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Belgian artist creates 'portable oasis', Covid-free bubble to stroll in Brussels(Instagram/alain.verschueren)

Belgian artist creates 'portable oasis', Covid-free bubble to stroll in Brussels

Reuters |
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2021 08:52 PM IST
Alain Verschueren, a Belgian artist and social worker, has been strolling through the capital Brussels wearing a 'portable oasis' - a plexiglass mini-greenhouse which rests on his shoulders, cocooning him in a bubble of air purified by the aromatic plants inside
Policemen stand on the scene after Belgian soldiers shot a man who attacked them with a knife, in Brussels, Belgium August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Vidal(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
Policemen stand on the scene after Belgian soldiers shot a man who attacked them with a knife, in Brussels, Belgium August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Vidal(Reuters file photo. Representative image)

10 people to stand trial in deadly Brussels attacks case

Brussels | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 07:05 PM IST
According to the federal prosecutor’s office, the Brussels Chamber of the Council also decided on Tuesday that charges against three others suspects should be dismissed. Earlier this year, prosecutors requested that eight of the 13 main suspects should be referred to the criminal court of assizes — the court that tries the most serious crimes — for charges of assassinations and attempted assassinations in a terrorism context, and for belonging to a terror group.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a thumbs up after signing the Brexit trade deal with the EU at number 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a thumbs up after signing the Brexit trade deal with the EU at number 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

‘An amazing moment for UK,’ says British PM Boris Johnson as country moves out of EU

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 11:54 PM IST
‘Covid-19 loves a crowd, cancel parties’ was the key message on a public information campaign on Thursday, urging Britons to usher in the New Year at home. Millions more Britons moved to the top Tier 4 Covid-19 alert system with the toughest restrictions in UK.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(REUTERS)

Brexit deal on a knife edge after day of high drama in talks

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 06:38 PM IST
With officials from both sides expecting a conclusion one way or the other within the next two days, talks resumed in Brussels on Friday afternoon -- but only after EU negotiators had spent the morning consulting their own national capitals over the scope for compromise on the issue of fishing rights.
By linking fishing to trade, the EU is betting that the UK will grant European boats better access to its waters in return for being able to do business with the bloc in other areas.(AP)
By linking fishing to trade, the EU is betting that the UK will grant European boats better access to its waters in return for being able to do business with the bloc in other areas.(AP)

EU gives Boris Johnson fishing ultimatum as Brexit reaches climax

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020 08:33 PM IST
After his British counterpart issued a statement on Thursday night describing the talks as “blocked,” Barnier said a deal could be struck if both sides make “a real effort.”
Joe Biden’s election as the United States (US) president has led to talk of greater coordination between Washington and Brussels over China(Bloomberg)
Joe Biden’s election as the United States (US) president has led to talk of greater coordination between Washington and Brussels over China(Bloomberg)

Decoding the DC-Brussels-Beijing geopolitical triangle

By Manoj Kewalramani
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:05 PM IST
Irrespective of this economic engagement, there is friction between Beijing and Brussels, which is independent of Washington
Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray demonstrates outside of the conference centre where Brexit trade deal negotiations are taking place in London, Britain.(REUTERS)
Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray demonstrates outside of the conference centre where Brexit trade deal negotiations are taking place in London, Britain.(REUTERS)

EU warns UK hasn’t compromised enough for Brexit trade deal

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2020 04:10 PM IST
At a meeting in Brussels on Friday, envoys from the EU’s 27 member states were told that progress has been slow, and negotiations could now slip into December, according to people in the meeting who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.
A pedestrian walks through the City of London on November 2 ahead of a coronavirus lockdown.(Bloomberg)
A pedestrian walks through the City of London on November 2 ahead of a coronavirus lockdown.(Bloomberg)

Covid-19, Brexit from Jan 1 mean UK set for winter of discontent: Report

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar, edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 04:48 PM IST
Talks on a deal before January 1 are still ongoing with Brussels, but the Institute of Government said in a new report that whether a deal will be in place or not, the scale of the task to prepare business, people and the UK government itself “is huge”.
A beggar kneels in front of a closed restaurant in downtown Prague, Czech Republic. The coronavirus pandemic is gathering strength again in Europe and, with winter coming, its restaurant industry is struggling.(AP)
A beggar kneels in front of a closed restaurant in downtown Prague, Czech Republic. The coronavirus pandemic is gathering strength again in Europe and, with winter coming, its restaurant industry is struggling.(AP)

Coronavirus is pummeling Europe’s eateries — and winter is coming

Belgium | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 05:16 PM IST
More than just jobs and revenue are at stake — restaurants lie at the heart of European life. Their closures are threatening the social fabric by shutting the places where neighbors mix, extended families gather and the seeds of new families are sown.
A student performs a handstand, during a class at the Superior School of Circus Arts (ESAC) in Brussels.(AP)
A student performs a handstand, during a class at the Superior School of Circus Arts (ESAC) in Brussels.(AP)

Circus school reopens in full swing in Brussels

BRUSSELS | By Associated Press | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON OCT 07, 2020 03:34 PM IST
For safety reasons amid the pandemic, Venezuelan school director Reynaldo Ramperssad had to cut the number of students by 25%.
The Manneken Pis statue is dressed in an outfit paying tribute to healthcare workers.(REUTERS)
The Manneken Pis statue is dressed in an outfit paying tribute to healthcare workers.(REUTERS)

Manneken Pis statue in Belgium dressed in white coat and mask to honour heathcare workers

Brussels | By Reuters | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2020 07:55 PM IST
The statue, which is of a boy urinating and is also a fountain, attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
An EU flag and a Britain flag held by a demonstrator is seen with the Big Ben in central London.
An EU flag and a Britain flag held by a demonstrator is seen with the Big Ben in central London.

‘We won’t blink first’: UK warns EU on Brexit

London/Brussels | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2020 04:02 PM IST
Britain left the EU on January 31 but talks have so far made little headway on agreeing a new trade deal for when a status-quo transition arrangement ends in December.
The Europeans remain suspicious and ill-informed about the philosophy of the Narendra Modi government(PTI)
The Europeans remain suspicious and ill-informed about the philosophy of the Narendra Modi government(PTI)

Looking at the big picture, finally | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 06:15 AM IST
Common concerns are driving the EU-India convergence. But it needs work
People wear protective face masks as they attend a public memorial after the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York. (Representational)(REUTERS)
People wear protective face masks as they attend a public memorial after the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York. (Representational)(REUTERS)

Coronavirus pandemic: Surgical or homemade, masks mark a major shift in thinking

Brussels | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 01:08 PM IST
Think about Hannibal Lecter in Silence of The Lambs. Or Jason Voorhees, the hockey mask-wearing murderer in the Friday the 13th series. Before the coronavirus outbreak, the sight of masks worn in public spaces in the Western world conjured up images of terrifying fictional villains.
New Delhi will be among the capitals that will hope Europe can restore some of its credibility. India and the EU have made progress in their relations, moving beyond seemingly endless trade and human rights disputes, and starting to recognise that they have common strategic concerns that must be prioritised.(AFP)
New Delhi will be among the capitals that will hope Europe can restore some of its credibility. India and the EU have made progress in their relations, moving beyond seemingly endless trade and human rights disputes, and starting to recognise that they have common strategic concerns that must be prioritised.(AFP)

What the pandemic means for Europe

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2020 07:30 PM IST
The EU and its member-states were inept. But the Union will survive
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Coronavirus threat reschedules India-EU Summit, PM Modi cancels visit: MEA

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2020 12:03 PM IST
At least two staff working for the European Union administration in Brussels tested positive for the novel coronavirus and are receiving treatment, European officials said on Wednesday.
People wearing face masks walk in front of an Apple store at a shopping mall, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Beijing, China.(REUTERS)
People wearing face masks walk in front of an Apple store at a shopping mall, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Beijing, China.(REUTERS)

Covid-19’s economic hit “manageable”: China’s EU envoy

BRUSSELS | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2020 10:32 PM IST
Zhang Ming, China’s ambassador to the European Union, said “With business activity deferred and demand for services reduced there is some impact on the Chinese economy but it is limited, short term and manageable.”
Foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar with European Council President Charles Michel prior to a meeting at the Europa building in Brussels on Monday.(AP Photo)
Foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar with European Council President Charles Michel prior to a meeting at the Europa building in Brussels on Monday.(AP Photo)

In Brussels, foreign minister S Jaishankar defends CAA, Kashmir move

Brussels | By Agencies
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2020 03:41 AM IST
Lawmakers in the European Parliament have drafted a resolution condemning the CAA as “discriminatory and dangerously divisive”.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 summit in France in August 2019. Britain’s trade negotiator David Frost said that London intended to set its own laws following Brexit(Reuters File Photo)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 summit in France in August 2019. Britain’s trade negotiator David Frost said that London intended to set its own laws following Brexit(Reuters File Photo)

UK says will set own laws after Brexit, won’t accept EU-ruled ‘level playing field’

Brussels | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2020 02:33 AM IST
Britain’s trade negotiator David Frost, adding detail to the position championed by British prime minister Boris Johnson, said London wanted a typical trade deal of the kind Brussels signed with Canada.
The EU’s emergence as an independent pole is good for India(REUTERS)
The EU’s emergence as an independent pole is good for India(REUTERS)

Deepen the partnership with the European Union, writes Shyam Saran

By Shyam Saran
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2020 09:02 PM IST
There is a strategic, economic, and political convergence between New Delhi and Brussels
European Union will work hard to forge a future as an ally and partner of Britain after their divorce on Friday(Bloomberg)
European Union will work hard to forge a future as an ally and partner of Britain after their divorce on Friday(Bloomberg)

We will find new path with London after Brexit, say EU leaders

Berlin | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2020 06:17 AM IST
In a joint article with European Council head Charles Michel and of European Parliament President David Sassoli, she wrote that Britain could no longer have unrestricted access to the European internal market.
Britain's EU Parliament members react after a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium(REUTERS)
Britain's EU Parliament members react after a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium(REUTERS)

European MPs set seal on Brexit in emotional vote

Brussels | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2020 07:18 AM IST
After half a century of sometimes awkward membership and three years of tense withdrawal talks, the UK will leave the EU at midnight Brussels time (2300 GMT) on Friday.
Hong Kong witnessed massive protests this year(HT File)
Hong Kong witnessed massive protests this year(HT File)

2019: When city streets became protest sites

Hindustan Times | By Smruti Koppikar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2019 12:29 AM IST
The urban space turned into a site of spontaneous and electrifying protests against governments.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to the newly formed Parliament in London. Buoyed by a big new Conservative majority in Parliament, Johnson toughened his stand on Brexit, ruling out any extension of an end-of-2020 deadline to strike a trade deal with the European Union.(AP PHOTO.)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to the newly formed Parliament in London. Buoyed by a big new Conservative majority in Parliament, Johnson toughened his stand on Brexit, ruling out any extension of an end-of-2020 deadline to strike a trade deal with the European Union.(AP PHOTO.)

Brexit by January 31 as House of Commons passes bill

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2019 09:18 PM IST
On January 31, the UK will cease to be an EU member, but in practice it will continue in the EU customs union, the single market and obey EU rules until the end of the transition period ending December 31, 2020. It will no longer be represented in the EU parliament or council of ministers.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson(Reuters file photo)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson(Reuters file photo)

Boris buoyed by win, but faces tough Brexit road ahead

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 04:56 AM IST
Speaking after meeting Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace for permission to form the new government, Johnson sounded a conciliatory note on Brexit, assuring closure to a public weary of seemingly unending Brexit-related debates.
Boris Johnson on Sunday apologised for not taking Britain out of the European Union by October 31, saying he was “deeply, deeply disappointed”.(REUTERS)
Boris Johnson on Sunday apologised for not taking Britain out of the European Union by October 31, saying he was “deeply, deeply disappointed”.(REUTERS)

UK’s Boris Johnson ‘deeply disappointed’ for Brexit delay

London | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 04:22 PM IST
Boris Johnson had vowed he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than tolerate another extension to the tortuous Brexit process, which began in 2016 after a knife-edge public referendum.
Boris Johnson on Monday called on the European Union to rule out any more Brexit extensions(REUTERS)
Boris Johnson on Monday called on the European Union to rule out any more Brexit extensions(REUTERS)

Boris Johnson asks EU to rule out further Brexit delay after January 2020

London | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2019 11:25 PM IST
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday called on the European Union to rule out any more Brexit extensions, after Brussels prolonged the tortuous negotiations for the third time.
Mr Johnson had hoped to get this quickly cleared in parliament. But years of poisonous Brexit infighting has meant the two-party system of the past has frayed at the edges(AP)
Mr Johnson had hoped to get this quickly cleared in parliament. But years of poisonous Brexit infighting has meant the two-party system of the past has frayed at the edges(AP)

Ending the Brexit stalemate

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2019 07:42 PM IST
The template of the deal is clear. But the politics of seeing it through is uncertain
Boris Johnson delivers his keynote speech on the closing day of the annual Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central in Manchester, UK.(Bloomberg photo)
Boris Johnson delivers his keynote speech on the closing day of the annual Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central in Manchester, UK.(Bloomberg photo)

UK Brexit plan gets cool reception in Brussels

Brussels | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2019 01:38 AM IST
The EU’s lead Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gave a guarded welcome to the plan as he arrived at the European Parliament to brief its Brexit steering group.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s effort to trigger a mid-term election was again stopped by the opposition, when his motion failed to get the two-thirds majority required.(BLOOMBERG.)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s effort to trigger a mid-term election was again stopped by the opposition, when his motion failed to get the two-thirds majority required.(BLOOMBERG.)

Key Brexit questions remain as ugly scenes mark House suspension

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 06:56 PM IST
The Johnson government was restricted in its actions when the opposition managed to pass a motion blocking it from leaving the EU on October 31 without an agreement, which makes it mandatory to ask Brussels for an extension to the Brexit date.
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