In 2017, some 5% of Belgium’s population faced a situation of severe material deprivation, and 21% said they had a hard time making ends meet, according to the latest annual living conditions survey by the Belgian statistics office, Statbel, published on Thursday.
The police in Brussels will intervene in the next few days to stem the influx of migrants in the Gare du Nord neighbourhood, Interior Minister Jan Jambon told a parliamentary commission on Wednesday.

Bad weather injures many in Flanders

Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:46
Bad weather has injured many persons, one of them seriously, in Flanders, and relief services there have been overwhelmed by calls, mostly about fallen trees and damaged roofs and tiles.
In Belgium, 159 child adoptions from abroad took place last year.
The Loi Macron, passed in 2015 when Emmanuel Macron was still Minister for the Economy, is exerting pressure on Belgian companies.

The King gives speech at the Royal Palace

Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:43
On Thursday, King Philippe declared in a speech his desire for the largest number of people possible to benefit from Belgium’s return to economic growth.
Recent definitive data have just been produced around greenhouse gas emissions.
Five students were still unable to return to their digs following Monday night’s explosion in the Paardenmarkt, Antwerp, the spokesman of the University of Antwerp said on Wednesday.
Between the 8th and 14th of January, 160 out of every 100,000 inhabitants of Belgium consulted a general practitioner because of a flu syndrome, a ratio that is slightly above the epidemic threshold of 141 consultations per 100,000 inhabitants, the Scientific Institute of Public Health, ISP disclosed on Wednesday.
A 19-year-old student from Liège was abducted last weekend from a Brussels night club where she had been partying and taken to an apartment in Charleroi, where she was raped by five individuals before managing to alert her relatives.