The village that doesn’t have to vote

Monday, 17 September 2018 08:59
In just under a month, on 14 October, the country will go to the polls to elect their local authority representatives – with one exception.
Belgian prime minister wants to consult with his colleagues in the Benelux countries before taking a decision on scrapping the changing of the clocks between summer and winter.
Sven Gatz, minister in the Flemish government for culture, youth and Brussels, has spoken of the years he spent fighting depression – a battle that goes on still with the help of medication.
Once every six years, Belgium holds municipal elections throughout the country. On 14 October, this will happen again, including in the nineteen communes of the Region of Brussels-Capital. Foreign residents often ask why one needs these nineteen communes. Would it not be better for Brussels to form a single commune?
A candidate on the Antwerp CD&V list was arrested for drug trafficking, after 3 kg of heroin had been found in a car he was driving, Het Nieuwsblad, De Standaard, the Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg report Monday.
“We are meeting in the polling booth on the 14th of October to sanction this government’s anti-social policy and to shake up local politics,” the President of the Belgian PTB Peter Mertens said when closing the Manifiesta festival on Sunday.

Demo against racism called for Sunday in Brussels

Saturday, 08 September 2018 13:01
An organisation calling itself the Organisation against Islamophobia in Belgium (CCIB) has called for a mas demonstration again racism on Sunday in from the of Justice Palace in Brussels.
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.