The fictional menace of multiculturalism

This January, Belgium’s statistical agency, Statbel, released the first official study on the diversity of the Belgian population. The picture that emerged is one of an increasingly diverse and heterogeneous society. The study revealed that while Belgian citizens of Belgian ancestry make up just more than two-thirds of the country’s population (67.9 percent), the rest […]

Belgium court jails Iranian diplomat for 20 years over bomb plot

The Iranian diplomat was accused of plotting a thwarted 2018 bombing of an opposition rally outside French capital, Paris. A Belgian court on Thursday convicted an Iranian diplomat for plotting a thwarted 2018 bombing of an opposition rally outside French capital, Paris, and ordered him jailed for 20 years. Assadollah Assadi, now 49, was attached […]

The children colonial Belgium stole from African mothers

Monique Bitu Bingi, 71, has never forgotten how it happened. It was 1953 when the white colonials came for her in Babadi, a village in the Kasai region of what is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), then a Belgian colony. She was four, the child of a Black Congolese woman and a […]

In Pictures: European capitals hit by anti-COVID curbs protests

Protesters angry with coronavirus restrictions have staged rallies in a number of European cities, days after the Netherlands was rocked by anti-curfew riots. In Brussels, Belgian police on Sunday arrested many protesters at a non-authorised demonstration against measures aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19, including a nighttime curfew and the closing of bars and […]

Vaccine spat heats up as AstraZeneca confirms plans for EU talks

Spat between AstraZeneca and the EU raises concerns about vaccine nationalism, as nations jockey for limited supplies. The European Union’s dispute with AstraZeneca intensified Wednesday with the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker denying the EU’s assertion that it had pulled out of talks on COVID-19 vaccine supplies. AstraZeneca said in a statement that it still planned to meet […]

Frustration in Europe, North America over Pfizer vaccine delays

Pfizer announced a temporary reduction in deliveries so it could upscale its Belgium plant. Frustration is mounting from Europe to North America over reduced shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine while the United States pharmaceutical company increases production capacity at its Belgian plant. Governments say it is costing critical time during the early stages of the […]

Why did a hazing in Belgium lead to a Black student’s death?

Brussels, Belgium – On the morning of Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 20-year-old Sanda Dia was dressed in a white robe, selling roses on a cobbled street in the historic centre of Leuven, a quaint student city that is home to Belgium’s largest and oldest university, looming Gothic architecture and lively squares. A photograph shows the Black […]

US’s Pompeo to visit Brussels on Wednesday to meet NATO chief

Trip to the NATO headquarters expected to be secretary of state’s last trip as the top diplomat of outgoing President Donald Trump. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Brussels this week for meetings with NATO officials, the State Department said, in what is expected to be his last trip as the top […]

Belgium to return slain DR Congo leader’s tooth by June

DUBAI: Weeks have passed since Typhoon Vamco tore through the Philippines, yet the human and material devastation left in its wake continues to be felt strongly by people who were in the storm’s path — and by far-flung overseas Filipino communities as well. Vamco, known locally as Ulysses, killed at least 67 people after hitting […]

Iran diplomat skips opening day of bomb plot trial

An Iranian diplomat went on trial in Belgium on the charge of plotting to bomb an Iranian opposition rally outside Paris, in a case that has stoked tensions with Tehran. The trial kicked off on Friday despite Assadollah Assadi, 48, refusing to appear in the dock, claiming diplomatic immunity. However, as he was arrested in […]

Far right seizing COVID-19 ‘opportunity’ to expand: Study #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

German commissioned study says the new far-right movement is ‘leaderless, transnational, apocalyptic’ and violent. Far-right individuals in Europe and the United States are increasingly forming global links and using the coronavirus pandemic to attract anti-vaccine activists and conspiracy theorists to their cause, a study commissioned by the German foreign ministry said. The study, released on […]