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IDF and Shin Bet thwart suicide bombing in Tel Aviv

In a joint Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) operation, five Palestinian suspects were arrested during October-November for planning to execute a suicide bombing in the Tel Aviv area, as well as several other terror attacks against Israeli civilians. The suspects include a woman from Jenin, named by security forces … Continue reading

Leila Shahid leaves her function of Palestinian delegate to Belgium and the EU

Leila Shahid, born in Beirut in 1949, a member of the influential Husayni family of Jerusalem, is the first woman ambassador of Palestine. She studied anthropology at the American University of Beirut. She then worked in the Palestinian refugee camps until 1974 when she began her doctorate in Anthropology in Paris. Shahid was the official representative … Continue reading

Stephanie Manasseh becomes curator of Art&Design Sessions at BMW Brand Store

Stephanie Manasseh, director of Accessible Art Fair, has been appointed as curator for monthly Art & Design Sessions at BMW Brand Store in Brussels, Boulevard de Waterloo. From January, 2015, Stephanie will be bringing artists and designers into this special space to exhibit their work for week-long exhibitions.

Università Cattolica del Sacro, how to bridge the gap between science and decision making to overcome current societal challenges

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore has launched the 11th December in Brussels a debate to address the gap between science and policy making to overcome one of the most important challenges of our time in Europe: demographic change. Reconnecting policy making and science: How do we do it? This is the topic of the meeting, … Continue reading

Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs transfers historical Congo Archives

  During the 2015-2018 period, the FPS Foreign Affairs will transfer its African archives to the Belgian State Archives. On 11 December, a memorandum was signed between the President of the Board of Directors of the FPS Foreign Affairs, Dirk Achten, and the Director-General of the Belgian State Archives, Karel Velle. The archive pieces, originating … Continue reading

MEP Aymeric Chauprade expresses his position at EP debate of East West Accord Committee

  The committee for East-West accord organised recently  a debate at the EP, hosted by MEP Miroslav Ramsdorf about “The triangle: Russia, Ukraine, the EU). During this debate  MEP Aymeric Chauprade (F, non-attached) had the occasion to express the point of view of his party and to rectify some misunderstandings about their points of view … Continue reading

Launch of the “Committee for East-West Accord” in Brussels

  On dec 2nd 2014, european journalists were gathered in the press club Brussels Europe to attend the launch of the « committee for East-West Accord ». Gilbert DOCTOROW PhD. launched the brussels activities of « the committee for east-west accord » taking as starting point the common understanding, without pointing out right or wrong actors, between countries of … Continue reading

International creditors against greek budget 2015

Greek budget for 2015, recentely approved by the government of Athens, has not been accepted by the international creditors. Thanks to 155 positive votes, the Greek parliament approved a draft budget for 2015, presented without the international donors approval. The Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras said that this issue should be voted after the presidential … Continue reading

Didier Reynders in Moscow with Sergey Lavrov

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, on a mission to Moscow in the framework of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, met with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin, Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov and Russian Commissioner for Human Rights Ella Pamfilova. Beforehand, Minister Reynders had a … Continue reading

UNHCR: the miditteranean sea, deadliest road for migrants

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees recentely published data about immigration flows. In 2014, the Mediterranean Sea has become “the deadliest road in the world” for illegal migrants, trying to find exile in Europe. At least 3,419 migrants died trying to cross in search of a better life. Since the beginning … Continue reading

Belgian passports get an even more efficient chip

Since 1 December 2014, all Belgian passports produced have an additional control feature called « supplemental access control », designed to further protect data when reading the chip. In line with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and a requirement of the European Commission, the personal data of citizens, stored on the … Continue reading

Didier Reynders concerned about the death sentence of 188 defendants in Egypt

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, like the High Representative Federica Mogherini, is concerned about the judgment of the court of Gizeh, Egypt, condemning to death 188 defendants for a violent attack on a police station. The judicial process and the mass sentence do not seem to meet international standards … Continue reading

Euro-Med Ministerial Conference on Agriculture calls for increased policy support and political focus on young farmers

  At the invitation of Italian Minister of Agriculture Maurizio Martina, EU Ministers met in Sicily on 28 November 2014 accompanied by CEJA President Matteo Bartolini in order to discuss agriculture and food security in the Mediterranean region. The conclusions of the conference declared that “the young generation must be the main players of agriculture … Continue reading

A new secretary-general for all french speaking countries of the world.

  The Right Honourable  Michaelle Jean, former governor general of Canada was appointed this weekend as secretary-general of the organisation of the francophony Michaëlle Jean PC CC CMM COM CD FRCPSC(hon) ( born September 6, 1957) is a Canadian statesperson and former journalist who served as Governor General of Canada, the 27th since Canadian Confederation, from 2005 to 2010. Jean is the … Continue reading

Salone del Mobile.Milano 2015: work in progress

The 54th edition of the Salone del Mobile will throw open its doors at the Rho Milan Fairgrounds from Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th April, along with the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition and SaloneSatellite – both annual exhibitions – and the biennial Euroluce / International Lighting Exhibition and Workplace3.0/SaloneUfficio. Thousands of home furnishing, lighting, and … Continue reading

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