Latest Brussels News

Italy's EU partners vigilant as far right set to take power

Sep. 26, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Italy’s European Union partners are signaling discomfort, even vigilance, after Italy, one of the bloc’s founding members, swung far to the political right. The result of Italy's latest election raises troubling questions about whether Rome will maintain its commitments to EU...

Thousands rally in Belgium to protest high energy prices

Sep. 21, 2022 08:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Thousands of people gathered on Wednesday in the Belgian capital Brussels for “a national day of action” to protest against skyrocketing electricity, natural gas and food prices and draw attention to the sharp hike in the cost of living. Trade unions and city...

EU drafts media act amid concern over spying, state pressure

Sep. 16, 2022 09:28 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive branch unveiled plans Friday for new laws that it said would help protect media freedom and independence in the 27-nation bloc at a time of mounting concern about the dangers of political influence in several member countries. Spurred...

European police break up jet-setting migrant smuggling route

Sep. 15, 2022 06:29 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Police in Italy and Belgium have arrested five people accused of smuggling migrants carrying fake diplomatic passports into Europe aboard luxury jets, Italian police said Thursday. Migrants paid up to 10,000 euros (dollars) each to be flown from Turkey into European...

Trial opens of 10 accused over 2016 Brussels suicide attacks

Sep. 12, 2022 08:07 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — More than six years after the deadliest peacetime attack on Belgian soil, the trial of 10 men accused over the suicide bombings at Brussels airport and an underground metro station opened Monday amid high security. The only survivor among the Islamic State...

European cab drivers protest practices, spread of Uber

Sep. 08, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hundreds of cab drivers clogged traffic in Brussels in an international demonstration against the online ride company Uber, which is seen as unfairly distorting the market. The drivers want Belgian and European Union authorities to curb the spread of Uber and say...

EU protest brief detention of diplomat in Belarus

Sep. 08, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's foreign affairs office said Thursday that a diplomat was briefly detained by Belarusian authorities early in the week and it has lodged a strong diplomatic protest for what it claims was the second such incident. EU spokesman Peter Stano said...

Dutch farm minister resigns after protests over pollution

Sep. 06, 2022 05:31 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch agriculture minister has unexpectedly resigned, telling reporters he wasn't the right person for the job following a tumultuous summer of protests by farmers over pollution regulations. Henk Staghouwer, who held the position for only nine...

British con artist arrested in Belgium, wanted by France

Sep. 03, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A British con artist who is the subject of a Netflix documentary has been arrested in Belgium after fleeing from neighboring France, where he had injured two police officers, authorities said Robert Hendy-Freegard, 51, was expected to appear before a Belgian judge...

Van crashes into Brussels sidewalk terrace; 3 injured

Aug. 26, 2022 12:29 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police detained a suspect after a speeding van clipped a sidewalk terrace in the center of Brussels and slightly injured at least three people Friday. The van's driver rode off after running into the some tables, said Willemien Baert, a spokesperson for the...