New euro ’empire’ plot by Brussels

New euro ’empire’ plot by Brussels

European Union chiefs are drawing up plans for a single “Treasury” to oversee tax and spending across the 17 eurozone nations. The proposal, put forward by Herman Van Rompuy, the European Council president, would be the clearest sign yet of a new “United States of Europe” — with Britain left on the sidelines. The plan comes as European governments desperately trying to save the euro from collapse last night faced a new bombshell, with sources at the International Monetary Fund saying it would not pay for a second Greek bail-out….

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Chaos in Brussels airport strike

Chaos in Brussels airport strike

Thousands of passengers have been left stranded amid chaotic scenes at Brussels airport after a second day of industrial action by baggage handlers. Most flights out of the airport have been cancelled, delayed or diverted as a result of the strike over pay and working conditions. Passengers have been searching for bags amidst a heap of up to 20,000 pieces of luggage in the arrivals terminal. Unions and management have so far failed to reach an agreement. The Aviapartner and Flightcare staff began a surprise initial 24-hour walkout on Sunday…

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Madeleine McCann Brussels sighting dismissed

Madeleine McCann Brussels sighting dismissed

The father of a young blonde girl who appeared on film on August 4 came forward to explain that his daughter was not the missing girl. Lieve Pellens, spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, said: “He saw this picture and obviously for him it was very easy recognising the girl accompanied by a woman in a veil. “It’s her nanny – she is a young Moroccan woman who is qualified to look after children and works in a care centre.” Clarence Mitchell said: “I am very pleased that this…

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Belgians confront colonial past

Belgians confront colonial past

Belgians are finally learning the unvarnished truth about the brutalities of their colonial past – and they are queuing up to find out more. An exhibition at the Royal Museum for Central Africa just outside Brussels, entitled Memory of Congo: The Colonial Era, has been attracting 2,000 visitors a day. Congo, which is now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, was Belgium’s only African colony, and from 1885 to 1908 it was the personal possession of King Leopold II, who ran it like an enormous private business, plundering its…

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Cocaine traces at EU parliament

Cocaine traces at EU parliament

Cocaine traces have been found at the European Parliament in an inquiry by one of Germany’s main broadcasters. The Sat-1 channel sent reporters to take 46 swabs from toilets and other public areas of the Brussels buildings. Nearly all tested positive for cocaine. A European Parliament spokeswoman said cocaine abuse was not a problem among staff working at the buildings. A professor who analysed the samples said the amounts found were too great to have been carried in on clothing. “It simply reflects the fact that cocaine was brought in…

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Orders from Brussels: Spell Christ with a lower-case “c”

Orders from Brussels: Spell Christ with a lower-case “c”

It must be getting a little too close for Christmas for the chi-chi crystal palace of the pretentious European Union. Pooh-bahs in Brussels have come up with a new grammar rule for themselves and the Netherlands–making it official that the name “Christ” will soon be written with a lower-case “c”. That was the stipulation in an orthography reform published earlier this month in Brussels. According to the Kath.net agency, the new spelling legislation will also stipulate that the Dutch word for “jews” (joden) be spelled with a capital “J” when…

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Language dispute divides Belgium

Language dispute divides Belgium

The Belgian government has won a vote of confidence in parliament after months of failed negotiations about language rights in an electoral district on the edge of Brussels. The dispute pits the country’s Dutch-speaking Flemish population against the French-speaking Walloons. A decision about how to solve the problem has now been put off for another two years – but it has already brought bigger questions into focus about Belgium’s future as a unified country. The current dispute is complicated – how should an electoral district which includes suburban Flanders and…

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86-year-old Iranian painter’s works on display in Brussels

86-year-old Iranian painter’s works on display in Brussels

Iranian painter Reza Laal Riahi completed 86 years of his life last September. He was born in Mashhad on September 26, 1918 but has been living since 1963 in Brussels, where he creates oil paintings. Six of his paintings were recently put on display in an art exhibition in the Wezembeek-Oppem suburb of Brussels. “I paint everything and all subjects, portraits, scenery animals,” Riahi told IRNA. A former colonel in the Iranian Army, Riahi studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Tehran and taught there from 1953-1960. Riahi…

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