(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, FEB 26 - A subsidiary of French luxury group LVMH and its billionaire owner Bernard Arnault have purchased a majority stake in Birkenstock, the German maker of the iconic and eponymous sandals said Friday. No details were given about the price paid by LVMH subsidiary L Catterton…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 26 - Net revenue for Deutsche Telekom increased by 25.4 percent to 101.0 billion euros in the 2020 financial year, the company said in a statement today. Adjusted net profit rose by 15.5 percent to 5.7 billion euros, unadjusted net profit was up 7.5 percent to 4.2 billion euros.…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 26 - Cellnex Telecom has presented its results for the close of the financial year 2020. According to a statement from the company, revenue stood at €1.608 billion (+55%) and EBITDA €1.182 billion (+72%)."The net accounting result was negative (€-133 million) due to the…
(ANSA) - ROME, 25 FEB - Agriculture Minister Stefano Patuanelli said Thursday that the government will take action to defend Balsamic vinegar of Modena from attempts by the Slovenia authorities to get around the system that protects its authenticity. The consortium of producers of Balsamic vinegar of…
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, FEB 25 - EU leaders meet Thursday under pressure to speed up Europe's coronavirus vaccine rollout and facing demands from some capitals for a continent-wide vaccine passport. The video summit for the leaders of the 27-nation bloc comes a year into the Covid-19 crisis, as most…
(ANSA-AFP) - BUDAPEST, FEB 25 - Hungary broke EU law by criminalising efforts to help would-be refugees claim protection, the European Curt of Justice's top legal adviser said Thursday. The opinion of Advocate General Athanasios Rantos is not binding on the judges hearing the case brought by the European…
(ANSA) - BUDAPEST, 25 FEB - Per l'avvocato generale della Corte di giustizia Ue, l'Ungheria è venuta meno ai propri obblighi derivanti dal diritto dell'Unione per avere qualificato come reato certe attività di sostegno ai richiedenti asilo. Nelle sue conclusioni l'avvocato generale precisa che sanzionando…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 25 - NATO "strongly supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the Alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Twitter today, after a call with Ukraine's President Zelensky. "We discussed the importance of reforms and the security situation in the Black…
(ANSA) - UDINE, 25 FEB - ROME, FEBRUARY 24 - The unacceptable "rip-off" of the name of balsamic vinegar by Slovenia puts 1 billion euro of consumer value at risk and represents an attack on the entire system of Made in Italy quality. Coldiretti denounced, commenting on the Slovenian government's decision…
(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 24 - After weeks of relative calm, COVID cases surged anew amid variants fears in Central- and Eastern Europe (CEE), in particular in Czechia, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary, in the week ending February 21, show data from the latest epidemiological update of…
(ANSA) - ROMA, 24 FEB - Greece has urged the European Union to move forward more quickly on the issue of 'vaccination passports' in order to reopen for tourism in time for summer holidays. In an interview with the Financial Times published on Wednesday, Greek Tourism minister Harry Theocharis underscored…
(ANSA-AFP) - BUDAPEST, FEB 24 - Hungary on Wednesday become the first EU nation to start using China's Sinopharm vaccine against the coronavirus, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. "Today we begin to inoculate with the Chinese vaccines," Orban said in a Facebook video message. Hungary - whose population…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 24 FEB - Geologists and seismologists all agree: the potential doubling of the Krsko nuclear power plant in Slovenia, 125 km from Trieste, should be ruled out, given that it stands in an area of medium-high seismicity, as many studies and monitoring confirmed. The plant's license will…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 24 - Companies in Germany are planning to cut jobs in the next months, according to the German Ifo Institute. The Ifo Employment Barometer fell to 94.5 points in February after measuring 95.1 points in January, the third decline in a row, the institute informed. "The lockdown…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 23 - China was Germany's most important trading partner for the fifth consecutive year in 2020, the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said today. Goods to the value of 212.1 billion euros were traded between the two countries last year, with the turnover increasing…
(ANSA) - LJUBLJANA, 23 FEB - Slovenian Railways (Sž) have confirmed that negotiations are underway with Trenitalia for a high-speed rail link between Venice and Ljubljana. After the rumors of recent days, Sž told the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) that the ongoing dialogue with Trenitalia entails the…
(ANSA) - BERLIN, 23 FEB - Controls at Germany's borders, enforced since February 14, will be extended for another eight days until March 3. The Interior minister's spokesperson announced today. These checks occur at the borders with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and part of Tyrol, all areas considered…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 23 - Sentiment among German exporters has improved noticeably in February, with the ifo Export Expectations in manufacturing rising from 7.5 points to 10.7 points, the Ifo institute said in a statement today. This is its highest value since September 2018. "China's good economic…
(ANSA) - ROME, FEB 22 - The party of the Bosnian-Serb leader and rotating president of the Bosnian tripartite presidency, Milorad Dodik, has won a rerun on Sunday of local elections in Srebrenica and Doboj, after the annulment for irregularity of the November 15 vote of the two municipalities of the…
(ANSA) - BERLIN, 22 FEB - After more than two months of closure due to the lockdown, schools and kindergartens in ten Laender in Germany reopen today, including Berlin. A much-discussed measure in recent weeks, and in particular at the State-Regions summit. On that occasion, Angela Merkel had a more…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 22 - An additional 50,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against Covid reached Serbia on Monday morning, the country in the western Balkans which has been most successful in its mass vaccination campaign. So far, about 1.2 million (17% of the population) have received…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 22 - The Ifo business climate index for Germany rose to 92.4 in February, up from the 90.3 points registered in January. Experts had forecast a 90.5 reading. Despite the lockdown, the German economy remains in good shape, primarily due to the strong industrial activity, the Ifo…
by Stefano Giantin (ANSA) - BELGRADO, 21 FEB - Italy and Yugoslavia were very close to clashing in a full-fledged armed conflict to take hold of Trieste in 1953. At the time, the city was under international administration, and the behind-the-scenes intervention from Western powers thwarted the explosive…
by Stefano Giantin (ANSA) - BELGRADO, 21 FEB - Italy and Yugoslavia were very close to clashing in a full-fledged armed conflict to take hold of Trieste in 1953. At the time, the city was under international administration, and the behind-the-scenes intervention from Western powers thwarted the explosive…
(ANSA) - VENICE, 19 FEB - The Adriatic Sea's protection and sustainability through innovation and technology are a fundamental challenge for the European Union and a competitive driver for individual states. The countries involved can achieve the EU's ambitious objectives by strengthening the innovation…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 19 FEB - The European Union and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched a new regional project worth over 7m euros to support safe and effective vaccination in the Western Balkans. The EU Commission announced. The new funding will help "prepare the region to effectively…
(ANSA) - ROME, FEB 19 - Italy is the least violent country in the European Union along with Malta, according to a report by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights that was released on Friday. The report said only 3% of the people it surveyed in Italy said they had experienced physical violence in the…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 19 - The Flash Germany Manufacturing PMI index of IHS Markit reached 60.6 points in February, a 36-month high, from the 57.1 registered in January. The Services activity index decreased to 45.9 points, a 9-month low. "The positive manufacturing performance came despite a backdrop…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 19 - Nearly 2,200 detections of irregular border crossings by migrants and refugees were registered on the Western Balkan route in January, down 14% from January 2020, Frontex informed. The number of illegal border crossings at Europe's external borders in January fell by nearly…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 18 - The Metropolitan Bishop of Zagreb and Ljubljana, Porfirije, is the new patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Tanjug reported. According to the news agency, the Holy Synod gathered this morning in the Orthodox cathedral of San Sava in Belgrade chose him as the successor…