Latest Brussels News

The Latest: Anti-secession groups applaud Catalonia verdict

Oct. 14, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the conviction of Catalan politicians and activists (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Catalonia residents who oppose the region breaking away from Spain are welcoming the Spanish Supreme Court's conviction of 12 politicians and activists who led a failed secession attempt in 2017....

Regional Belgian legislature evacuated after bomb alert

Oct. 8, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Flemish regional parliament in Brussels has been evacuated following a bomb alert. Tuesday's evacuation happened without any major incident and allowed authorities to go check the sprawling building in central Brussels. Greens legislator Imade Annouri said that "everyone calmly went...

Police detain protester outside EU headquarters in Brussels

Oct. 2, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A man shouting accusations about corruption at the European Union doused himself in a liquid and threatened to put himself on fire in front of the bloc's headquarters in Brussels before police and firefighters intervened and took him away. The short protest in front of the European...

Israel, US urge EU to take action against boycott movement

Sep. 25, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Israeli and U.S. officials warned Wednesday of a rise in attacks on Jews in western Europe and urged European Union leaders to stop funding organizations that support an international boycott of Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians. Gilad Erdan, Israel's minister of strategic...

EU hopes for Russia-Ukraine gas deal despite slow progress

Sep. 19, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top energy official says he's optimistic Russia and Ukraine can conclude a new gas transit agreement by the end of the year even though several issues need to be resolved. Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic said Thursday that there was "a sense of urgency" at talks in...

Player's agent arrested in money laundering soccer probe

Sep. 11, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police have arrested two people, including a player's agent, as part of an international money laundering and corruption investigation in soccer. Brussels prosecutors said that several raids took place in Monaco, Belgium and London on Tuesday and Wednesday. Belgian police cooperated with...

Irishman set to lead EU future trade talks with UK, US

Sep. 10, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The incoming president of the European Union's powerful executive arm on Tuesday nominated Irishman Phil Hogan to lead future EU trade talks, which could put him in charge of negotiations with Britain after Brexit. Hogan, whose country is set to be hit hard economically by Brexit, would...

UK opposition lawmakers join forces against no-deal Brexit

Aug. 27, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Opposition lawmakers declared Tuesday they will work together to try to stop a departure from the European Union without an agreement, setting up a legislative challenge to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his promise to complete the divorce by Oct. 31— come what may. Some 160...

Belgian parade goes ahead despite racism objections

Aug. 25, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian street festival featuring a character called "Savage" played by a white person in blackface makeup has gone ahead amid objections from anti-racism activists. The character moved through the streets of the town of Ath, southwest of Brussels, on Sunday, chained and wielding a wooden...