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Brussels Lockdown: X-Ray of the Belgian Security Apparatus

Brussels, the diplomatic capital of the world and host to the NATO headquarters and EU institutions, is under the highest terrorist threat. MO* investigative journalist Kristof Clerix, author of two b ...
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Spy war behind the scenes of the Brussels diplomacy

At least three senior officials from sensitive European departments have in recent years been called back from Brussels by their country of origin, on suspicion of having had contacts with Russian int ...
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Belgium chases Russian spy couple

The Belgian Federal prosecutor’s office has launched an inquiry into two Russian intelligence officers that have clandestinely acquired the Belgian nationality with the help of Belgian diplomats ...
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Ilkka Salmi, the EU’s spymaster

Information on the latest developments in Ukraine is of utmost importance for European policy makers. A crucial player in this field is the EU Intelligence Analysis Centre (INTCEN), the EU’s own ...
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‘Not putting things into your computer is a very effective tool’

When the world’s most powerful man asks your personal advice on one of the most sensitive geopolitical topics,  it’s fair to say you are influential. Together with four other American ...
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Brussels’ 007 dimension

Several espionage affairs make the headlines in Belgium. The partly state-owned telecom company Belgacom became victim of a cyber attack and also the Belgian ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prime ...
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The red telephone line between Brussels and Washington

Like the Soviet Union and the US used to have a “red telephone line” during the Cold War in case of emergency, also the EU has a direct emergency line with Washington. Did the NSA try to s ...
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Dealing with the legacy of the past

On July 1 Croatia will join the European Union. How has the country dealt with its recent wartime past? Interview with Balkans specialist Dr Janine Clark (University of Sheffield).
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Belgian diplomat suspected of espionage

The Belgian ministry of Foreign Affairs has called back a Belgian diplomat from his post in Copenhagen on the suspicion of espionage. Consul O.G. from Bruges, who during 25 years had been in contact w ...
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The dragon no longer is the little brother

The population of Russia is declining fast. In the Far East, only six million Russians are left. At the other side of the border, hundreds of millions of Chinese are packed together in the northern pr ...
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'Activity of Russian intelligence service has risen exponentially'

In an interview with MO*, Alain Winants, the head of the Belgian civil secret service ("Veiligheid van de Staat") comments on the recent spy case in Estonia.
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The new mission of Radio Free Europe

At the beginning of August, the Romanian department of Radio Free Europe closed the books. After almost sixty years, the station had become superfluous.

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