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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BRUSSELS, April 28 (Reuters) – The European Union will
impose anti-dumping duties next month on imports of a grade of
electrical steel from five countries, according to sources
familiar with a European Commission proposal.
The Commission plans to set tariffs of between 21.6 percent
for Russian imports and 35.9 percent for Japanese imports of
grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES) following a complaint
lodged in June 2014 by the European steel producers association,