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Apr 30, 2014

Soccer-World-Belgium coach Wilmots rises from fallback to favourite

BRUSSELS, April 30 (Reuters) – Few warmed to the idea of inexperienced Marc Wilmots taking charge of Belgium in 2012. Two years later, the football association and fans were begging him to stay.

His status as a player is unquestioned, appearing in three World Cups in 1994, 1998 and 2002, making eight appearances and scoring five goals. He also captained the side in 2002, the last time Belgium appeared at a major championship.

Apr 29, 2014

Belgium should avoid new world record of post-election crisis

BRUSSELS, April 29 (Reuters) – Temuraz Sadoyan has no strong
view on whether Belgium should split, but he is clear about what
he wants from a future federal government after a May 25

“Tax is the number one issue for me. I’m self-employed, but
most of my time I’m effectively working for the state,” said
Sadoyan, who came to Belgium 21 years ago from Georgia and now
lives in Asse, a town in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders.

Apr 27, 2014

Fed may offer clues on rate timing conundrum

BRUSSELS, April 27 (Reuters) – U.S. policymakers have the
chance this week to give clearer guidance on the future path of
interest rates and settle markets that are uncertain over how
and when a hike would occur.

Global financial markets are still on alert for developments
in Ukraine, with the United States and its G7 partners preparing
tougher sanctions against Russia.

Apr 27, 2014

Congestion capital Brussels looks to unclog traffic arteries

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – For two years running, Brussels has been named the most congested city in North America and western Europe, a mark of shame for the capital that guides Europe’s environment and transport policies.

The disgrace has, however, had the effect of uniting Belgium’s environmentalist Green Party, center-right rivals N-VA and business and motoring groups in a call for a solution whose time may finally have come – charging drivers for distance traveled. Tests have already begun.

Apr 24, 2014

Heineken’s African boost tempered by Asia, Russia

BRUSSELS, April 24 (Reuters) – Heineken, the
world’s third largest brewer, sold more beer in the first three
months of 2014, with a pick-up in Africa, the Americas and some
of Europe partly offset by a flat Asia and weakness in Russia.

The brewer of Europe’s best-selling Heineken lager, Sol,
Tiger and Strongbow cider said on Thursday it was encouraged by
a positive start to the year in Africa and the Americas and its
sharper European business.

Apr 4, 2014
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Belgian Trappist monks overwhelmed by their “world’s best beer” tag


(Two glasses of Trappist Westvleteren beer are seen at the brewery in Westvleteren February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)

Having a beer rated as the world’s best and selling out in minutes should be a brewer’s dream, but for the Trappists who brew Westvleteren ale at a monastery in western Belgium it seems more of a burden.

Apr 4, 2014

Belgian Trappists overwhelmed by world’s best beer tag

WESTVLETEREN, Belgium, April 4 (Reuters) – Having a beer
rated as the world’s best and selling out in minutes should be a
brewer’s dream, but for the Trappists who brew Westvleteren ale
at a monastery in western Belgium it seems more of a burden.

Monks at the Sint Sixtus abbey have been selling to locals
since 1878, limiting production so that brewing never took over
monastic life or earned more than the community needed.

Mar 31, 2014

Snam, Fluxys to pool assets in European gas pipeline drive

MILAN/BRUSSELS, March 31 (Reuters) – Italy’s Snam
and Belgium’s Fluxys have agreed to extend a joint
venture to pool gas assets in Europe that could help create a
more unified gas market across the continent and make it easier
to trade gas.

The move comes at a time when Europe is increasing efforts
to reduce its dependence on Russian gas after Moscow’s
annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region raised the spectre of
possible pipeline interruptions.

Mar 31, 2014

Euro zone inflation drops to lowest since 2009

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Euro zone inflation hit its lowest level since November 2009 in March, a shock drop that raises expectations the European Central Bank will take radical action to stop the threat of deflation in currency bloc.

Annual consumer inflation in the 18 countries sharing the euro was 0.5 percent in March, with the pace of price rises cooling from February’s 0.7 percent reading, the EU’s statistics office Eurostat said on Monday.

Mar 30, 2014

ECB wrestles with ‘danger zone’ inflation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Central Bank’s dilemma over barely rising prices seems likely to dominate a week starting with a euro zone inflation estimate and ending with U.S. jobs figures, the monetary policy driver on the other side of the Atlantic.

After more than a month of East-West tensions centered on Russia’s annexation of Crimea, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin finally spoke to each other on Friday, suggesting a possible diplomatic path out of crisis.

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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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