforce the European Union's (EU) capacity to respond to health emergencies.
2021-09-17
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
Champions League: Messi, Neymar fail; Mbappe injured as PSG held to draw
Brugge (Belgium), Sep 16 (IANS) Lionel Messi's first UEFA Champions League match for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) did not produce the desired result as the star-studded French club were held 1-1 by modest Belgium Champions Club Brugge in a Group A clash.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Belgium,Sports,Football
'EU economy rebounding but not yet out of danger'
Brussels, Sep 11 (IANS) Despite a stronger than expected second quarter, the European Union (EU) must remain vigilant about the Covid-19 pandemic and potential supply bottlenecks, European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni said.
2021-09-11
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
Retail trade, services in EU severely hit by Covid
Brussels, Sep 7 (IANS) The Covid-19 pandemic has posed a major impact on retail trade and the demand for services in the European Union (EU) as many countries mandated the closure of retail shops while bars and restaurants had to spend several months with chairs stacked on tables and shutters closed.
2021-09-07
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
All-round Devine propels New Zealand to a series-levelling win
Hove (England), Sep 5 (IANS) New Zealand captain Sophie Devine made her 100th T20I appearance memorable with an all-round performance to secure a four-wicket win against England at Hove. New Zealand's win in the second T20I means the series is levelled at 1-1. Sophie first claimed 2/28 from four overs before smashing a half-century off 41 balls to lead a successful chase of 128.
2021-09-05
Category: International, Belgium,Sports,Cricket
EU agree to re-establish joint presence in Kabul
Brussels, Sep 4 (IANS) Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) have agreed to re-establish a joint presence in Kabul to ensure the safe departure of the bloc's nationals and Afghans who are considered at risk and who could be received by member states, a top diplomat said.
2021-09-04
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU FMs set conditions for engagement with Taliban
Brussels, Sep 4 (IANS) Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) have set five conditions on which the bloc will engage in cooperation with the Taliban in Afghanistan, a top official said.
2021-09-04
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU, AstraZeneca reach agreement on Covid vaccine supply dispute
Brussels, Sep 4 (IANS) The European Union (EU) and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca have reached an agreement after a dispute on Covid-19 vaccine delivery schedules, announced a spokesperson here on Friday.
2021-09-04
Category: International, Belgium,Health/Medicine
EU FMs discuss coordinated engagement with Taliban
Brussels, Sep 3 (IANS) In a debate on Afghanistan, Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) discussed how to engage with the Taliban, in particular humanitarian aid and a possible tide of Afghan refugees.
2021-09-03
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU to step up cooperation with Afghanistan's neighbours
Brussels, Aug 31 (IANS) The European Union (EU) intends to increase cooperation with Afghanistan's neighbours to help them cope better with the consequences of the Afghan crisis, a top official said here.
2021-08-31
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU removes US from safe travel list due to Covid surge
Brussels, Aug 31 (IANS) The Council of the European Union (EU) has recommended that member states of the bloc reintroduce restrictions on travellers from the US due to a Covid-19 resurgence.
2021-08-31
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
Verstappen awarded win in rain-affected F1 Belgian GP
Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Aug 30 (IANS) Red Bull's Max Verstappen was classified as the winner of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix, in which torrential rain prevented any racing laps from taking place.
2021-08-30
Category: International, Belgium,Sports,Motorsports
'G7 leaders agree it is moral duty to help Afghans'
Brussels, Aug 25 (IANS) European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that G7 leaders agreed that it was their collective "moral duty" to help the Afghan people amid the current situation in the war-torn country following the Taliban takeover.
2021-08-25
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
EU to allocate $236mn in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan
Brussels, Aug 25 (IANS) The European Union (EU) will increase its humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to more than 200 million euros ($236 million), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced.
2021-08-25
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
'Instability in Afghanistan likely to lead to increased migratory pressure'
Brussels, Aug 19 (IANS) The instability in Afghanistan is likely to lead to an increased migratory pressure, and the European Union (EU) is preparing for all scenarios, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson said.
2021-08-19
Category: International, Belgium,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Lessons need to be learned from Afghanistan: NATO chief
Brussels, Aug 18 (IANS) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should make an honest assessment of what led to the "swift and sudden" collapse of the Afghan government and armed forces against the Taliban, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.
2021-08-18
Category: International, Belgium,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Wildfires rage as heatwave hits Southern Europe
Brussels, Aug 14 (IANS) A heatwave, the worst in a decade, is sweeping across Southern Europe, triggering raging wildfires in several countries.
2021-08-14
Category: International, Belgium,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Covid health pass new norm for accessing public venues in EU
Brussels, Aug 8 (IANS) In order to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and in particular the spread of the Delta variant, European countries are introducing new measures such as requiring the health pass to access public places and making vaccination mandatory for certain professions.
2021-08-08
Category: International, Belgium,Politics