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European news round-up

13 November 2012
Belgians say no to Ford closure An estimated 20,000 people marched in the city of Genk, northern Belgium, last Saturday.

Ford car workers betrayed

30 October 2012
Motor giant Ford announced it was closing three factories last week. The company will close its plant in Genk, Belgium, at the end of 2014, with plants in Southampton and Dagenham to be shut down next year.

Rust and Bone: Jacques Audiard pulls no punches in his latest film

30 October 2012
Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) is an impoverished boxer, taking scraps to feed his young son on the train from Belgium to northern France.

Belgium strikes against austerity

04 February 2012
As European leaders met in Belgium on Monday to plot more austerity, the country was rocked by a general strike.

General strike against Belgium's new government

06 December 2011
Tens of thousands of people protested against austerity in Brussels on Friday of last week. Large parts of Belgium’s transport system were shut down by strikes.

European trade union day of action: a growing wave

05 October 2010
Around 100,000 workers from across Europe marched through Brussels in Belgium on Wednesday of last week as part of the European TUC’s day of action against austerity.

Sunday’s election in Belgium follows three years of crisis

22 June 2010
Last Sunday, people in Belgium went to bed in a country that seemed to be more divided than ever. In Flanders – the Flemish speaking north of the country, where the majority of the population lives – the NVA (New Flemish Alliance) was elected with 30 percent of the Flemish votes.

Respect councillor challenges Bosals redundancies in Preston

18 December 2007
Belgian multinational Bosals have just announced redundancies at their Preston plant.

Letters

02 December 2006
Brussels shows the way Some 5,000 Belgian car workers have been taking action against 3,500 job cuts by Volkswagen at the Forest Volkswagen factory in Brussels.

Leopold and Mobutu — colonialism and the ‘incorruptible Kodak’

27 August 2005
At the beginning of the last century the American writer Mark Twain wrote a satire about Belgium’s King Leopold II, the colonial ruler of the Congo.

Protesters greet Bush in Brussels

05 March 2005
George Bush’s recent visit to Belgium was not the sweet love-in envisaged by European Union governments and the European Commission, as this picture shows. The US president was greeted by three days of demonstrations in Brussels, called by various non-governmental organisations, peace groups and trade unions. Despite the best efforts of the weather and the police, the protests were lively and noisy, attracting up to 5,000 people.Hugh Jenkins Brussels

Ford's vital parts

25 October 2003
THE MOST powerful corporations are vulnerable to workers' action. The mighty Ford motor company has had to halt production of Transit vans at its Southampton factory because disruption at its factory in Belgium left it without essential parts. The 1,603 Southampton workers were sent on training courses indefinitely last week.

Round up - Belgium & South Korea

24 May 2003
Why support for the far right has grown BELGIUM'S general election saw a terrifying surge in support for the far right Vlaams Blok (Flemish Block). The party is overtly racist and pushes savagely anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies.

Refugees

26 October 2002
AN INTERNATIONAL protest against the closure of the Sangatte Red Cross refugee camp and the detention of refugees in Europe took place last Saturday. Beginning in Dover, delegations from Britain, France and Belgium crossed the Channel to protest outside the Sangatte camp.

Debate sprouts among activists

16 March 2002
Around 150 activists from all over Europe met in Brussels, the Belgian capital, last weekend to plan a European Social Forum. This will be modelled on the World Social Forum held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The World Social Forum was a great gathering of the worldwide movement against global capitalism.

Who is behind Beirut deaths?

09 February 2002
Coincidence? You decide. Elie Hobeika was blown up by a car bomb in Beirut, Lebanon, three weeks ago. He was a leader of one of the Lebanese fascist groups which massacred over 2,500 Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in Beirut in 1982. Hobeika had agreed to give evidence to a Belgian inquiry into the role of current Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon in the atrocity.

Brussels: Protests are back with a vengeance

22 December 2001
As European Union (EU) leaders discussed more market "reforms" and privatisation of services in Brussels in Belgium, 100,000 trade unionists marched last Thursday in protest at this "neo-liberal" Europe.

Join the protests at the EU summit, Brussels, 13-14 December

24 November 2001
In three weeks time tens of thousands of people are planning to join major protests in the Belgian capital, Brussels. The protests will focus anger at the job losses mounting right across Europe as global recession bites. And they will also voice fury at European leaders' backing for the US-led war on Afghanistan.

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