Rachid Madrane worried about radicalism in sports clubs

Rachid Madrane worried about radicalism in sports clubs

The Minister for Assistance for Youth and Sports of the Wallonia Brussels Federation, Rachid Madrane, said on Monday in La Libre Belgique that he had previously been stopped and questioned by the authorities. This was in respect of radicalisation in sports clubs. Mr Madrane indicated, “This abuse, although limited, does indeed appear to exist. This is, in particular, the case in clandestine locations, where combat training takes place. Such training is used both to recruit and radicalise youngsters.” He does, however, guard against “generalising” but asks that everyone “be attentive…

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N-VA calls for dialogue on independence for Catalonia

N-VA calls for dialogue on independence for Catalonia

Belgium’s New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party has called for dialogue on independence for Catalonia, the party said in a press release following Sunday’s referendum in the Spanish region. “Catalans expressed themselves clearly despite the intimidation,” the president of the Flemish nationalists, Bart De Wever, said. “For the N-VA it’s clear that a dialogue has to be launched with a view to following up the will expressed by the Catalan people.” Results from the referendum show that 90% of voters chose independence. The N-VA said it condemned the violence perpetrated on…

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Unemployment down to 9.1% in the euro zone in August

Unemployment down to 9.1% in the euro zone in August

Unemployment in the euro zone, adjusted for seasonal variations, was 9.1% in August 2017, down from 9.9% for the corresponding month of last year and its lowest rate since February 2009, the European Statistical Office, Eurostat, reported on Monday. The jobless rate in the 28 European Union (EU 28) countries went down from 7.7% in July 2017 to 7.6% in August 2017. This was the lowest rate in the EU since November 2008. In August 2017, 18.747 million men and women were without jobs in the EU28, 14.751 million of…

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Shadow banking totals 128 billion euros in Belgium

Shadow banking totals 128 billion euros in Belgium

Parallel banking activities, known as shadow banking, amounted to 128 billion euros in Belgium at the end of 2016, according to a report by the National Bank of Belgium, BNB, and the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA). Shadow banking refers to credit activities outside the traditional banking framework. The BNB and FSMA noted that these activities concern mainly monetary and placement funds that are not considered equity funds. Most of these funds come under the supervision of the Belgian authorities. The report was commissioned by Finance Minister Johan Van…

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Red Devils begin preparations for last two World Cup qualifiers

Red Devils begin preparations for last two World Cup qualifiers

The Red Devils today begin preparations for their last two qualifiers for the 2018 Football World Cup: against Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Saturday, October 7, and on Tuesday, October 10, against Cyprus. They need wins in both matches to be among the eight top teams at the World Cup draw in Moscow on December 1. Twenty-seven players are scheduled to go to Tubize, but the actual number on the field of the Belgian Football Center is certain to be lower. Manchester City trainer Pep Guardiola has, in fact, announced that Vincent Kompany…

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