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It’s business as usual despite #Brexit says #DFDS

It’s business as usual despite #Brexit says #DFDS

| February 12, 2020

That’s the latest message from a  leading ferry operator after  the UK’s exit from the European Union, writes Martin Banks. DFDS, which operates services out of Calais and Dunkirk to the United Kingdom, has posted a message for travellers on cross-channel ferries. It says, “You can rest assured that your ferry crossing will go smoothly and that […]

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Annual travel fair arrives in #Brussels

Annual travel fair arrives in #Brussels

| February 5, 2020

Are the never-ending grey skies getting you down? If so, that would be understandable but the good news is that the (near) perfect antidote to the winter gloom is available this weekend in Brussels, writes Martin Banks. It comes in the shape of the city’s annual travel fair which runs from Thursday 6 to Sunday […]

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Report urges US to embrace EU and #NATO defence initiatives

Report urges US to embrace EU and #NATO defence initiatives

| February 4, 2020

The United States should wholeheartedly embrace EU initiatives to strengthen European and NATO defence capabilities and offer joint incentives for transatlantic industrial collaboration instead of niggling over the rules of the EU’s defence fund (EDF), a new report urges, writes Martin Banks.  The study by journalist and researcher Paul Taylor for the Brussels think-tank Friends […]

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Concerns raised over #Coronavirus impact on #Taiwan

Concerns raised over #Coronavirus impact on #Taiwan

| February 1, 2020

Concern has been voiced about the impact on Taiwan of the coronavirus virus and ask the country’s inability to take part in international efforts to tackle the deadly disease, writes Martin Banks. The virus has killed more than 210 people and more than 9,000 confirmed cases mainly in China. There have also been nine confirmed […]

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Efforts to improve #Russia environmental protection standards condemned as ‘muddled’ and ‘moving too slowly’

Efforts to improve #Russia environmental protection standards condemned as ‘muddled’ and ‘moving too slowly’

| January 30, 2020

The unprecedented resignation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his government took the world by surprise and has set the scene for a radical reshaping of Russian politics, writes Martin Banks. Medvedev’s replacement, Mikhail Mishustin (pictured), lost no time in setting out his policy platform to rejuvenate the Russian economy.  Mishustin’s prescribed solutions included digital […]

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#Kazakhstan foreign minister welcomes EU strategy on Central Asia

#Kazakhstan foreign minister welcomes EU strategy on Central Asia

| January 22, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi (pictured, centre) has welcomed the EU Strategy on Central Asia, saying it will pave the way for better co-operation and improved regional relations, writes Martin Banks. Speaking in Brussels on Monday (20 January), he said the strategy “provides the overall framework for regional engagement”. The strategy should support, among other […]

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#BOLDT sponsors stunning exhibition of De Bock photography

#BOLDT sponsors stunning exhibition of De Bock photography

| December 5, 2019

© Jimmy De Bock The way we see the world is often best captured by a photograph. Iconic images of mankind’s plight and triumphs have over and over again been seared into our collective memory, writes Martin Banks.   In this spirit, on Tuesday, 3 December, BOLDT – in co-operation with Fondation Franz Weber – sponsored […]

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