When Russian president Vladimir Putin made a state visit to Belgium in January, he came bearing a remarkable gift – a pack of letters written by King Albert I, the great-grandfather of the present king and namesake of his father.
Prime minister Charles Michel (photo) looks almost certain to face a vote of confidence in the federal parliament, to allow his minority government to carry on in office and avoid a national election five months earlier than scheduled.
The ecologists have tabled a draft resolution to “reposition” Belgium’s climate objectives, calling on Prime Minister Charles Michel and their colleagues in parliament to take advantage of the “moment without the N-VA”.
The “firm but humane” asylum policy will continue, deputy prime minister Alexander De Croo said on TV programme De Zevende Dag on Sunday.
“I am disappointed, but we will continue to fight: we are not giving up”, Theo Francken (N-VA) said during a speech in Lubbeck on Sunday.
Prime minister Charles Michel takes a plane for Marrakesh today, determined to communicate Belgium’s support for the United Nations’ migration pact, despite the fact that he leaves behind the collapse of his majority government over that very issue.
Federal ministers this week approved a new Maritime Plan for the North Sea – which no longer includes a project to create an artificial island off the coast of Knokke.
Madrid is annoyed by tweets from new Belgian Defence Minister Sander Loones (New Flemish Alliance, N-VA) on the Catalan issue, and this could become a diplomatic incident, De Tijd reported on Thursday.
As of the time of writing, the Belgian federal government is still standing. By the time readers come to this, there is a strong possibility that the government coalition that has existed until now will have dissolved.
Sunday’s Claim the Climate march in Brussels, with 65-75,000 people taking part (depending on who is estimating) was the biggest of its kind the country has ever seen, and dwarfed only by a march against nuclear weapons in 1983, and the White March against inaction against child abuse in 1996,…