The women's strike held yesterday, on the International Day of the Rights of Women, made its effects felt in different ways across the country. A brief round-up:

Women on strike today for equal rights

Friday, 08 March 2019 10:21
Today is International Women's Day, marked by the United Nations on 8 May since 1975, and for the 2019 edition the official theme is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. In Belgium, however, the slogan is “When women stop, the world stops”.
Several thousand multi-generational participants were in today’s march for the climate in Louvain-la-Neuve, with the presence of Youth for Climate’s main leaders as well as representatives of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain), including Dean Vincent Blondel.
The French border at Adinkerque (La Panne) was closed to trucks again this morning, which generates traffic problems in the area, Flemish Traffic Centre (Vlaams Verkeerscentrum) reported.
The CDH (Christian democratic French-speaking political party in Belgium) is ready to leave the European People's Party (EPP) if they do not exclude from their ranks Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Brussels’ humanists leader Joëlle Milquet said.
Prospective home-owners have been rushing to obtain planning permission to build new houses before the Flemish government's plan to stop all new construction comes into force, the papers report. However the plans have now been sent back to the drawing board.
Alain Destexhe, a member of the Brussels parliament and the Senate and a veteran member of the conservative party MR, has quit the party and set up his own right-wing party which he has described as “a sort of francophone N-VA”.
Flemish MPs supported by the government are currently drafting a decree to prepare Flanders for a no deal Brexit scenario.

Eurostar owner addresses Brexit impact

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 09:44
The head of France's SNCF railways has addressed fears that Brexit might majorly disrupt Eurostar links to Britain.
Ecolo (Green francophone party) has proposed to make public transport free for job-seekers and persons registered at a CPAS (Centre Public d'Action Sociale), the party's co-chairman Jean-Marc Nollet indicated in today’s Sudpresse columns.