Belgian judge to decide on ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont’s extradition on December 14

Catalonia’s sacked leader Carles Puigdemont delivers a speech during a meeting with Catalan mayors in Brussels on November 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP) A Belgian judge will decide next week whether the ousted Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, should be sent back to Spain to face rebellion charges. Puigdemont’s lawyers said on Monday that the decision […]

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Belgian judge grants ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont provisional release

A Belgian judge has conditionally released Catalonia’s sacked president, Carles Puigdemont, and four ex-ministers, after they turned themselves to police in Brussels to face possible extradition to Spain over “rebellion” plots. The five Catalan politicians fled to Belgium after Spanish authorities removed them from office in late October. They were taken into custody on Sunday […]

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Thousands of Belgian workers rally in Brussels to protest planned labor law reforms

Thousands of Belgian workers have staged a massive rally in Brussels to protest against the government’s planned reforms and labor laws, disrupting public transport and traffic.  Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere estimated that around 45,000 people had joined the rally in the Belgian capital on Thursday. However, unions said at least 70,000 workers […]

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Belgian minister to be prosecuted over anti-Muslim jibe

Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon ©AFP A number of Belgians have brought a criminal case against Interior Minister Jan Jambon over his ‘offensive comments about Muslims’ following Daesh terror attacks in Brussels. Speaking to the Flemish-language newspaper De Standaard on April 16, Jambon claimed that a “significant” number of Belgian Muslim population celebrated the deadly assaults. The minister, […]

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Clashes have broken out between police and people protesting against the new Belgian government’s austerity

The clashes came after a two-hour peaceful march by some 100,000 workers in the city on Thursday. Belgian police deployed tear gas, water cannon and pepper spray against the demonstrators when some of them began hurling objects at officers, torching bins, overturning cars, and setting off fireworks.  Clashes have broken out between police and people […]

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