Europa

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Report

‘Not everyone has the strength to carry their heavy backpack’

The Afghan community in Antwerp (and in Belgium) is predominantly young, male and single. And hurt by a violent past. Should we be worried about the boys? Will the girls find opportunities? Portrait of a new generation of Antwerp citizens.
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Interview

From tomato picker to contemporary Jesus. ‘We need each other to tackle inequality’

‘I use cinema to address an issue.’ Yvan Sagnet refers to the pitiful working conditions of African migrants in the south of Italy, to pick vegetables that end up in our supermarkets. In Milo Rau’s "The New Gospel", he plays the lead role of a contemporary Jesus.
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Analysis

War on journalism in Belarus: ‘European Union is reacting too slowly’

‘Every journalist has spare clothes in his or her backpack. Because we are never sure we will make it home again.’ For more than a month now, Belarusian President Lukashenko has been waging a war on journalists. ‘But we keep on writing. That is our responsibility.’
Report

Afghans in Antwerp: ‘The journey begins once we reach our destination’

The 40-year war in Afghanistan is pushing more Afghans to become refugees. Their numbers are also increasing in Belgium. In the port city of Antwerp, Afghans have already become the fifth largest nationality group. Gie Goris talked to the Afghans of Antwerp.
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Analysis

Belgium slams doors on asylum seekers from El Salvador

Asylum seekers from El Salvador hardly ever receive a positive answer to their application for protection in our country. In 2020, barely 10 percent of Salvadoran asylum applications were approved; in 2019, the number was 90 percent. Does the change in trend indicate a revision of the policy?
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News

Future of controversial Ineos project in port of Antwerp uncertain, construction refinery postponed

Petrochemicals manufacturer Ineos is temporarily suspending the construction of the PDH unit that would make up half of 'Project One', a billion-dollar project that envisaged the construction of two plastics factories in the port of Antwerp.
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Longread

The fight against “political Islam” creates a monster that is everywhere and nowhere

The attacks in France and Austria reinforce the call for zero tolerance. Austrian Chancellor Kurz wants to tackle terrorism by outlawing 'political Islam', French President Macron by reforming Islam into a religion that fits the secular state. Is there a baby in the political bathwater?
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Analysis

‘Lowlifes, Scum, Shut up, Stay Home, Bitches’. Swearing in Political Discourse

‘He is back, bitches,’ ‘Lowlifes, scum, thug,’ or, ‘just shut up,’ ‘stay home.’ Even in the Low Countries, the use of profanity by politicians is no longer an exception. Is this profane language spontaneous and innocent, or is there a calculated strategy behind it? And what are the consequences?
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Report

Activist Mwazulu Diyabanza visits Antwerp: ‘Chef Ne Kuko must come home!’

In recent months, activist Mwazulu Diyabanza has made several attempts to remove African looted art from European museums. At the request of MO* he visited the Antwerp exhibition 100 x Congo in the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS). 
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Report

‘Illegal wood does not disappear from Ukrainian forests on its own’

In recent years, more wood was exported from Ukraine than officially logged. This can only be explained by illegal logging of wood that ends up in our printing paper, our clothing, IKEA furniture and other furniture. MO* went out into the Ukrainian woods.
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Analysis

Chinese and Russian ‘aid propaganda’ hijacks European corona crisis

The coronavirus is a magnifying glass that allows us to see the fault lines and changes in the world more sharply than ever. In the early days of the crisis, the EU showed a great inability to react in a coordinated manner, which in turn gave China and Russia much extra room to increase their influence in Eastern Europe. Are we bringing in the ...
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Report

Europe’s last primeval forests are turning into timber factories

Primeval forests are increasingly included in plans to tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis. They are the best carbon sinks, but they are disappearing rapidly. In the European Union, they are mainly located in Romania, where only 13 per cent are protected. The rest has already been turned into or is threatened to be turned into production for ...

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