Gibraltar: long queues again – Romania: powerful opposition to fuel tax rise

Last updated 21:00 BST.

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Channel delays: P&O Dover-Calais and DFDS Dover-Calais, some sailings delayed 30mins. Eurotunnel freight UK: 30min, high volume of traffic. Brittany Ferries Plymouth>Roscoff, St Malo>Plymouth and Santander>Portsmouth delayed 45-60mins bad weather.

Weather alerts: Amber alert high winds/low temperatures north east Spain and storms Greece.

Weather: Unsettled in the Mediterranean. Rain Italy, dry Eastern Europe.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Gibraltar: 'Border controls are here to stay!' shouted the local press yesterday

Gibraltar: ‘Border controls are here to stay!’ shouted the local press yesterday following a visit by a member of the Spanish government. The checks are ‘proportionate, flexible, random, and non-discriminatory’ and inline with EU law says Carmen Crespo, acknowledging that queues are around two hours for cars and 30 minutes for pedestrians. Two hours would be relatively mild compared to the delays of the past few days: cars waited 3.5h hours on Tuesday; late last night the queue was 2.5 hours.

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ROMANIA: powerful opposition to fuel tax rises.

Foreign investors have strongly objected to a proposed increase in fuel duty.

Among other measures, the government will increase tax on petrol and diesel by €0.07 per litre next year to pay for (badly needed) major infrastructure projects. According to www.fuel-prices-europe.info, a litre of unleaded 95 currently costs €1.232. Diesel is €1.281.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Romania called the plans ‘hasty’, adding, ‘they will lead to increases in tax evasion, a sharp decrease of investments, a lower number of jobs and a series of difficulties in the economy.’

The Foreign Investors Council said, ‘Romanian exporters are sentenced to clinical death… the Government is forcing the companies which had the biggest contribution to the state budget to go into the international competitiveness battle without weapons.’

Between them the two are responsible for over $10bn of investment. Prime minister Victor Ponta responded by saying, ‘Romania cannot be El Dorado for everyone.’

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Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in an impressive video for Volvo Trucks called Epic Split. Believe it or not these trucks are actually reversing. The stunt is designed to demonstrate Volvo's new Dynamic Steering system that compensates for road illegularities

Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in an impressive video for Volvo Trucks called Epic Split. Believe it or not these trucks are actually reversing as the Dutch film star straddles the wing mirrors. The stunt was designed to demonstrate Volvo’s new Dynamic Steering system that can compensate for road surface irregularities 2,000 times per second for precision driving.

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roundup: LUXEMBOURG. A section of recently flooded road in Grevenmacher collapsed today, swallowing a fire engine whole. The Moselle breached its banks earlier in the week. Check out the hilarious photos at Wort.lu. MACEDONIA. Contracts have been signed between the Govt and the Chinese Sinohydro construction company to build two new motorways (see earlier report). Work starts in Q1 next year and should finish in four years. BULGARIA/ROMANIA. The Bulgarian prime minister has reportedly floated the idea of a third bridge across the Danube ahead of a meeting with his Romanian counterpart next week. The new bridge would stretch between Silistra (BG) and Calarasi in the east, replacing a ferry service that was anyway suspended last year.

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