The fight against racism is one and indivisible: it cannot be divided into forms of racism that must be condemned and others that can be accepted, Brussels Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort said on Tuesday on the occasion of Labour Day.
Brussels Mayor Philippe Close on Tuesday called on Socialists to focus more attention on housing – currently the remit of the Christian Democratic and Humanist (chH) party, editor’s note - for the next few years.
The president of the Socialist Party (PS), Elio Di Rupo, on Tuesday proposed the establishment in 2019 of a “new social pact” to replace the “destructive” programme of Belgium’s Reformist Movement/New Flemish Alliance (MR/N-VA) government, which, he said, has pursued a “hard neoliberal policy”.
112 criminals and terrorists have had their right to live in Belgium revoked since the law on foreign nationals was updated a year ago.
Just after arriving in New York for the UN General Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, accompanied by Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, visited the Power and Grace Exposition, featuring paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens, at the Morgan Library & Museum.
Secretary of State Theo Francken travelled to Albania on Wednesday on a mission to dissuade Albanians from fleeing their country to seek a better life in Belgium.
The resumption of a political dialogue on the Syrian crisis, whether with Iran or Russia, is a priority, as opposed to sanctions against Moscow, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said on Monday on arriving at a meeting with his European counterparts in Luxembourg.
The foreign ministers of Belgium and Germany, Didier Reynders and Heiko Maas respectively, stressed on Friday the importance of finding a political situation to the Syrian conflict and avoiding an escalation.

No Islam Party gathering in Mons, says Mayor

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:48
Any application by the Islam Party to hold a gathering in Mons will be rejected, the Belga news agency learned on Wednesday, thus confirming information reported by Sudpresse.
Federal State Secretary Philippe De Backer (Open Vld) wants to use data from mileage checks and number-plate recognition cameras to fight social fraud, he told VTM Nieuws on Sunday.