On Thursday, the Dutch magazine Knack confirmed that Belgium has not, for now, succeeded in recruiting all of the customs officers promised to cope with Britain’s exit from the European Union, scheduled for the 29 March this year.
World-known Israeli author and peace activist Amos Oz died of cancer last Friday at the age of 79. His funeral took place yesterday at Kibbutz Hulda where he had been living in the past.
In his 2019 New Year’s message to the citizens of the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned about the dangers ahead but listed some reasons for hope in solving some of the current international conflicts.
European Central Bank (ECB) President Draghi confirmed on 13 December that its quantitative easing (QE) extended asset purchase programme (APP) would come to an end after almost 4 years.
On Sunday, the British International Trade minister Liam Fox said he thought the chances of the UK still leaving the EU were “50-50” if the current deal was rejected. 
Russia’s gas exports to Europe reached a record high in 2018 despite diplomatic tensions and the will of the European Union to reduce its dependence on Russia, Gazprom reported on Friday.
On Thursday, Kinshasa ordered the European Union (EU) to withdraw its representative from the Democratic Republic of the Congo within “48 hours”.
The Belgian Cabinet made decisions on Thursday in a official document relating to preparations in the case of absence of an agreement being negotiated by 29 March 2019 (the so-called “no deal” scenario).

Kurds in Syria abandoned by EU and US

Tuesday, 25 December 2018 08:32
President Trump announced last Wednesday in a Tweet that the US would withdraw its diplomats at once from Syria and the remaining 2,000 American special forces in the north of the country within a short period.

Non-transparent EU funding to NGOs

Friday, 21 December 2018 13:23
The European Court of Auditors (EAC) criticized on Tuesday the way in which EU funding is channelled through NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations).