Belgium

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North Sea flood devastates large areas of low-lying Europe – archive, 1953
On the night of 31 January 1953, a heavy storm struck the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, overwhelming sea defences and causing extensive flooding. See how the Guardian and Observer reported events

Compiled by Richard Nelsson

25, Jan, 2023 @12:13 PM

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Ex-MEP at heart of cash for influence scandal strikes plea bargain
Pier Antonio Panzeri will provide information on corruption network for ‘limited’ jail time

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

17, Jan, 2023 @5:51 PM

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Greek MEP Eva Kaili to stay in custody after corruption charges, says court
Kaili is one of four charged with corruption and money laundering in relation to Qatar and will go on trial in Belgium

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels and Helena Smith in Athens

22, Dec, 2022 @6:42 PM

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A police stakeout, piles of cash, and a promise of reform: the week that shook Brussels
Arrest of Greek MEP and her boyfriend at centre of top-secret investigation into a criminal conspiracy

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels and Helena Smith in Athens

16, Dec, 2022 @2:22 PM

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Four people charged over Qatar’s alleged bribing of EU officials
Charges come after Belgian police made six arrests and seized phones, computers and €600,000 in cash

Sam Jones, Helena Smith in Athens and Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

11, Dec, 2022 @4:44 PM

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Four people arrested as part of inquiry into Gulf state buying EU influence
Belgian police seized cash and searched 16 properties across Brussels during major investigation into corruption and money laundering

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

09, Dec, 2022 @3:19 PM

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‘I’m in crisis every day’: prices outpace Belgians’ inflation-matched pay
Even in a country with automatic increases to pay and benefits, there are concerns over the cost of living

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

06, Dec, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Trial of 10 accused in 2016 Brussels terror attack begins on Monday
Survivors will give evidence in specially constructed court after Belgium’s worst peacetime atrocity

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

04, Dec, 2022 @1:40 PM

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Tori and Lokita review – urgent, moving drama of young migrants in peril
Joely Mbundu and Pablo Schils are remarkable as two young west African migrants in Belgium, fighting for survival in the Dardenne brothers’ latest Cannes-feted release

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

04, Dec, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Rioters torch a car in Brussels after Belgium’s World Cup defeat to Morocco
Police sealed off parts of the city centre and deployed water cannon to disperse crowds after the violence

Nadeem Badshah

27, Nov, 2022 @8:11 PM

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Twitter reportedly disbands Brussels office, leading to compliance concern
Platform could struggle to enforce new EU laws covering power of big tech companies and hate speech

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

24, Nov, 2022 @3:55 PM

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Belgium’s trade in Russian diamonds continues despite moral pressure
Poland and the Baltic states are pressing for diamonds to be included in the EU’s next round of sanctions

Jennifer Rankin in Antwerp

20, Nov, 2022 @4:56 PM

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