Belgium in Brief: Hazard ‘too fat’, De Wever sets sail and Reynders faces the EP
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Belgium in Brief: Hazard ‘too fat’, De Wever sets sail and Reynders faces the EP

Eden Hazard faces insults from football fans and critics over his weight, a power cut interrupts the hearing of Didier Reynders and Teen climate activists Anuna De Wever and Adelaïde Charlier embark on a transatlantic journey.

Here’s a recap of the news you might have missed this morning:

1. ‘Black march’ to denounce conditional release of serial child killer Dutroux’s accomplice

A “Black March” to denounce the conditional release of serial child killer Marc Dutroux’s accomplice is set to take place on the 23rd anniversary of a historic protest held in memory of the pair’s victims. Read more.

2. Belgian European Commission candidate denies ‘corruption’ allegations, interrupted by power cut

The hearing of the Belgian European Commissioner candidate, Didier Reynders (MR), on Wednesday morning has been interrupted following a power cut in the European Parliament. Read more.

3. Belgium’s Youth for Climate leaders set sail across Atlantic

Teen climate activists Anuna De Wever and Adelaïde Charlier will embark on a transatlantic journey on Wednesday aboard a Brazil-bound sailing ship in order to attend a global climate summit. Read more.

4. Belgian Real Madrid football player Hazard faces criticism for being ‘too fat’

Eden Hazard, the Belgian Real Madrid player, has been heavily criticised for his lack of speed and his excess weight by football critics as well as Real Madrid fans. Read more.

5. Blood supply for blood group O+ and AB- ‘critically low’, says Flemish Red Cross

The Flemish Red Cross made an urgent call for more blood donors, as the supply for all blood groups are very low. The blood supply for negative blood groups and O+ is critically low, said the Red Cross. Read more.

6. 800 demonstrate in Brussels against People’s Republic of China

Around 800 people gathered on Tuesday afternoon in Brussels to protest against the regime of the People’s Republic of China, on the 70th anniversary of its establishment. Read more.

7. Hooverphonic announced as Belgian Eurovision 2020 candidate

The band members, Alex Callier, Raymond Geerts and Luka Cruysberghs are currently working on their song for the contest, which will be in English, reports Eurovision TV. Read more.

Jules Johnston
The Brussels Times

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