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Jun 12, 2013

France threatens to block start of EU-U.S. trade talks

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – France threatened on Wednesday to block the start of free trade talks between the European Union and the United States if movies and digital media are not kept out the negotiations.

Two days before EU countries are supposed to give the go-ahead for negotiations, France said it would veto the talks unless the sector – that it sees as crucial to its cultural identity and under threat from Hollywood – is excluded.

Jun 12, 2013

France digs in on culture before EU meeting on U.S. trade talks

PARIS/BRUSSELS, June 12 (Reuters) – France is “extremely
determined” to keep movies and digital media out of free trade
talks between the EU and the United States, a government
minister said on Wednesday, a stance that could block the start
of negotiations.

Two days before EU countries are supposed to give the
go-ahead for negotiations, the EU is struggling to find a
compromise that satisfies France’s “cultural” concerns without
exempting the audiovisual sector from the wide-reaching talks.

Jun 11, 2013

EU unveils action plan for Europe’s ailing steel sector

LONDON/BRUSSELS, June 11 (Reuters) – The European Commission
announced an array of recommendations on Tuesday to revive
Europe’s steel industry, hurt by tumbling demand and plant
closures.

The “EU steel action plan” is the first comprehensive
attempt by the Commission to stem a decline in the steel sector
since the Davignon Plan sought to tackle an industry slump in
the mid-1970s.

Jun 11, 2013

EU unveils plan to halt European steel sector slide

LONDON/BRUSSELS, June 11 (Reuters) – The European Commission
unveiled an array of measures and recommendations on Tuesday to
revive Europe’s steel industry, hurt by tumbling demand and
plant closures.

The “EU steel action plan”, presented by Industry
Commissioner Antonio Tajani, is the first comprehensive attempt
by the Commission to stem the steel sector’s decline since the
Davignon Plan of 1977.

Jun 10, 2013

Eco rivals battle to show who is cleaner, greener

MALLE, Belgium, June 10 (Reuters) – Under an eco-friendly,
flowering turf roof in an industrial park, the world’s largest
maker of green cleaning products is trying to figure out how to
stay on top of a market that has big growth potential but also
increasingly fierce competition.

With big-name detergent and household cleaner manufacturers
and retailers moving into the ecological market and consumers
growing more savvy, Belgium’s Ecover must compete on price and
prove it is greener than the rest.

Jun 7, 2013

Belgium take control of group with nervy win over Serbia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium beat Serbia 2-1 in a hard-fought match to move three points clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group A and guarantee at least a playoff place on Friday.

The victory was secured with two headed goals, Kevin De Bruyne scoring from a Jan Vertonghen cross in the 13th minute and Marouane Fellaini from a De Bruyne corner on the hour mark.

Jun 7, 2013

Soccer-Belgium take control of group with nervy win over Serbia

BRUSSELS, June 7 (Reuters) – Belgium beat Serbia 2-1 in a hard-fought match to move three points clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group A and guarantee at least a playoff place on Friday.

The victory was secured with two headed goals, Kevin De Bruyne scoring from a Jan Vertonghen cross in the 13th minute and Marouane Fellaini from a De Bruyne corner on the hour mark.

Jun 5, 2013

Preview- Belgium out to prove they are a top European side

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium will seek to prove visiting Serbian coach Sinisa Mihajlovic right on Friday with his view that the hosts are among the three strongest soccer nations in Europe.

Much-fancied Belgium have not qualified for a major tournament in more than a decade, but lead European World Cup qualifying group A, albeit only on goal difference from Croatia.

Jun 5, 2013

Soccer-Belgium out to prove they are a top European side

BRUSSELS, June 5 (Reuters) – Belgium will seek to prove visiting Serbian coach Sinisa Mihajlovic right on Friday with his view that the hosts are among the three strongest soccer nations in Europe.

Much-fancied Belgium have not qualified for a major tournament in more than a decade, but lead European World Cup qualifying group A, albeit only on goal difference from Croatia.

May 31, 2013

Belgian rail cancels train order, seeks damages

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium’s railway operator has canceled a train order and will seek damages from a unit of Italian manufacturing group Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) over a high-speed rail link between Amsterdam and Brussels that could not cope with the cold last winter.

The train, made by Finmeccanica unit AnsaldoBreda and dubbed the Fyra, suffered a series of cancellations and delays when launched by Dutch railways in December and proved so unreliable in a cold snap in January that it was withdrawn.

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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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