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May 15, 2014

ArcelorMittal opposes Western sanctions against Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, said on Thursday it was lobbying the European Union not to intensify sanctions against Russia over its actions in neighboring Ukraine.

The West has to date focused on individuals and a handful of companies in protest over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsular, but has threatened to target key sectors such as mining and gas if the Kremlin disrupts Ukrainian elections later this month.

May 13, 2014

Januzaj books World Cup ticket with Belgium

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj will travel with Belgium to the World Cup after being named as one of two teenage newcomers in the squad on Tuesday.

Coach Marc Wilmots had been expected to name a preliminary group of 26 ahead of the tournament beginning in Brazil next month, but surprisingly made a final selection with the only uncertainty concerning the fitness of the third goalkeeper.

May 13, 2014

Soccer-Januzaj books World Cup ticket with Belgium

BRUSSELS, May 13 (Reuters) – Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj will travel with Belgium to the World Cup after being named as one of two teenage newcomers in the squad on Tuesday.

Coach Marc Wilmots had been expected to name a preliminary group of 26 ahead of the tournament beginning in Brazil next month, but surprisingly made a final selection with the only uncertainty concerning the fitness of the third goalkeeper.

May 9, 2014

ArcelorMittal lowers forecast for global steel demand

BRUSSELS, May 9 (Reuters) – ArcelorMittal, the
world’s largest steelmaker, trimmed its forecast for global
steel use on Friday due to a more pronounced slowdown in China
and a decline in Russia, though it retained optimism about its
core European and U.S. markets.

The company, which makes about 6 percent of the world’s
steel and is a broad gauge for the health of global
manufacturing, said apparent steel consumption, which includes
inventory changes, should increase by between 3.0 and 3.5
percent in 2014.

Apr 30, 2014

Belgium coach Wilmots rises from fallback to favorite

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Few warmed to the idea of inexperienced Marc Wilmots taking charge of Belgium in 2012. Two years later, the soccer 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 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
election.

“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.

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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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