Belgium

June 21, 2022

Ukrainian demonstrators want boycott of Lukoil petrol sales in Belgium

The Russian oil company is continuing to sell petrol at its Belgian pumps.
June 20, 2022

National strike sees Brussels airport cancel all outgoing flights

Around 80,000 people are said to have taken part in the protests in Belgium on Monday.
June 20, 2022

Belgium returns Patrice Lumumba’s tooth to family 61 years after his murder

Congolese independence hero’s gold-capped tooth handed over as ex-colonial power faces its bloody pastBelgian authorities have returned a tooth of the murdered Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba to his children, in a new move towards recognition of atrocities that accompanied the country’s brutal exploitation of the former colony.The relic is all that remains of Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), under its earlier name the Republic of Congo, and an icon of the struggle against colonialism in Africa, who was murdered by separatists and Belgian mercenaries in 1961. His killers dissolved his remains in acid, though some kept his teeth as macabre mementoes. Continue reading...
June 18, 2022

Belgium to return Patrice Lumumba’s gold tooth in bid to atone for colonial crimes

Relic of the murdered Republic of Congo leader will be returned to his family as Brussels confronts its bloody past in AfricaThe Belgian government will return a tooth of Patrice Lumumba to his family this week, hoping to draw a line under one of the most brutal and shameful episodes in the country’s bloody exploitation of central Africa.The relic is all that remains of Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, under its earlier name Republic of Congo, and an icon of the struggle against colonialism in Africa, who was murdered by separatists and Belgian mercenaries in 1961. His killers dissolved his remains in acid, though some kept teeth as macabre mementoes. Continue reading...
June 18, 2022

Mystery of Waterloo’s dead soldiers to be re-examined by academics

Modern techniques to test traditional explanation that most bones from 1815 battle were ground into powder for fertiliserIt was an epic battle that has been commemorated in words, poetry and even a legendary Abba song, but 207 years to the day after troops clashed at Waterloo, a gruesome question remains: what happened to the dead?While tens of thousands of men and horses died at the site in modern-day Belgium, few remains have been found, with amputated legs and a skeleton unearthed beneath a car park south of Brussels among the handful of discoveries. Continue reading...
June 11, 2022

Forget the thrill of the chase, only rarely do football’s biggest signings work out | Jonathan Wilson

Examine the 20 biggest deals and it is clear money is best spent on rising stars rather than off-the-shelf celebritiesThe Nations League drags on, a good idea cheapened by circumstances as weary fans and weary journalists try to summon the will to care about weary players playing out what numerous managers have said they’re treating as World Cup preparation, wearily. Who can summon the energy to care about who might be England’s third-choice right-back? Who can be bothered to watch another VAR replay of two feet coming together? If a player wonders whether yet another forward surge to block a passing lane is worth it, who can blame him?It’s getting so bad that even adding up the combined age of Belgium’s centre-backs is beginning to lose its lustre. It’s not just that the compression of the calendar because of Covid, the November World Cup and greed has left everybody fatigued. It’s that the Nations League is eating into the most wonderful time of the year: the transfer window. Continue reading...
June 10, 2022

Macron’s Europe minister braces for make-or-break Paris election

Clément Beaune is standing in key seat against leftwing alliance candidate as French president tries to win parliamentary majorityEmmanuel Macron’s Europe minister, Clément Beaune, is at the heart of a brutal political battle in Paris this weekend as the centrist French government tries to win a parliamentary majority against a new leftwing alliance.Beaune, 40, seen as a rising star in Macron’s circle, helped craft the French president’s pro-Europe policy – influenced by his international student days in Dublin and Belgium – and famously piled pressure on the UK during last year’s post-Brexit fishing rights dispute. Continue reading...
June 9, 2022

Goodbye Divock Origi, Liverpool's never-to-be forgotten cult hero | Sachin Nakrani

Striker will shortly leave the club after a memorable eight-year spell there that is also a source of pride in his native BelgiumA little while after Liverpool had lifted the Premier League trophy at a near-empty but electrified Anfield in July 2020, ending that 30-year wait for the title, something caught the attention of observers inside the ground. All players and staff had departed down the tunnel before one suddenly reappeared: Divock Origi. He walked towards the centre circle and, amid the ticker tape, put his arms behind his back and fixed his gaze on the Kop. It was a curious sight but also, it felt, a telling one – this was the Belgian’s way of saying goodbye.If it was goodbye then it was a long one because only now, close to two years later, is Origi leaving Liverpool, the club announcing on Thursday that the striker will depart when his contract expires at the end of the month. Milan, recently crowned Serie A champions, are heavily reported to be his next destination. Continue reading...
June 2, 2022

‘On the throne till I drop’: how does British monarchy compare with European royals?

Some monarchies have modernised to stay relevant but other dynasties have not been so successfulWhile the pomp and tradition of the British monarchy continue to fascinate people and media around the world, the Windsors are far from the only royal dynasty to have survived into the 21st century. Other European monarchies, from Spain to Belgium and from Norway to the Netherlands, have made similar efforts to adapt, modernise and stay relevant. Some have been more successful than others.Spain’s royal family, once seen as a model of modest, modern monarchy, has endured a turbulent few years. Juan Carlos, long lauded for helping to steer the country back to democracy after the Franco dictatorship – and facing down an attempted coup in 1981 – has had a protracted fall from grace. Continue reading...
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