About: Charles Michel

EU Elections 2019 12-09-2018

Salvini sees populist-conservative coalition guiding the new EU Commission

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who also leads the far-right League party, said on Tuesday (11 September) he wants the new European Commission to be led by conservatives and populists.
EU Elections 2019 07-09-2018

France, Benelux to propose EU aid for Africa in return for migrant help

France and the three Benelux countries on Thursday (6 September) launched a plan to offer EU funds to African countries in return for help stemming the flow of migrants to Europe.
Brexit 03-05-2018

Offer citizenship to British eurocrats, Juncker asks Belgian PM

European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker has called on Belgium to demonstrate its “generosity” by offering citizenship for British officials working in the EU institutions.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2018

Juncker casts doubt on resolving tariff dispute with Trump by 1 May deadline

The EU is unlikely to secure permanent exemption from US steel and aluminium tariffs by the time President Trump’s stopgap reprieve from the measures expires on 1 May, Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday.

Citizens rally to host migrants, in defiance of Belgian government

Human rights activists and some political parties in Belgium are calling for the resignation of Theo Francken, the secretary of state for immigration, citing his aggressive and hostile stance towards migrants from Africa and the Middle East.
Africa 12-01-2018

Belgian PM seeks EU help in row over deported Sudanese

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said yesterday (11 January) he would seek EU help to settle a row over his country's deportation of Sudanese who were allegedly tortured on their return home.
Future EU 31-10-2017

Puigdemont says will stay in Belgium, accept snap election

Dismissed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is not seeking political asylum in Belgium and will not return to Spain until he is guaranteed a fair trial, he told a packed news conference in Brussels’  European quarter on Tuesday (31 October).
Elections 20-10-2017

Only Belgium breaks ranks in EU unity with Madrid

As the Spanish government vowed to take back powers from the Catalan regional government, EU leaders closed ranks behind Madrid on the first day of the EU summit yesterday (19 October), with only Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel urging moderation and dialogue.
Future EU 13-10-2017

Re-inventing Europe and building the future of the Union

The initiative by French President Emmanuel Macron is a wind of change in Europe and a welcome movement towards relaunching the European Project. André Flahaut explains why Belgium should seize the opportunity.
Elections 02-10-2017

Eyes on EU as Catalonia leader threatens independence

Catalonia's leader, Carles Puigdemont, said the region won the right to break away from Spain, with his government claiming on Monday (2 October) that 90% of voters backed independence in a banned referendum marred by violent clashes.
Languages & Culture 20-07-2017

Save our fries! Belgians say EU spares national dish

Belgium's national dish, the deep fried potato sticks that much of the English-speaking world gallingly calls "French fries", has been saved.
Politics 26-05-2017

Trump demands NATO payment–but makes no defence pledge

US President Donald Trump stole the show at a meeting of NATO heads of state yesterday (25 May) when he doubled down on his demands for other members to pay more in an opening speech.
Global Europe 25-05-2017

Thousands protest against Trump in ‘hellhole’ Brussels

Thousands of protesters carrying effigies of Donald Trump marched through Brussels on Wednesday (24 May) after the US president arrived for talks with the EU and NATO.
Elections 03-05-2017

Generation Macron: Young liberal EU leaders rally behind French ‘Kennedy’

If Emmanuel Macron wins Sunday's French presidential run-off (7 May) Europe's pro-EU liberals will finally have their champion.
Global Europe 26-04-2017

Netanyahu snubs German foreign minister in NGO row

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled talks on Tuesday (25 April) with Germany's foreign minister in a rare move after the visiting diplomat declined to call off meetings with rights groups critical of Israel's government.
Global Europe 31-03-2017

Several hurt in clashes at Turkey’s Brussels consulate

Several people were injured and taken to hospital after supporters and opponents of the Turkish government clashed outside the country's consulate in central Brussels on Thursday (30 March), Belgian police said.
20-02-2017

US vice president pledges support for EU and NATO in first Brussels visit

US Vice President Mike Pence appeared to row back on President Donald Trump's statements against NATO and the European Union in his first visit to Brussels.
Global Europe 20-02-2017

Belgian PM warns US against meddling in EU politics

After meeting with US Vice-President Mike Pence on Sunday (19 February), the Belgian prime Minister said in a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump’s comments that Belgium, like other countries, would not allow the fragmentation of the European Union.
Global Europe 12-01-2017

In Brussels, Merkel warns EU-US ties not ‘eternal’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the EU Thursday (12 January) it should not rely on "eternal" US support, as concern grows in Europe about Donald Trump's commitment to transatlantic ties.
26-10-2016

The Brief: Is CETA a dead parrot or a zombie?

European Council President Donald Tusk this morning told MEPs that the EU could still sign the CETA trade deal with Canada tomorrow, despite the veto by a number of Belgian regional assemblies.
Trade & Society 24-10-2016

Belgium cannot sign CETA, PM Michel admits

Belgium is not able to sign off on a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal after Wallonia and other regional administrations refused to give the federal government the go-ahead, PrimeMinister Charles Michel said today (24 October).
Trade & Society 24-10-2016

Wallonia rejects EU ‘ultimatum’ over CETA

Belgium's Wallonia region yesterday (23 October) dealt a fresh blow to a proposed EU-Canada trade deal, rejecting a 24-hour ultimatum from the bloc to end its objection to the agreement.
Trade & Society 21-10-2016

CETA deadlock complicates EU efforts to relaunch trade policy

A Canadian minister left Brussels in tears on Friday (21 October) as Wallonia's staunch opposition to the EU-Canada agreement puts the future of new trade deals at risk.
Euro & Finance 17-10-2016

Belgian PM defends budget ahead of confidence vote

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Sunday (16 October) defended his budget and vision for the future after tensions within the fractious coalition government nearly sank his programme earlier in the week.