Belgium

    • Belgium to have first female PM

      Belgium to have first female PM

      Liberal politician Sophie Wilmes is set to become the first female prime minister of Belgium, local newspapers reported on Saturday. She is expected in November to replace the outgoing Prime Minister Charles Michel, who has been appointed president of the European Council, one of the top positions in the EU, according to the reports.

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    • EU launches in-depth investigation into Belgian tax benefits

      EU launches in-depth investigation into Belgian tax benefits

      The European Commission has opened separate in-depth investigations to assess whether “excess profit” tax rulings granted by Belgium to 39 multinational companies gave those companies an unfair advantage over their competitors, in breach of EU State aid rules. Today's opening decisions follow the General Court's February 2019 annulment of the Commission's January 2016 decision concluding that the same tax rulings formed part of a Belgian aid scheme that was illegal under EU State aid rules.

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    • Radical Islam on rise in Belgium

      Radical Islam on rise in Belgium

      The Belgian State Security Service (VSSE) has registered around 100 organisations of Salafi movement, a branch of the Sunni Islam that advocates the rule of the sharia law, local media reported on Thursday. While the government has no official data on the number of Salafi organisations in the country, Justice Minister Koen Geens has confirmed an increase in the number of groups linked to the Salafism.

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