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Global Europe 27-11-2020

In European first, Iranians face trial over suspected bomb plot

An Iranian diplomat and three other Iranians go on trial in Antwerp for planning to bomb a 2018 meeting of an exiled opposition group, the first time an EU country has put an Iranian official on trial for terrorism.

Paris train gunman tells court he was looking for ‘US soldiers, people from EU Commission’

The Moroccan gunman on trial for an attempted terror attack on a Paris-bound train five years ago said Wednesday (25 November) he had aimed at the heads of American soldiers but could not shoot.

Inconclusive video summit hashes over EU budget hurdle, vaccines

EU leaders said Thursday (19 November) they would intensify efforts to convince the Prime Ministers of Poland and Hungary to drop their veto of the EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, which has plunged the bloc into a new crisis.

Belgium seizes record 11.5 tonnes of cocaine

Belgian police seized 11.5 tonnes of pure cocaine hidden in a scrap metal container in the country's single biggest-ever haul, prosecutors said on Thursday (5 November).
Politics 05-11-2020

Strict measures will remain ‘until there is a vaccine’, Belgian PM says

Measures decided to contain the second wave of COVID-19 infections will remain in place for the long term, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said during a hospital visit on Wednesday (3 November), adding they will have to be continued for “months to come”.
Brexit 23-10-2020

Belgium dusts off 1666 charter for post-Brexit fishing rights

Belgium may resort to a 17th century charter granted by a British king to retain fishing rights in Britain's coastal waters if London and the European Union fail to agree a trade deal by the end of this year.
Coronavirus 22-10-2020

Hard-hit Belgium faces second COVID-19 lockdown

Belgium could order another lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections as early as next week, a spokesman said, as the country grapples with a new wave of the virus potentially as serious its first last spring.
Brexit 21-10-2020

Brexit waves threaten to wreck Belgian fishing

Britain's departure from the European single market will disrupt many long-standing economic relationships and could yet devastate one of the oldest – the Belgian fishing fleet's work in UK waters.
Coronavirus 20-10-2020

Belgium says COVID-19 situation serious as infections reach new highs

The health situation in Belgium is worse than in March during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases of infection reaching new highs and the number of people in hospital doubling each week, officials said.
5G 09-10-2020

Orange and Proximus in Belgium to replace Huawei mobile gear with Nokia kit

Telecoms operators Orange Belgium and Proximus  have decided to progressively replace Huawei-made mobile equipment in Belgium and Luxembourg with Nokia  gear, two sources close to the matter said.
Digital 05-10-2020

Facebook, Belgian watchdog face off over who should police company

Facebook and Belgium’s privacy watchdog sparred on Monday at Europe’s top court over which data protection authority has the power to police the U.S. social media giant in a case that could escalate its privacy fights across the EU.
Politics 30-09-2020

Belgium breaks 16-month deadlock as new government formed

Nearly 16 months after its federal elections, Belgian political leaders broke the deadlock on forming a new government on Wednesday (30 September), with the King expected to name caretaker finance minister Alexander De Croo as the new prime minister.
Global Europe 29-09-2020

US, Belgium strike ‘preclearance’ deal for air passengers

The United States and Belgium said on Monday (28 September) they had reached an agreement that will allow US-bound passengers from Brussels to undergo US customs and immigration checks before departing Europe.
Climate change 18-09-2020

Belgium’s iconic beer and fries threatened by climate change effects

Two of Belgium’s most iconic products, beer and fries, stand to be severely affected by the effects of climate change, a new report commissioned by the National Climate Commission warned on Thursday (17 September).
Railways 31-08-2020

Belgium’s free corona-busting rail pass opens to applicants

A Belgian government plan to boost domestic tourism got up and running on Monday (31 August), as applications for a free railway pass finally opened after a delay of a few months.
Politics 26-08-2020

Fatal Charleroi airport arrest weighs on Belgian authorities

Although Slovakia has been careful not to over-react over the fatal and controversial 2018 arrest of a Slovak man in Charleroi in February 2018, the issue continues to be an embarrassment for the Belgian authorities.

Outrage in Belgium after video reveals George Floyd-style police savagery

Belgians are shocked after TV channels on Wednesday (19 August) aired a videotape showing how the police treated a Slovak citizen at the Charleroi airport, in footage that echoes the savagery to which George Floyd fell victim in the US.

Belgian court rejects extradition of Catalan separatist

A Belgian court on Friday (7 August) rejected the extradition of a former Catalan regional minister to face charges in Spain related to the banned 2017 independence referendum, prosecutors said.
Coronavirus 07-08-2020

Britain adds Belgium to travel quarantine list

Passengers arriving into Britain from Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra will need to quarantine for 14 days due to concerns over rising COVID-19 infection rates, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday (6 August).
Coronavirus 06-08-2020

Brussels to require face masks if virus uptick continues

Brussels will require people to wear masks in public spaces and in private spaces accessible to the public if the uptick in coronavirus cases continues, the regional government said on Thursday (6 August).
Energy 20-07-2020

Gas grid operators unveil plan for European hydrogen infrastructure ‘backbone’

A group of eleven European gas infrastructure companies from nine EU member states presented on Friday (17 July) a plan to create a dedicated hydrogen pipeline network of almost 23,000 km by 2040, to be used in parallel to the natural gas grid.

Belgian King expresses ‘deepest regrets’ over Congo’s colonial past

Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" on Tuesday (29 June) for the harm done during the Belgian colonial rule in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the first such admission for his country, after last month's death of African American George Floyd rekindled the debate in Belgium about its colonial past.
Politics 12-06-2020

Tweets of the Week: Eurogroup Head, Statues Down, Brexit Cherry Picking

Speculation about Eurogroup top post, across the EU racist statues are toast, and Brexit is back like an unwelcome ghost.
Coronavirus 09-06-2020

Reopened Brussels bars ‘invaded’ by thirsty beerdrinkers

As some Brussels cafes reopened after almost three months of lockdown, thirsty Belgian drinkers were more than ready.
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