About 20 French-speaking Belgian politicians of foreign origin from various parties organised a meeting with the press on Friday in Brussels to jumpstart a broad movement against racism.
Politicians and others have been reacting to the revelation of the existence in Belgium of a strongly nationalist, racist and xenophobic group calling itself Schild & Vrienden, as we reported yesterday.
Severance pay for the MePs amounts to 9,551 euros (gross) per month, for no more than 24 months, Le Soir reports Thursday, observing that, due to the decumulation of functions, there could be more allowances of this sort as of 2019.
About 20 members of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA)’s youth wing are involved “in one way or another” in the ultra-right Flemish youth movement Schild & Vrienden, according to the president of the Young N-VA, Thomas Roggeman.
The president of the Socialist Party Differently (sp.a), John Crombez, on Tuesday called on Antwerp Mayor Bart De Wever to focus on the scope of the drug problem in his own party.
Police will turn out in force for a visit today by controversial Dutch politicians Geert Wilders to the Antwerp branch of Vlaams Belang (VB), according to the national agency for risk assessment OCAD.
The arrival of 1 September brings with it a number of legal and other changes:
Anyone renting a house or apartment in Flanders in future will have an automatic right to keep a pet, the region’s animal welfare minister Ben Weyts announced.

Demir: Headscarf has no place in schools

Saturday, 25 August 2018 12:49
The hijab – the headscarf worn by Muslim women as the minimum form of coverage – should be the subject of a ban in schools under the next legislature, according to federal secretary of state Zuhal Demir.
Henri Huygen, formerly a councillor in the commune of Ans near Liege, has been expelled from the party after allegations he made homophobic remarks in relation to a council colleague.