EU «grave concerns» over China leap in Hong Kong

Today the EU top diplomat Josep Borrell has issued the Declaration on behalf of the European Union on Hong Kong: “The EU expresses its grave concern at the steps taken by China on 28 May, which are not in conformity with its international commitments (Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984) and the Hong Kong Basic Law….

‘Mad Meg’ is back to Antwerp Museum

Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Mad Meg is back home at the Mayer van den Bergh Museum in Antwerp after a two-year absence. The painting will be back on show as one of Mayer van den Bergh’s star attractions from 22 January onward. Having undergone thorough restoration at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels, the…

Antwerp politics scandalized by ISIS children return

In response to controversial decision of Belgium first instance Court to repatriate six children and two women – wives and children of Islamic state (ISIS) terrorist group militants , Flemish politician Filip Dewinter published a video of “Jihad school” for very young boys, who are taught radical Islam at very early age. (Image above: Al…

#21juillet: Belgium National Day

On the occasion of Belgian National Day, on 20 and 21 July the FPS Chancery of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Defence, the FPS Home Affairs and the federal and local police, in close cooperation with the Association for the Advancement and Promotion of Brussels, have organised and hosted the activities for the general…

Bomb alert at Brussels Airport Zaventem

The Federal police informed about the conclusion of the security operation in Brussels Airport Zaventem – no suspicious elements have been found after the intensive search. The police perimeter has been established after the presumably terrorist writings were discovered in a gentlemen toilet (19:45). Belgium sources report “Allah Akbar!” message and a threat of a bomb…

ALERT! Dogs poisoned in Brussels

  ALERT for dog-owners: ‘A several dogs have been poisoned in recent days in the gardens of Abbey  of La Cambre (Ixelles, Brussels). My colleagues at SOS Vétérinaire confirm this information. They have been called several times for dogs, walked in these gardens. The animals exhibited ptyalism, vomiting or convulsions,” – said veterinarian Laurence de…

Pol Bury at BOZAR

BOZAR 23/2-4/06/2017  The Belgian artist Pol Bury (1922-2005) is one of the founders of kinetic art. After his beginnings in painting, marked by the influence of Magritte, and time spent with other members of Jeune Peinture belge and CoBrA, he decided to follow a new path. His fascination for the art of Alexander Calder resulted…

Brexit: "heafty bill"

  Britain will need years to negotiate a future trade deal with the European Union after it quits the bloc and will be landed with a “very hefty bill” from Brussels on leaving, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday. Noting that the Brexit talks expected to be launched next month would last two…

Brussels Airport 26th ranking

Brussels Airport ‘Zaventem’ is declared the 26th in ranking of all European airports in terms of annual passenger numbers. It received more than 21.7 million passengers in 2016, per figures published on Friday by ACI Europe, an association representing 500 airports in 45 European countries. Passenger numbers at Brussels Airport, which have decreased by 7%…

EU Court refuses terrorist related asylum-seeker

Today the Court of Justice of the European Union – the highest justice instance – decided to reject the appeal of suspect in link to terrorist asylum claim. The case of Moroccan national Mostafa Lounani, jailed for six years in Belgium for assisting in forging documents as part of a network sending volunteer jihadis to Iraq….