Arrest in Molenbeek after axe attack in a café

Arrest in Molenbeek after axe attack in a café

A man suspected of attacking an individual with an axe at a cafe in Brussels was arrested on Monday afternoon, according to reports. The suspect had fought with another man in a café in Molenbeek on Sunday. A third person had intervened to separate the man and the suspect, who then promised to come back for revenge, reports RTLinfo. He did, returning to the same cafe on Monday where he hit his rival several times with an axe. The victim was taken to hospital in a critical state, but he…

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Senior official at the European Commission committees suicide following hiring scandal

Senior official at the European Commission committees suicide following hiring scandal

A senior official in the Commission’s legal service committed suicide last December after a distinguished career. The tragedy is said to be linked to her involvement in the controversial appointment of the Commission’s new Secretary-General Martin Selmayr, French newspaper Liberation reported on Thursday. According to its Brussels correspondent Jean Quatremer, who wrote a number of investigative articles about the appointment process, the official found herself in a situation of conflict of interests when she was forced to defend the appointment against her values in the Commission’s replies to the European…

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Brodsky threatened judge before the indictment of American drug dealer

Brodsky threatened judge before the indictment of American drug dealer

A judge from Kiev has received threats on the eve of decision on arresting of an American drug lord. The later was detained last week in the capital of Ukraine. The threats were traced back to Mikhail Brodsky, a local businessman and politician, with whom the drug dealer held a meeting. The site of the prosecution office of Kiev reported that US citizen will be held under arrest for forty days. He will be kept in the city’s detainment center until the decision on deportation will take place. He will…

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Around 30,000 people march for climate in Brussels

Around 30,000 people march for climate in Brussels

Latest figures show that some 30,000 people marched through the streets of the capital on Friday to mark the international strike for the climate, according to the Brussels-Capital / Ixelles police. Flemish activist Anuna De Wever, accompanied by her grandmother, described this day of global mobilization as historic. “This is a very strong signal. Strikes are going on in more than 100 countries. The movement continues to grow,” she said. This massive mobilisation for the climate is of an unprecedented scale and has been taking place all over the globe…

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French government unprepared for gilets jaunes riots, critics say

French government unprepared for gilets jaunes riots, critics say

The French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has held talks with ministers after opposition politicians accused the government of being unprepared for rioting during gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests on the Champs Élysées in Paris. The president, Emmanuel Macron promised to come up with strong measures to prevent further violence after rioters threw paving stones at police and restaurants, luxury stores, news kiosks and cars were torched, ransacked and looted. The police had seemed overrun as both rioters and protesters filled the Champs Élysées on Saturday afternoon. Masked men vandalised and…

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Flemish animal welfare minister Weyts gets thank-you letter from Pamela Anderson

Flemish animal welfare minister Weyts gets thank-you letter from Pamela Anderson

Ben Weyts, minister for animal welfare in the Flemish government, has had a letter from a well-wisher – none other than Baywatch star Pamela Anderson. Anderson, an animal rights activist, was writing to congratulate Weyts and the Flemish government on their decision to ban the raising of animals for fur and for force-feeding. Fur farming is already banned in Wallonia and Brussels region, although neither had any fur farming facilities at the time of the ban. The Flemish government decided in July last year to introduce a ban on the…

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The secret meeting of Belgium’s athletics bosses

The secret meeting of Belgium’s athletics bosses

The time and venue of a meeting of Belgium’s top athletics officials, announced for Wednesday, are being kept secret, according to the national Olympics committee, COIB. This is to make sure that “it can be held as calmly as possible to find a solution without pressure and put all the chances on our side,” COIB communications officer Luc Rampaer told Belga news agency on Tuesday. The meeting is seen as an opportunity to bring the different regional and national athletics bodies together around the same table. It will involve national…

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Regional parks will be closed on Friday in Brussels

Regional parks will be closed on Friday in Brussels

Regional parks in Brussels will be closed on Friday 15 March due to adverse weather conditions, Brussels Environment announced on Thursday in a press release. They will reopen on Saturday morning if the weather conditions allow it, the public service said. Friday is expected to be windy, while the ground will be waterlogged, according to the latest weather forecasts. Parks in Brussels have already been closed on a number of occasions in recent days due to the heavy winds that have hit Belgium, uprooting many trees. Last weekend, for example,…

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Belgians spent almost 1,300 euro each online in 2018

Belgians spent almost 1,300 euro each online in 2018

2018 was another record year for e-commerce in Belgium. According to figures from the e-commerce industry federation BeCommerce the average Belgian spent 1,273 euro online last year. Tickets and clothing are Belgians’ most frequent online purchases. Meanwhile, the greatest total cash amount spent is accounted for by holidays. 90 percent of people in Belgium over the age of 15 (some 8.3 million people) bought something online last year. According to BeCommerce’s figures we did so an average of 11.6 times, spending an average of 1,273 euro each on online purchases….

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Companies prefer Dublin and Amsterdam to Brussels post-Brexit

Companies prefer Dublin and Amsterdam to Brussels post-Brexit

Brussels has been largely unsuccessful in attracting businesses currently based in the United Kingdom to switch following the country’s departure from the European Union, according to a report by the think tank New Financial. Some 275 banking and financial businesses based in the UK have expressed a wish to shift all or some operations to mainland Europe in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. But Brussels has been less successful than other EU capitals at attracting those businesses to the region. So far, New Financial reports, 250 of those firms…

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