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Tusk’s ‘Place in Hell’ Jibe Reflects Fear and Frustration in Brussels

Tusk’s ‘Place in Hell’ Jibe Reflects Fear and Frustration in BrusselsA longer-than-scheduled, bad-tempered phone call between May and Tusk a week ago prompted a surge of concern in EU circles that May is unable to get any divorce deal through Parliament, according to European officials who declined to be named. Tusk was horrified that May was still asking the EU for solutions to end the impasse rather than coming up with credible ones of her own. May visits Brussels on Thursday as part of her efforts to get the EU to change the most controversial part of the divorce deal — the Irish border backstop.



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The Best of BRAFA, the Brussels Art Fair

The Best of BRAFA, the Brussels Art Fair



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Big Brussels climate march marks COP24 start

Big Brussels climate march marks COP24 startTens of thousands of marchers took to the streets of Brussels on Sunday to mark the start of the UN climate summit in Poland. Speaking through a blow-horn, activist Evert Nicolai of Oxfam Action urged leaders to do what was needed towards fighting climate change. The march, dubbed Claim The Climate, ended with speeches and performances at the Parc Cinquantenaire that overlooks the European Union institutions.



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Apple's Cook set to back strong privacy laws in Europe, U.S. at Brussels event

Apple's Cook set to back strong privacy laws in Europe, U.S. at Brussels eventBRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is expected to praise new European privacy rules and to voice the company’s support for strong laws in Europe and the United States to protect the use of data, according to prepared remarks for delivery at a Brussels event. Cook will describe Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, as an example of how “good policy and political will can come together to protect the rights of us all,” according to the remarks, seen by Reuters ahead of a gathering of international privacy regulators on Wednesday.



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Catalan leader travels to Brussels as Spanish state prosecutor calls for rebellion and sedition charges

Catalan leader travels to Brussels as Spanish state prosecutor calls for rebellion and sedition chargesCarles Puigdemont, the ousted president of Catalonia who defied the Spanish state by declaring his region’s independence, has fled Spain to Brussels, fuelling speculation that he may seek political asylum in Belgium. Sources from the Catalan government, which has been formally removed from power by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, told The Telegraph that Mr Puigdemont had travelled to the Belgian capital on Monday, reportedly accompanied by five colleagues from his former administration. On Monday all 14 members of Mr Puigdemont’s ousted executive were accused by Spain’s chief prosecutor of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for organising an illegal referendum in Catalonia before declaring independence. Six members of the speaker’s committee at the Catalan parliament face the same accusations for pushing ahead with illegal procedures ahead of last Friday’s proclamation of an independent Catalan republic. A Mossos d'Esquadra, a Catalan regional police officer, stands guard outside the Generalitat Palace, the Catalan regional government headquarter in Barcelona Credit: YVES HERMAN/ REUTERS Catalonia’s public television channel, TV3, said that Mr Puigdemont and some of his former government colleagues were “in a safe and secluded place”. On Sunday Belgium’s migration minister, Theo Francken, had appeared to invite Mr Puigdemont to request asylum in the country to avoid being arrested and facing up to 30 years in jail if found guilty of rebellion. A spokesperson for Mr Francken said on Monday that he could not confirm rumours regarding the deposed Catalan leader’s presence in Brussels. The Belgian state broadcaster VRT said  Mr Puigdemont would “meet lawyers and political representatives” without providing details. Mr Francken is a member of the New Flemish Alliance, the largest party in Belgium’s coalition government, which has offered consistent support for the cause of Catalan independence. The chief spokesman of Spain’s ruling Popular Party, Fernando Martínez Maíllo, said that Mr Puigdemont fleeing to Brussels was an “error and a sign of desperation”. And there were signs in Catalonia that Mr Puigdemont’s decision to leave the country was not shared by all of his former government colleagues, some of whom showed up for work in their departments on Monday, despite the imposition of direct rule from Madrid under emergency constitutional powers. “There are some people who are still working for Catalonia in the functions that correspond to them and others who will explain their decisions at some point,” a source from the office of Catalonia’s ousted vice president, Oriol Junqueras, said of Mr Puigdemont’s journey. Al despatx, exercint les responsabilitats que ens ha encomanat el poble de Catalunya. #seguimpic.twitter.com/npc6vFH0rB— Josep Rull i Andreu (@joseprull) October 30, 2017 The source said that the now deposed Catalan number two had gone to work in Catalonia’s economy department on Monday. Josep Rull, another ousted government member, posted a photograph of himself on Twitter sitting at his desk, on which a copy of Monday’s edition of the Catalan newspaper El Punt Avui was visible. Spain’s interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoído, appealed to Mr Rull to desist from his defiant attitude, explaining that the Catalan Mossos d’Esquadra police force had been given direct orders from Madrid to file criminal reports against regional officials who did not accept their dismissals. “I ask him to be sensible and to avoid dragging more public servants to the precipice,” said Mr Zoído. Bon dia �� A post shared by Carles Puigdemont (@carlespuigdemont) on Oct 29, 2017 at 11:39pm PDT Amid expectation that he might also defy Madrid and attempt to enter his former presidential headquarters on Monday morning, Mr Puigdemont appeared to be relishing the game of cat and mouse, posting a photograph of an interior view of the government palace on Instagram in an ambiguous hint that he may have found a way of sneaking inside. The mystery as to Mr Puigdemont’s whereabouts deepened when he failed to attend a meeting of his PDeCAT pro-independence party where the decision was taken to run in elections imposed on the region by Mr Rajoy and set for December 21. A source from Mr Junqueras’ Catalan Republican Left party said they would also enter the elections, as long as they are “free of the violence and intimidation we saw during the referendum”, marred by police charges against voters. “We will never deny Catalan people the chance to choose at the ballot box. We ask that the Spanish government respect their decision this time.” Watch: Police enter Catalan government buildings after dissolution of Parliament Police enter Catalan government buildings after dissolution of Parliament 00:37  



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Machete-wielding man shot dead in Brussels after attacking soldiers

Machete-wielding man shot dead in Brussels after attacking soldiersA man armed with a machete was shot dead in Brussels on Friday after he attacked soldiers on patrol. The man had attacked two soldiers in the Belgian capital, witnesses said.  "With the identity that we currently have it is a 30-year-old man who is not known for terrorist activities," a spokeswoman for the prosecution service said. Reports said the soldiers were not seriously injured. Freddie Martyn, 25, told the Telegraph: "Just picked up my brother from the train station. We saw two to three ambulances, three army dogs, 10 police officers and the same amount of soldiers.  "Apparently a guy with a machete attacked one soldier and apparently it all went very quickly. They thought he had a bomb on him. They fired two shots directly at him and took him out." Birdseye view from my and @tdasilvarosa 's flat – man attacked soldier with machete #attack#brussels at least one man in critical condition pic.twitter.com/jNr4aO2ESF— Freddie Martyn (@FreddieMartyn) August 25, 2017 Mr Martyn was also in Brussels for the bombing in the metro station. "I got to work five minutes before the bombing at Maelbeek station. "I feel a bit scared by all of this but sadly I am getting  quite used to it."



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Pres. Trump Criticizes NATO Allies on Defense Spending in Brussels Speech

Pres. Trump Criticizes NATO Allies on Defense Spending in Brussels SpeechIn a speech at NATO headquarters Thursday, the president threatened ties between the US and its European allies, saying fellow NATO countries were not meeting financial obligations.



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SitRep: Trump in Brussels; NATO Joins ISIS Fight it’s Already Fighting; Navy Challenges China

SitRep: Trump in Brussels; NATO Joins ISIS Fight it’s Already Fighting; Navy Challenges ChinaRussian Spies Bragged About Flynn Contacts; Manchester Updates



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