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7 July 2017

According to the N-VA, Turkey is once again in breach of the diplomatic, national and international rules by enlisting its staff seconded abroad to carry out active espionage activities. This can be seen in an internal memo in which the Turkish government calls on its military personnel posted …

7 July 2017

The European Parliament has approved the most strongly-worded report ever on Turkey. “An overwhelming majority wants to suspend the pre-accession aid as soon as the accession negotiations are put on hold. However, we want that financing to be stopped with immediate effect,” says MEP Mark …

5 July 2017

Like many other countries, Belgium has a tax treaty with Switzerland. However, that treaty still contains a number of limitations, among other things to protect banking secrecy. “That’s now about to change,” says Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt. “That’s because a modification to that tax …

5 July 2017

“The protection of religious and ideological minorities in the Middle East and North Africa has to become a spearhead of our foreign policy,” the Flemish N-VA group believes. In a unanimously-approved resolution by the Flemish Parliament, it is calling on among others, the Flemish Government, to …

2 July 2017

Last March, the UK officially set in motion the proceedings that will lead to its withdrawal from the European Union. Flemish fishermen are paying particularly close attention to the negotiations on the future fishing policy - especially now that London has announced its intent to pull out of the …

30 June 2017

Anyone residing illegally in Belgium and who will not repatriate voluntarily must be transferred by the Immigration Service to a closed centre, where a mandatory repatriation is then organised. The problem with that is that it can currently only be done if the person is found in a public place …