Prime Minister Charles Michel had this message for unregistered immigrants and those sheltering them: “seek asylum! Join the Rule of Law”.
The Flemish parliament has received no request from Catalan leader Carlos Puigdemont to host his swearing-in ceremony as the head of Catalonia’s Government, a source said.
The Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Policy, Theo Francken, has reacted on Twitter to a New York Times article in which he is dubbed “a Flemish Trump” by sharing a video in which he denies being “anti-migration”.
The resignation of the Secretary of State for Asylum, Theo Francken, is not on the cards, the chairman of the Christian Democratic and Flemish party, CD&V, Wouter Beke, said on Monday after a meeting of the party’s executive.
Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Friday called on the European Commission to hold dialogue with the Catalan pro-independence group just as it is doing with the Spanish Government.
Prime Minister Charles Michel stressed the importance of Belgium’s international commitments on Wednesday and said he had no intention of absenting himself from international meetings.
The New Flemish Alliance, N-VA, will not sign any energy pact that mandates the closure of nuclear plants by 2025, newspapers from the Mediahuis group reported on Friday.

“Today we are all Catalans!” N-VA says

Thursday, 07 December 2017 18:29
Belgium’s co-ruling New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) was present in the crowd of Catalans who demonstrated on Thursday in Brussels in favour of self-determination for Catalonia.
Former Prime Minister of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont said on Wednesday that he wanted to return “as quickly as possible” to Spain, but that he was the target of political prosecution by Madrid.
“I have no link with the Salafist branch of Islam; on the contrary, I always criticize radical or Salafist ideas and I fight against extremism and radicalism,” the imam of the Great Mosque of Brussels, Abdelhady Sewif, said in an interview with Knack magazine.