Forced to team up with his former socialist foes to govern Antwerp, New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) leader Bart De Wever says he hopes his 2018-2024 term of office will be calmer than his first.
A collective of 14 organisations want the designation of unelected municipal councillors to be authorised and are calling on political parties to amend Article 162 of the Constitution to that end, La Libre Belgique reported on Friday.
Minister of State Louis Michel was heavily criticised by Congolese opposition politicians in late December and has received many letters containing death threats, Sudpresse newspapers reported on Friday.
The Yellow Vests will exclude “politicians” from their group, according to the movement’s spokesman in Luxembourg Province, Zoran Starcevic, quoted on Thursday by Sudpresse newspapers.
As Belgium undergoes “strong political tensions”, King Philippe said on Monday that he trusted in the “sense of responsibility” of its leaders to “act in the interest of the country and the population.”
"It’s the only way things will really change”, says Herman De Bode, the former cabinet head for Home Affairs minister Jan Jambon (N-VA).
King Philippe accepted the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Charles Michel on Friday and asked it to stay on as a caretaker administration, the Royal Palace stated in a communique.

Council of State scraps daily asylum limits

Friday, 21 December 2018 10:38
The Council of State has struck down an instruction introduced at the end of November by former migration minister Theo Francken limiting the number of asylum applications handled by the Office for Foreigners to 50 a day.
The resignation of the government led by prime minister Charles Michel has made headlines across the world, as well as in Belgium.
Prime minister Charles Michel last night resigned his government and travelled to Laeken to announce his decision to the king.