A deputation of the protestors known as the Yellow Vests took to the streets of Brussels yesterday (Friday), in a demonstration planned to be about the cost of living, but which turned into a riot.
Bart Tommelein, Flemish minister for finance and energy, will give up his post at the end of the month instead of waiting for the regional elections in May next year as previously announced, he said.
A demonstration by the protestors known as the “gilets jaunes” or Yellow Vests from their adoption of a high-visibility jacket as a uniform, will take place in Brussels today after all, the Brussels-Ixelles police zone has confirmed.
Karel De Gucht, a former foreign minister and European trade Commissioner, has refused a deal with the tax authorities over alleged tax evasion, and now faces the possibility of criminal charges. De Gucht is suspected along with his wife, Mireille Schreurs.
Emmanuelle Praet, the TV presenter suspended by RTL at the weekend over what the company alleged were “unacceptable remarks,” has had her contract terminated.
A decision by federal secretary of state for asylum, Theo Francken, to limit the number of asylum applications accepted by the Office for Foreigners to 60 a day is an example of “organised incompetence,” according to the non-profit organisation Plateforme Citoyenne.
A difference of opinion in political circles over the money paid to politicians who leave the job has been sparked off again by the news that Jo Vandeurzen, now minister of health in the Flemish government, is to collect €400,000 when he leaves politics in May next year.

Macron impressed by Molenbeek

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:01
French president Emmanuel Macron left yesterday after a two-day official visit to Belgium, the first by a French head of state in 47 years. And the major impression he took away with him was the spirit of the young people of Molenbeek.

Two more ministers to leave government in 2019

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:33
Another two ministers have announced their decision to leave government at the elections in 2019 to take up the post as mayor of their home towns.
Jo Vandeurzen, currently minister for public health and welfare in the Flemish government, will leave politics at the time of the national and regional elections in 2019, he has announced.