Latest Brussels News

A mannequin head with a scarf around the nose and mouth is placed on a tripod in the window of a hairdressing salon in Antwerp, Belgium, Monday, March 23, 2020. After Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes announced that hairdressers would still be able to operate, while many other stores were required to be closed during the coronavirus epidemic, some thought it was a bad Belgian joke. Fearing for their health, some hairdressers now are calling on the government to order the closure of all salons without delay. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Too close for comfort: Belgium agrees to shut hair salons

Mar. 24, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — When the Belgian government announced last week that hairdressers would still be able to operate during the coronavirus epidemics, many in the profession were dumbfounded and furious. Fearing for their health and bereft of the same financial benefits as other businesses which had been...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 file photo, European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels. Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief negotiator for the future relationship with Britain after Brexit, said Thursday March 19, 2020 he has been infected with the coronavirus. Barnier tweeted that he is doing well and is in good spirits.  (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has coronavirus

Mar. 19, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief negotiator for the bloc's future relationship with Britain after Brexit, has been infected with the new coronavirus. The 69-year-old Barnier said in a Twitter video message Thursday that he is doing well and is in good spirits, while the EU's...

Suspicious vehicle near US Embassy in Belgium a false alarm

Mar. 17, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Brussels police investigated a vehicle near the U.S. Embassy in Belgium that drew suspicion and a bomb squad during a brief security alert Tuesday that ended up being called a false alarm. The area was cordoned off and a large security perimeter set up before investigators declared the...

A man looks at departure boards at the main hall of the nearly empty Central train station in Brussels, Monday, March 16, 2020. Belgium has closed schools, restaurants and bars as well as cancelled cultural and sporting events in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU to ban most foreign travelers for 30 days to curb virus

Mar. 17, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Tuesday to immediately impose travel restrictions on most foreigners entering Europe for at least 30 days to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, and to set up fast-track transport lanes to keep vital medical equipment, food and goods flowing smoothly...

Tourist cross the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Monday, March 16, 2020. France's government announced Saturday closing restaurants, bars and other establishments to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

France says people must stay home to slow spread of virus

Mar. 16, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France said Monday that it would follow other European countries in confining residents mostly to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the European Union considered closing its external borders to foreign travelers to impede infections. French President Emmanuel Macron said that...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, investigating police officers inspect the lifeless body of a victim of a shooting attack outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. French judges investigating the 2015 Islamic State attacks that left 130 people dead in Paris have ordered charges against 20 people on Monday, including a Belgian accused of masterminding the attacks who was held for years in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq before being freed and returned home. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, File)

French judges order charges against 20 in 2015 Paris attacks

Mar. 16, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French judges investigating the 2015 Islamic State attacks that left 130 people dead in Paris have ordered charges against 20 people, including a Belgian accused of masterminding the attacks who was held for years in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq before being freed and returned home. Three of the...

A woman wears a protective mask as she arrives at Brussels International Airport in Brussels, Friday, March 13, 2020. European Union interior ministers on Friday were trying to coordinate their response to the COVID-19 coronavirus as the number of cases spreads throughout the 27-nation bloc and countries take individual measures to slow the disease down. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU urges border health checks as virus case count mounts

Mar. 13, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union urged member countries Friday to put health screening procedures in place at their borders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus but said they must coordinate so people can still quickly get the medical care they need. With Italy reporting the most virus cases and...

People walk and take a rest at the business district of La Defense outside Paris, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The European Union on Thursday will evaluate President Donald Trump's decision to restrict travel from Europe to the United States amid deep concern over the economic impact of the move with markets already heavily hit by coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

EU condemns Trump travel ban from Europe as virus spreads

Mar. 12, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday lashed out at President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict travel from Europe to the United States because of the new coronavirus, calling the the pandemic a global crisis that “requires cooperation rather than unilateral action.” ...

European Council President Charles Michel, left, participates in a videoconference call with EU leaders at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. EU leaders held a videoconference Tuesday to coordinate efforts across the 27-nation bloc in the hopes of slowing down the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU vows united response as virus hits its political heart

Mar. 10, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders vowed Tuesday to stand united in combating the spread of the coronavirus ravaging member country Italy, and agreed to draft a plan to address any medical shortages and set up a fund to help overburdened health care systems. The pledges came at a rare video conference...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, walks with European Council President Charles Michel prior to a meeting at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, March 9, 2020. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Brussels on Monday for talks with European Union officials amid a standoff between Ankara and Brussels over sharing of responsibility for refugees and migrants. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU, Turkey to review migrant deal as border tensions simmer

Mar. 9, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Turkey agreed to review a 4-year-old deal on managing migrants and refugees in an effort to settle a dispute that sent thousands of people to the Turkey-Greece border in hopes of reaching Europe, top EU officials said Monday. Under the 2016 agreement, the EU offered...