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Oct 3, 2015

Volkswagen starts telling customers if affected by emissions scandal

BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Two weeks after it admitted to cheating diesel emissions tests, Volkswagen provided the first information on Friday allowing customers to find out if their vehicles are affected.

The German carmaker, which has said it will have to refit up to 11 million cars and vans containing illegal software, rolled out a website page that tells owners who input data about their vehicles whether they will have to bring them into the garage.

Oct 2, 2015

Volkswagen in race to detail refit plan within a week

BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Volkswagen is under pressure to give details within the next week of its plan to refit up to 11 million diesel vehicles, with its U.S. chief due to testify to lawmakers on Thursday and German regulators also demanding swift action.

The German carmaker needs to fix software that allowed it to cheat emissions tests, the discovery of which has sparked the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history.

Oct 1, 2015

European automakers ask policymakers for time on emissions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European carmakers have asked EU policymakers not to over react following the scandal over Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) emissions tests, saying the industry needs until 2019 to meet fully some new pollution limits.

Volkswagen has admitted cheating in diesel emissions tests in the United States and Germany’s transport minister says it also manipulated them in Europe, where it sells about 40 percent of its vehicles.

Oct 1, 2015

Belgium’s state-run pawn shop invests for the future

BRUSSELS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Whether it’s a diamond ring, a
designer watch or a first edition of a Tintin cartoon, every one
of the rising number of lots to go under the hammer in the
auction room of Belgium’s oldest financial institution tells a
poignant tale.

Even the auctioneer says he feels the pain of the reluctant
seller, who has parted with a prized possession to pay a medical
bill, finance a school trip or, in extreme cases, to buy food.

Sep 30, 2015

China ‘highly polluting project’ decision to spur coal subsidy talks

BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, Sept 30 (Reuters) – China’s promise to
curb public funding of “highly polluting projects” has isolated
Japan and increased the pressure to close a deal to phase-out
coal export subsidies after months of wrangling.

The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development has been hosting talks on the issue since last year.

Sep 29, 2015

Boomers leave generation’s imprint on the U.S. landscape

THE VILLAGES, Florida (Reuters) – U.S. baby boomers have been on the planet for nearly 70 years, long enough to reshape almost every aspect of American life. Rock culture, consumerism and political activism are part of their legacy.

So too are the lasting changes they’ve made to the landscape.

The modern American suburb was carved out of the unspoiled countryside around established cities to serve as the boomer nursery. As many boomers remained there to raise their own families, suburbs sprawled outward exponentially, plowing under the forests, farmland and natural habitats and covering the land with asphalt and lawn turf.

Sep 28, 2015

New report shows chasm between car test results and real world

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – New European cars are spewing out on average 40 percent more carbon dioxide than laboratory tests show, an environmental campaign group said on Monday, saying Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests was only part of much wider cheating.

Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s biggest carmaker, has admitted using software known as a defeat device to ensure it passed U.S. testing for nitrogen oxides and said 11 million of its cars had been fitted with it.

Sep 25, 2015

Ukraine gas supply talks end with tentative deal, no signature

BRUSSELS/MOSCOW, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Russia, Ukraine and the
European Commission initialled but failed to sign a deal on
Friday to secure winter gas supplies for Kiev.

Tensions between Russia, Europe’s biggest gas supplier, and
Ukraine, the main transit route to the EU, have been high since
Moscow’s seizure of Crimea in March 2014.

Sep 25, 2015

EU ‘zero tolerance’ following VW scandal seen hard to deliver

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The scandal over Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) cheating in pollution tests has stung EU regulators into a promise of zero tolerance of emissions fraud and a scramble to tighten regulation, but some officials doubt this will be easy to achieve.

Within the EU’s executive commission, officials said there was now more momentum to tackle a deep-rooted problem that has attracted global attention.

Sep 25, 2015

High-level EU gas talks on Friday could seal Ukraine supply deal

BRUSSELS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – High-level talks in Brussels
between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission are expected
to clinch a deal late on Friday to secure winter gas supplies
for Ukraine.

Tensions between Russia, Europe’s biggest gas supplier, and
Ukraine, the main transit route to the EU, have been high since
Moscow’s seizure of Crimea in March 2014.