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May 28, 2015

Steel body Eurofer files EU complaint over Italy steel aid

BRUSSELS, May 28 (Reuters) – European steel association
Eurofer filed a formal complaint on Thursday at the European
Commission against what it said was illegal state aid for
Italian steelmaker Ilva.

Eurofer said that about 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion)
allocated to Ilva by the Italian authorities is not compatible
with European Union regulations.

May 27, 2015

Give England 2018 World Cup, urges Lennart Johansson

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Lennart Johansson, former president of European football’s governing body UEFA, says the decision to award the World Cup to Russia and Qatar must now be reviewed in the light of the latest corruption allegations.

Johansson, who lost the 1998 FIFA presidential election to Sepp Blatter, would like to see the 2018 finals played in England instead of Russia, with a new process also to choose the host of the 2022 tournament, currently set for Qatar.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-Ghent end 115-year wait for Belgian championship crown

BRUSSELS, May 21 (Reuters) – Ghent ended their 115-year wait for the Belgian league title on Thursday with a 2-0 victory over Standard Liege that secured a place in next season’s Champions League.

The club, nicknamed the Buffalos, reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1992 and have won three Belgian Cups, but never the league.

May 20, 2015

Soccer-Ghent “Buffalos” on verge of first Belgian title

BRUSSELS, May 20 (Reuters) – KAA Ghent are a victory away from winning their first Belgian championship and in doing so will break the 17-year stranglehold of the league’s traditional top four.

Ghent, who have won three Belgian Cups and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1992, are bearing the fruit of a move two years ago to Belgium’s newest stadium and an overhaul of coaches and players at the start of the season.

May 11, 2015

EU plans mandatory system for relocating refugees: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission plans legislation by the end of the year that would oblige EU nations to share the burden of housing immigrants, with binding quotas based on criteria such as economic health and population.

The EU executive will ask member states by the end of this month to back an emergency relocation of refugees who have already arrived.

May 7, 2015

Heineken sharpens sales techniques to target undecided drinkers

BRUSSELS, May 7 (Reuters) – Heineken plans to
replicate its most successful sales techniques across the world
as the beer industry battles for the third of drinkers who only
chose a product after arriving at a bar or store.

New chief commercial officer Jan Derck van Karnebeek told
Reuters the world’s No.3 brewer by volume — like its rivals –
already had common practices across its breweries, but that
sales techniques had tended to vary from region to region.

May 6, 2015

Anheuser-Busch InBev raises profit despite sharply lower U.S. beer sales

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.BR: Quote, Profile, Research), the world’s largest brewer, increased profit by slightly more than expected as price hikes and premium lagers made up for sharply lower beer sales to U.S. wholesalers.

Overall volumes declined by 1.2 percent, principally due to a 6.0 percent fall in sales to wholesalers in the United States. This was because of a large ramp up in those sales a year earlier to build inventories ahead of union negotiations.

May 6, 2015

AB InBev raises profit despite sharply lower U.S. beer sales

BRUSSELS, May 6 (Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch InBev,
the world’s largest brewer, increased profit by slightly more
than expected as price hikes and premium lagers made up for
sharply lower beer sales to U.S. wholesalers.

Overall volumes declined by 1.2 percent, principally due to
a 6.0 percent fall in sales to wholesalers in the United States.
This was because of a large ramp up in those sales a year
earlier to build inventories ahead of union negotiations.

Apr 30, 2015

Euro zone exits deflation – just

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The euro zone ended four months of deflation in April with consumer prices unchanged from year-ago levels, removing the threat of persistent price declines as energy costs pushed up in the month.

Consumer prices in the 19 countries that share the euro were flat in April from a year earlier after a 0.1 percent decline in March, the European Union’s statistics office Eurostat estimated.

Apr 28, 2015

EU solar producers launch new action against Chinese rivals

BRUSSELS, April 28 (Reuters) – A group of European solar
panel producers has lodged a new complaint with EU regulators,
accusing Chinese rivals of trying to evade import tariffs by
shipping their products via third countries.

The European Commission set in place in 2013 an arrangement
allowing Chinese manufacturers to sell into the EU a limited
number of solar panels, wafers and cells at a minimum price,
following a complaint from the European group, EU ProSun.

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      "I am responsible for Reuters news out of Belgium and Luxembourg, which has led to many long nights outside parliament in Brussels awaiting news of fraught coalition talks and state bailouts of Belgian banks. I have previously worked in London, Amsterdam, where my work included consumer electronics group Philips and the Lockerbie trial, and Berlin, where I covered the Hamburg trials of suspected September 11 conspirators."
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