— Infinite Unknown (@SecretNews) February 16, 2018
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In the 15 years that followed the Napoleonic Wars, a messy series of events — international conferences, great-power land swaps, treaties, riots, military skirmishes, and, finally, a brief revolution — resulted in a redrawing of borders in the Low Countries and the establishment of a new country called Belgium. Even in the best of times, it was hardly a country, fatally divided into a French-speaking south and a Flemish-speaking north, whose residents had little sense of shared identity. If, when the European Union came along, the Belgians embraced the idea so ardently — and welcomed the transformation of their own capital into the capital of the EU — it was largely because they had far less of a sense of nationhood than their Western European neighbors, and felt, or hoped, that the EU would artificially supply something ineffable that their own history and culture had failed to give them.
H/t reader kevin a.
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A strong majority of Europeans across 11 nations are opposed to the European Union’s (EU) immigration policies, including nearly nine in 10 Hungarians.
The survey was conducted by the Nézőpont Institute in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
It revealed that 74 per cent of respondents in those countries believed that the EU’s migration policies have or will be negative for the continent.
Central Europeans were the most opposed, with 89 per cent of Slovaks and Hungarians holding a negative view of the policies, closely followed by 88 per cent of Czechs.
Meanwhile, 63 per cent of Austrians and 58 per cent of Germans also said the mass immigration overseen by the EU is bad for the bloc.
Furthermore, when asked about Hungary’s rejection of forced EU migrant quotas, 56 per cent of people in the Visegrád nations (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) say they agreed with the Hungarian premier’s fight against them.
🆘‼️👮🔥 #Belgium: You will not believe it, but the Belgian federal police are looking for a North African man who robbed a woman in the cemetery a gold chain and handbag after dragging her across the ground. pic.twitter.com/0DUSHWi5aK
— Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) November 21, 2017
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Scholen weren papa's om mama's van vreemde origine te lokken: "Soms is de cultuurshock gewoon te groot" https://t.co/zQJK81S3Qp
— De Morgen (@demorgen) October 20, 2017
Belgian newspaper De Morgen reports that in Belgium, some schools are trying to lower the threshold for parents with a migration background by only welcoming mothers of pupils to school events and activities. Through this, they hope to attract mothers from a foreign origin into school.
De Morgen lists a few examples, like a school in Antwerp where only the mothers are allowed to cut fruit during lunch breaks and a school in Ghent where only mothers are allowed to assist during gym classes. Simultaneously, the school let the fathers know on their website they need not worry: “The dads will get their turn.“
De Morgen comments that:
“Nevertheless, it seems strange that fathers are being shunned in the first place. Should schoolchildren not have to learn that dads can also cut fruit? And why not have fathers and mothers attend gym class together? Do we really want to teach children that men and women should do certain things separately?”
Catalonia’s separatist campaign has dominated European headlines for the past couple of weeks, but it’s really the northern Belgian region of Flanders which will serve as a barometer over whether large chunks of the EU will fall apart into a collection of identity-centric statelets prior to the bloc’s reconstitution into a “federation of regions”.
What’s going on in Catalonia is of paramount importance to the geopolitical future of Europe, since it could very well serve as the catalyst for fracturing the EU if copycat movements elsewhere are emboldened by the Spanish region’s possible separatist success. This was explained in detail in the author’s recent analysis about “The Catalan Chain Reaction”, which readers should familiarize themselves with if they’re not already acquainted with the thesis put forth in that work. To concisely summarize, there’s a very distinct possibility that the EU’s liberal-globalist elite have been planning to divide and rule the continent along identity-based lines in order to further their ultimate goal of creating a “federation of regions”.
Catalonia is the spark that could set off this entire process, but it could also just be a flash in the pan that might end up being contained no matter what its final result may be. Flanders, however, is much different because of the heightened symbolism that Belgium holds in terms of EU identity, and the dissolution of this somewhat artificially created state would be the clearest sign yet that the EU’s ruling elite intend to take the bloc down the direction of manufactured fragmentation. Bearing this in mind, the spread of the “Catalan Chain Reaction” to Belgium and the inspiration that this could give to Flanders to break off from the rest of the country should be seen as the true barometer over whether or not the EU’s “nation-states” will disintegrate into a constellation of “Balkanized” ones.
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BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) – The mass retreat of the Islamic State group from its territories in Syria and Iraq has left Europe grappling with the risk of foreign fighters returning home.
But in Belgium, authorities are also turning their attention to repatriating children stranded in the war zones.
With an estimated 500 citizens who have reached or attempted to reach the conflict zones, Belgium has the highest number of jihadists per capita in the EU.
— HLN.BE (@HLN_BE) September 29, 2017
The Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports that last year, the theft of no less than 159 Belgian army and police uniforms was registered. Minister of the Interior Jan Jambon (N-VA) was forced to divulge this in response to a written question by MP Barbara Pas (Vlaams Belang).
Most uniforms were stolen in Flanders (94) last year, followed by Wallonia (43) and the Brussels-Capital Region (22). In 2014 and 2015, a total of 204 and 170 uniforms were stolen.
On top of that, lots of uniforms are getting lost – as opposed to being reported as stolen. In 2016 this happened to 40 pieces, up from 35 pieces in 2015. Also, 12 bulletproof vests, 129 pieces of equipment and 3 intervention armbands got lost last year.
H/t reader kevin a.
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European Jewish Congress condemns decision as ‘the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights in Belgium since the Nazi occupation of the country in World War II’
Belgium’s Wallooon region has voted to ban kosher and halal meats by outlawing the slaughter of unstunned animals.
The environment committee of southern Belgium’s Walloon Parliament voted unanimously for the ban, which will take effect in September 2019 if the parliament’s plenary approves the ban later this month.
Neighbourhood on the edge of Belgian city where seven people have been arrested in connection with the Paris attacks has a reputation for its battle-hardened militants
Across the canal from Brussels’ shabby chic centre for designer fashion, cafes, and bohemian bars sits the borough of Molenbeek, just over two square miles housing almost 100,000 people and one of the poorest areas in Belgium cheek-by-jowl with the country’s wealthiest.
Molenbeek is the source of the highest concentration in Europe of jihadi foreign fighters going to fight in Syria and Iraq and returning battle-hardened and determined to take their fight to the capitals of Europe. It came as little surprise to locals therefore that a number of those alleged to be involved in Friday’s Paris attack lived in the area.
To put it another way, 19,000 Belgians are on a terror list.
the Belgian Army is only 12,000 troops.
— Old Holborn✘ (@Holbornlolz) April 22, 2017
18 884 av 11.2 miljoner belgare är misstänkta för att ha terrorkopplingar. År 2010 var siffran 1875. https://t.co/aR8c7R8foB
— Magnus Ranstorp (@MagnusRanstorp) April 22, 2017
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