Update: Polls open in Belgium in EU, national elections

Europe 05/26/19, 01:11

The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local):8:05 a.m.Belgians are heading to the polls in European Union, national and regional elections Sunday.List of candidates are placed in a polling station ahead of Sunday's European Elections, in Rozzano, near Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 25, 2019. Some 400 million ...

As EU votes, Belgians hope to end national stalemate

Europe 05/24/19, 02:44

While all EU members go to the polls this week, Belgians on Sunday are also voting in a general election, looking to end months of political limbo sparked after the biggest party in the governing coalition quit over Prime Minister Charles Michel's support for the U.N. migration pact.Michel has steered ...

Macron’s plea for Europe gets backing outside French borders

Europe 03/05/19, 03:46

French President Emmanuel Macron's plea in the publications of 28 nations for a stronger European Union has gained support from neighboring Belgium and Finland.In a tweet Tuesday, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila offered support for Macron's call for "security, sustainable growth and ambitious climate policy."Sipila added that people needed to ...

Belgian media: King asks Michel to lead caretaker Cabinet

Europe 12/21/18, 06:27

Belgian media says King Philippe has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel but wants the premier to stay on at the head of a caretaker government until elections are held in May.Quoting Royal Palace sources, state broadcaster RTBF said Friday that the king had noted a willingness among ...

Belgian king consults party leaders after PM offers to quit

Europe 12/19/18, 04:43

Belgium's King Philippe is consulting leaders of political parties to work out who should govern the country until the next elections after Prime Minister Charles Michel handed in his resignation.The king was expected to meet several party leaders Wednesday as he weighs whether to keep Michel temporarily in office at ...

Belgian premier resigns as coalition comes under pressure

Europe 12/18/18, 14:14

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned amid pressure on his government after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for the U.N. global compact on migration.Michel told Belgian lawmakers Tuesday that "I am taking the decision to offer my resignation. I am now going to see ...

Police, anti-migration protesters clash at EU headquarters

Europe 12/16/18, 10:34

Police fired tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators who had congregated around the European Union's headquarters in Brussels after marching against a new United Nations migration pact.Protestors face off against the police during an anti-migrant demonstration outside of EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. (AP Photo)Protestors grab objects to ...

Update: Brexit: Belgium warns about ‘no-deal’ scenario

Europe 12/14/18, 04:24

The Latest on Brexit (all times local):10:20 a.m.Belgium's prime minister says European Union leaders aren't convinced that Britain can respect their Brexit agreement and they are planning for a potentially catastrophic "no-deal" scenario.Charles Michel said Friday that "very objectively, the signals that we heard yesterday are not especially reassuring about ...

Hundreds join yellow vest rallies in Belgium, Netherlands

Europe 12/08/18, 07:30

Hundreds of yellow-vested protesters calling for the resignation of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel marched on the European quarter of Brussels Saturday, as the movement that started in France made its mark in Belgium and the Netherlands.Police used pepper spray and scuffled with a small group of protesters who tried ...

Belgian government on brink of collapse over migration

Europe 12/05/18, 04:03

Belgium's center-right government is teetering on the brink of collapse after Prime Minister Charles Michel took the U.N. migration pact to parliament for approval against the wishes of the biggest coalition partner.Michel told RTL network early Wednesday that "whoever makes the government collapse shows a lack of responsibility," clearly targeting ...

Dispute over UN migration pact fractures Belgian government

Europe 12/04/18, 15:48

Belgium's center-right government is fighting for its survival this week after the largest coalition party broke away from its three partners and said it would not back a global U.N.-backed migration pact.The right-wing N-VA party started a social media campaign against the migration pact Tuesday, more than two months after ...

Brussels march mimics ‘yellow jacket’ France protests

Europe 11/30/18, 06:17

Dozens of "yellow jackets" protesters angry about high taxes and living costs are causing traffic chaos in Brussels, as the movement that started in France two weeks ago gains traction in Belgium.Demonstrators, called the yellow jackets, holds up an EU flag during a protest against rising fuel prices in Brussels, ...

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