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King Philippe of Belgium: Setting a new precedent - In the heart of the capital city of Brussels, the Royal Palace…an imposing building with its Neo-classical facade that dates back to the 18th century. And in this palace, King Philippe, the seventh king of the Belgians works unfailingly every day. Belgium has been a constitutional monarchy since 1831 and although the constitution limits the king’s powers, this doesn’t mean…
HUAWEI’S LONG MARCH How 5G is taking over the world - When I was a younger journal- ist in North East England, there was a joke going the rounds that Nissan had decided to set up on Wearside because one of the company executives thought he’d heard a shipyard worker speak Japanese. His hosts at North East Shipbuilders - the last remaining - shipyard of the once- many on the River…
REVITALISING THE ROYAL CHAPEL - An essential restoration for a 300-year-old building The Royal Chapel has withstood the passage of time with just minor renovations, but it now requires a complete restoration to preserve the building. The roof, stone facing, statues, stained glass, and roof timbers all require comprehensive restoration work to preserve its unique harmony. In the autumn of 2017, Versailles began its greatest…
- Homicide kills far more people than armed conflict, says new UNODC study Some 464,000 people across the world were killed in homicides in 2017, surpassing by far the 89,000 killed in armed conflicts in the same period, according to the Global Study on Homicide 2019 published today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). "The Global Study…
NORWAY – A ROAD TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE - Norway’s ambitious west coast road scheme By any definition, Norway’s plan to develop a continuous Coastal Highway between Kristiansand in the south and Trondheim in the north is a massive undertaking.   The route of the present E39 road is 1,100 kilometres long, and it currently uses seven different ferry connections.   What the Stortinget - Norway’s parliament - has decided is…
EU COURT OF JUSTICE issues Decision on Facebook “Likes” used by websites - The operator of a website that features a Facebook ‘Like’ button can be a controller jointly with Facebook in respect of the collection and transmission to Facebook of the personal data of visitors to its website By contrast, that operator is not, in principle, a controller in respect of the subsequent processing of those data carried out by Facebook alone.…
POLES APART – Putin’s fury as Poles blame Russia for World War II - The Poles can never have had much doubt that blaming Russia for the Second World War would upset Vladimir Putin.   It was rather like poking a tiger with a pointed stick: it could never end well.   Putin has retaliated verbally, mentioning it five times during the run-up to Christmas, including at a Defence Ministry board meeting, in a meeting with…
A NATURAL PROGRESSION - Monaco is a principality in constant transition, no project currently more attention-grabbing as the six-hectare land reclamation development underway off the coast at Larvotto. Europe Diplomatic Magazine sits down with Bouygues Travaux Publics to learn more about the maritime infrastructure for L’Anse du Portier that the company is on track to deliver. It seems only fitting that the Monaco office…
EUROPOL DISMANTLING ILLEGAL ADOPTIONS - 66 suspected of arranging illegal adoptions, surrogacies and human egg trafficking in Greece On 23 September 2019, Greek law enforcement authorities, supported by Europol, dismantled an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of human beings (selling ova), illegal adoption and money laundering.   €25 000 to €28 000 per illegal adoption Active since 2016, the criminal network recruited vulnerable pregnant…
PETULANT PARTNERS: SWITZERLAND AND THE EUROPEAN UNION - Take a look at some of Switzerland’s great heroes.   William Tell, of course, famously shot an apple from his son’s head and later used the same crossbow to kill the tyrannical Habsburg bailiff, Albrecht Gessler, in 1307, thus launching the fight for Swiss independence.   If he actually existed, that is. His story first appeared in print two hundred and fifty…
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