BeNeLux http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/18762/all en BeNeLux http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/benelux <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-section-nav-icon"> <div class="field-label">Navigation Icon:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_section_nav_icon" width="300" height="127" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/nav-icons/nav-icon-benelux.png?1294164178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-section-article-icon"> <div class="field-label">In-Article Icons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_section_article_icon" width="97" height="97" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/section-icons/section-icon-benelux.png?1294164165" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-seo"><legend>SEO</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-metatitle"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BeNeLux News - Breaking News and Headlines from GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-metadesc"> <div class="field-label">Meta Description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BeNeLux News, Belgium News, Netherlands News, Luxembourg News. 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Our in-country <b>Belgium, Netherlands</b> and <b>Luxembourg</b> news correspondents give readers a ground-level glimpse into <a href="http://www.globalpost.com">world news</a> by analyzing the people, politics and economy of this Western European financial powerhouse.</p> <h2> Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg News Online</h2> <p>Would you like to see more <strong>Belgium, Netherlands </strong>and<strong> Luxembourg news online</strong>? Become a GlobalPost member. As a member you can suggest and vote on stories and interact with correspondents in the field. Learn more about becoming a<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/members"> GlobalPost member</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sectionrss"><legend>RSS</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-rsstitle"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost — BeNeLux </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sponsor"><legend>Sponsorship</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-sponsored-section"> <div class="field-label">Sponsored Section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> BeNeLux Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5615912 at http://www.globalpost.com A murder trial verdict provides little closure http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/indonesia/090105/murder-trial-verdict-provides-little-closure <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Former intelligence official Muchdi Purwoprandjono was accused of involvement in the killing of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Gelling </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Defying what analysts had called an opportunity to demonstrate reform, a Jakarta court last month acquitted a former intelligence official of any ties to the murder of Indonesia's most-celebrated human rights activist.</p> <p>Munir Said Thalib was poisoned while flying to the Netherlands in 2004 aboard the state-carrier Garuda. Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, an off-duty Garuda pilot who jockeyed to sit next to Munir during the flight, has already been sentenced to 20 years for the murder. The director of Garuda at the time, Budi Setiawan, also went to jail for his involvement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/indonesia/090105/murder-trial-verdict-provides-little-closure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Europe Indonesia Thu, 08 Jan 2009 04:13:53 +0000 Peter Gelling 7738 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: European Union http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090106/which-it-stands-european-union <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Europeans hope Obama will see — and need — them as an equal partner. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Teri Schultz </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS &mdash; When Barack Obama ran on a platform of &ldquo;Change We Can Believe In,&rdquo; Europeans quickly counted themselves among the &ldquo;we.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090106/which-it-stands-european-union" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan BeNeLux Asia-Pacific Diplomacy France Europe Germany Thu, 08 Jan 2009 22:23:40 +0000 Teri Schultz 8582 at http://www.globalpost.com Greg Crouch http://www.globalpost.com/bio/greg-crouch <div class="field field-type-text field-field-biofirstname"> <div class="field-label">First Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Greg </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-biolastname"> <div class="field-label">Last Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crouch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Gregory Crouch covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg for GlobalPost. Crouch has delivered front-page, leading stories for the New York Times, National Public Radio and RTL, including coverage of the death of Slobodan Milosevic at a detention center in The Hague, the rise of the Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, and the World Court&rsquo;s ruling on the Israeli security barrier and a Dutch doctor&rsquo;s pleas for infant euthanasia. Over the years, he has also produced reports for CNN, the BBC and Channel 4 in Great Britain.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-biophoto"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/all/modules/contrib/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/Gregory Crouch.png" type="image/png; length=77033">Gregory Crouch.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-bioglobalblog"><legend>Global Blog</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-bioblogenable"> <div class="field-label">Enable:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-syndication"><legend>Syndication</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-striphtml"> <div class="field-label">Strip HTML:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/bio/greg-crouch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 10131 at http://www.globalpost.com Czechs plan to address gas crisis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/czech-republic/090111/czechs-plan-address-gas-crisis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy security will be one of the Prague's priorities during its stint at Europe's helm. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bruce I. Konviser </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PRAGUE &mdash; The <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/european-union/090111/backgrounder-the-eu-presidency">rotating EU presidency</a> made its way to the Czech Republic Jan. 1, making it one of the few potential power players in the gas crisis that gripped the continent last week.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It&rsquo;s become a near-annual event: Russia and Ukraine are feuding over the price of Russia's natural gas, as well as who is responsible for cutting off the flow of gas into Europe, which travels via pipeline through Ukraine.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/czech-republic/090111/czechs-plan-address-gas-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Czech Republic Europe Russia Mon, 12 Jan 2009 00:37:09 +0000 Bruce I. Konviser 16533 at http://www.globalpost.com Backgrounder: The EU presidency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/european-union/090111/backgrounder-the-eu-presidency <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bruce I. Konviser </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>It sounds like the opening line of a bad joke: &quot;When a European Union delegation travels abroad on a foreign affairs mission (such as the one to the Middle East last week) who's in charge?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> A reasonable person could be forgiven for thinking it's the External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy Commissioner. It's not.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> How about: the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union? Even with that lofty title, this office holder is not in charge either.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/european-union/090111/backgrounder-the-eu-presidency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Czech Republic France Europe Mon, 12 Jan 2009 00:32:29 +0000 Bruce I. Konviser 16534 at http://www.globalpost.com Docs and EU pols set sail for Gaza http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/benelux/090111/docs-and-eu-pols-set-sail-gaza <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free Gaza activists say on last attempt to pierce the blockade, the Israeli navy rammed their vessel. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AFP </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A group of 30 pro-Palestinian activists including EU MPs and doctors plan to brave Israeli forces in a bid to deliver desperately-needed medical aid to Gaza by sea from Cyprus on Monday.</p> <p>The Free Gaza Movement's last attempt to break the blockade on the embattled territory resulted in its boat colliding with an Israeli navy vessel and being turned back on December 30.</p> <p>The activists insist their boat, which was in danger of sinking, was repeatedly rammed by the Israeli vessel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/benelux/090111/docs-and-eu-pols-set-sail-gaza" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Diplomacy Europe Israel and Palestine Middle East Spain Mon, 12 Jan 2009 02:59:57 +0000 AFP 17020 at http://www.globalpost.com EU presidency left red-faced over artwork http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/european-union/090115/eu-presidency-left-red-faced-over-artwork <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sculpture commissioned by Czech government features toilets, drunkenness. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Teri Schultz </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS &mdash; Each European Union presidency hopes for some &ldquo;oohs,&rdquo; &ldquo;aahs&rdquo; and positive publicity when unveiling its redecoration of the European council headquarters.</p> <p>Usually, the artists involved don&rsquo;t apologize profusely for their creations.</p> <p>And the officials introducing any new artworks don&rsquo;t generally refer to them with terms like &ldquo;dismay&rdquo; and &ldquo;unpleasant shock.&rdquo;</p> <p>Of course, the art usually does not involve toilets, drunkenness and masturbation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/european-union/090115/eu-presidency-left-red-faced-over-artwork" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Czech Republic Europe Fri, 16 Jan 2009 01:05:41 +0000 Teri Schultz 51489 at http://www.globalpost.com The United State of Europe http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/european-union/090120/the-united-state-europe <!--paging_filter--><p>While the scenes could not be compared to what we're seeing on TV from Washington, D.C., the inauguration of President Barack Obama has been enthusiastically feted in the European capital as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>Brussels heartily welcomed the man who'd been overwhelmingly favored over John McCain in every opinion poll, with the recurring theme that this victory is theirs, too, that this change in the U.S. will help them change for the better as well. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/european-union/090120/the-united-state-europe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Diplomacy Europe Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 132938 at http://www.globalpost.com Belgian killer painted his face like "The Joker" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/benelux/090125/belgian-killer-painted-his-face-the-joker <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The gruesome attack occurred a year and a day after actor Heath Ledger's death. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paul Ames </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS &mdash; As Belgians gathered in the thousands to mourn the victims of Friday's frenzied knife attack on children and staff at a small-town day care center, the nation strugged to comprehend the motives of the young killer.&nbsp;He reportedly painted his face like the Joker from &quot;Batman&quot; before the bloodbath that took the lives of two babies and one of their caretakers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/benelux/090125/belgian-killer-painted-his-face-the-joker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Europe Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:14:54 +0000 Paul Ames 210336 at http://www.globalpost.com Is chocolate recession-proof? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/benelux/090213/chocolate-recession-proof <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brussels sweet shops report steady sales as customers seek an affordable comfort. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paul Ames </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS &mdash; Forget music. A glance at storefronts around Brussels at this time of year will tell you that chocolate is the food of love.</p> <p>In the city that regards itself as the world&rsquo;s capital of chocolate, St. Valentine&rsquo;s Day is big business. This week chocolatiers across Brussels are working overtime to encase the ardor-inducing confections into heart-shaped packages, rose-petal wrappings and raspberry-hued hat boxes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/benelux/090213/chocolate-recession-proof" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Business Europe Fri, 13 Feb 2009 12:36:19 +0000 Paul Ames 319952 at http://www.globalpost.com For mayors committed to climate change, a fete in Brussels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/european-union/090214/mayors-committed-climate-change-fete-brussels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The EU sees cities as key to meeting 20/20/20 plan to reduce emissions and improve energy use. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Teri Schultz </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS &mdash; A group of mayors made a heady visit to Europe&rsquo;s capital this week.&nbsp;</p> <p>After all, the president of the European Commission said he was envious of their political authority. He was among the EU leaders who told the mayors their efforts would be key in solving the globe&rsquo;s biggest challenge &ldquo;to be fought and won&rdquo;: climate change.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/european-union/090214/mayors-committed-climate-change-fete-brussels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Green Europe Mon, 16 Feb 2009 21:26:00 +0000 Teri Schultz 329626 at http://www.globalpost.com Experts not drawing conclusions from Schiphol crash http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/benelux/090225/experts-not-drawing-conclusions-schiphol-crash <!--paging_filter--><p>Aviation safety experts are expressing caution over suggestions that the high survival rate in Wednesday&rsquo;s Turkish Airlines crash outside Amsterdam and last month&rsquo;s non-fatal jetliner ditching in the Hudson River are the result of new aircraft technology that makes it more likely passengers will walk away from a crash.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/benelux/090225/experts-not-drawing-conclusions-schiphol-crash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Europe Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 414950 at http://www.globalpost.com Is Bono a tax evader? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/ireland/090303/bono-tax-evader <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In Ireland, the activist and U2 singer hears criticism of his band's accounting practices. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Conor O&#039;Clery </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUBLIN &mdash; The Irish seem to take a wicked pleasure in tearing down those among them who reach the heights of fame. It&rsquo;s called begrudgery.</p> <p>Bono is getting a taste of it. The U2 lead singer has been getting a lot of hits &mdash; not of the musical kind &mdash;&nbsp; from fellow citizens of late over taxes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/ireland/090303/bono-tax-evader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Business Europe Ireland Wed, 04 Mar 2009 03:44:22 +0000 Conor O&#039;Clery 469591 at http://www.globalpost.com Bashir warrant should make dictators wary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/090304/bashir-warrant-should-make-dictators-wary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Experts say International Criminal Court decision against Sudan's president sends a warning. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paul Ames and Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The decision by the International Criminal Court to issue a warrant for the arrest of Sudan&rsquo;s president Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur was a legal landmark.&nbsp;</p> <p>It is the first time since the Hague tribunal was set up in 2002 that it has indicted a standing head of state. The decision was immediately hailed by human rights campaigners as a warning to dictators around the world.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/090304/bashir-warrant-should-make-dictators-wary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa BeNeLux Diplomacy Europe Wed, 04 Mar 2009 23:28:52 +0000 Paul Ames and Tristan McConnell 478517 at http://www.globalpost.com