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Oct 15, 2013

Soccer-Late Ramsey goal tempers Belgium celebrations

BRUSSELS, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Belgium ended their campaign on a muted note on Tuesday as a late strike by Aaron Ramsey secured a 1-1 draw for Wales, slightly dampening home celebrations to mark the country’s qualification for a first World Cup in 12 years.

Having already booked their ticket to Brazil with Friday’s 2-1 win in Croatia, the Group A winners threatened only sporadically for the first hour against a well-organised Welsh defence.

Oct 12, 2013

Belgian joy over place in 2014 World Cup irks Flemish separatists

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium is “in” and, suddenly, so may be Belgitude.

French- and Dutch-speaking Belgians have come together to celebrate their national football team, whose 2-1 win over Croatia on Friday secured the Red Devils a place at the 2014 World Cup, their first major international tournament in 12 years.

Oct 7, 2013

Solvay adds to U.S. energy business with $1.3 bln Chemlogics buy

BRUSSELS, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Belgian chemicals and plastics
maker Solvay has agreed to buy privately held
Chemlogics for $1.345 billion, bringing its share of the $8
billion-a-year U.S. market for chemicals used by the oil and gas
industry to 10 percent.

The market is forecast to grow 6 percent a year to 2017,
driven by fracking or horizontal drilling for shale oil and
shale gas as well as deepwater drilling, Solvay said.

Sep 29, 2013

Mexican telecoms invader comes up against Dutch fortress

BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Dutch preference shares, once
a device to share the benefits of a family business, have become
an unbreachable barrier to hostile takeovers in the Netherlands,
most recently forcing Mexico’s America Movil to the
negotiating table.

America Movil, Latin America’s biggest telecoms group,
quickly learned that it could not simply muscle in on its
target, Dutch peer KPN, after a foundation charged with
protecting the group exercised a call option on preference
shares that gave it half the company’s voting rights.

Sep 26, 2013

Belgian museum tells tale of huddled masses steaming to America

ANTWERP, Belgium, Sept 26 (Reuters) – They were the ships
that took Albert Einstein and Irving Berlin to America, two of
the millions who set out from Europe around the turn of the 20th
century hoping to leave behind poverty or persecution.

The steam liners of the Red Star Line, commemorated in a new
museum in their Belgian home port of Antwerp, carried about 2
million migrants across the Atlantic between 1873 and 1934, a
quarter of them Jews, and all seeking a better life.

Sep 20, 2013

EU, Singapore finalise details of far-reaching trade deal

BRUSSELS/SINGAPORE Sept 20 (Reuters) – The European Union
and Singapore have finalised the details of one of the world’s
most comprehensive free trade agreements, a pact the EU sees as
a stepping stone towards a wider deal with booming economies in
Southeast Asia.

The European Union, the world’s largest trading bloc, hopes
the deal will open the door to a deal with other members of the
10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which
has set a goal of economic integration by 2015.

Sep 20, 2013

EU, Singapore conclude far-reaching trade deal

BRUSSELS/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The European Union and Singapore submitted for approval on Friday one of the world’s most comprehensive free trade agreements, which the EU sees as a stepping stone towards a wider deal with Southeast Asia.

The European Union envisages it opening the door to a deal with other members of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which has set a goal of economic integration by 2015.

Sep 12, 2013

KPN, America Movil talk about bid, say result unclear

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Dutch telecoms company KPN (KPN.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has entered into talks with Mexico’s America Movil (AMXL.MX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) over the latter’s 7.2 billion-euro ($9.6 billion) takeover offer, the two sides said on Thursday, although both cautioned the outcome was unclear.

KPN said in a statement its management and supervisory boards were discussing with America Movil the price and conditions of the Mexican group’s bid.

Sep 9, 2013

KPN finance head quits with America Movil bid in limbo

BRUSSELS, Sept 9 (Reuters) – KPN’s chief financial
officer quit unexpectedly on Monday, leaving the Dutch telecoms
group without a key executive as it negotiates with Mexico’s
America Movil, which is proposing a 7.2 billion euro
($9.5 billion) takeover.

Eric Hageman, 43, was just one year into the job. KPN said
he resigned due to personal circumstances, unrelated to working
relationships or the company’s present situation, and added it
would make a further announcement regarding the CFO role “as
soon as possible.”

Sep 6, 2013

Bolt confirms supremacy in Brussels season finale

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt powered away late in the race to destroy his rivals and win the 100 meters in 9.8 seconds at the season-closing Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday.

Bolt, who won 100, 200 and 4×100 relay golds at last month’s world championships, was one of several Moscow medalists in action.

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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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