Europe briefs: Gas prices rising in Germany, UK and Azores
February 12, 2009
Gas prices will rise more than 3 cents a gallon Saturday in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Azores, according to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.
At the same time, diesel prices in Germany and the U.K. will fall 2.7 cents per gallon.
Gas prices in the Netherlands, meanwhile, increase about 17 cents a gallon, while diesel jumps 8.6 cents. Prices for all grades of fuel there are at "floor," according to AAFES. "Floor" pricing is a policy intended to protect the exchange from losing money on fuel sales.
U.S. gasoline prices have increased each of the last six weeks, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The price for a gallon of regular has risen from $1.613 at the end of December to $1.926 this week, according to the agency.
U.S Air Force in Europe headquarters evacuatedThe headquarters building for U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and the base’s officers club were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a bomb-sniffing canine "alerted" security forces personnel to a potential hazard, according to base officials.
The alert occurred shortly before 4 p.m. during a routine facility check, base officials said.
No hazards were found and the buildings were reopened within two hours. Base officials said Thursday that the cause of the alert was unknown.
Several agencies responded to the scene to investigate, including the Ramstein fire department, the 435th Security Forces Squadron and 435th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight.