# Belgium

European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders gives a press conference on EU rules on data protection (GDPR) and the new EU Strategy on victimsí rights in Brussels on June 24, 2020. (Photo by Olivier HOSLET / POOL / AFP)
European Commissioner for Justice Didier […]

EU racism pledge clouded by ‘blackface’ controversy

A pledge by the EU to make its 30,000 strong civil service more diverse has been overshadowed by the blackface-wearing past of its top justice official, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova Gorica Klemen Miklavic (L) and his Italian counterpart, mayor of Gorizia Rodolfo Ziberna, cut a symbolic ribbon to inaugurate the reopening of the border between Slovenia and Italy in Nova Gorica, Slovenia on June 15, 2020. Photo: Jure Makovec / AFP
The mayor of the Slovenian town of Nova […]

EU’s haphazard route to post-lockdown border reopenings

As European countries emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and lift travel restrictions, the EU has aimed to coordinate border reopening among members - but the process has been far from harmonious
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIETTE LE ROUX (FILES) This file photo taken on December 6, 2008 shows a prostitute, waiting for clients behind her window in the red light district of Amsterdam. Dutch prostitute Terry van der Zijden proudly points to a photo she took of the bedroom in which she plies her trade; a sexless still-life neatly mounted on the wall of an Amsterdam art gallery. "There is my bed, that is my bureau" she states matter-of-factly in front of a picture of a room with tranquil green linen, scatter cushions and potted flowers -- part of an exhibition entitled "This is my workplace" by sex workers who completed a photography course in June. AFP PHOTO/ANOEK DE GROOT (Photo by ANOEK DE GROOT / AFP)
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Sex workers’ hands tied under virus lockdowns

Across Europe, the coronavirus pandemic has forced many sex workers to rely on hardship funds and online platforms to make ends meet with many worried about the future after lockdowns are lifted
A nurse looks at Corinne B. a patient infected with COVID-19 at the post COVID-19 unit of the Lariboisiere Hospital AP-HP (Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris) in Paris on April 27, 2020, on the 42nd day of a lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 disease, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
A nurse looks at Corinne B. a patient in […]

Virus takes toll on mental health of Europe’s medics

Health experts in countries worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic are warning of a psychological crisis among medical staff brought on by dealing with high levels of serious illness and death
Callers attempt to establish who the patients spent time with — and may have infected — during the two days before their symptoms emerged. Photo: Aris Oikonomou / AFP
Callers attempt to establish who the pat […]

Belgium’s new profession, the Virus Tracker

With Belgian leaders still debating how to set-up and deploy a coronavirus tracing smartphone app, authorities have set up old-fashioned call centres to interview the infected
Municipal employees put masks in envelopes to send the town's residents in Lincent, eastern Belgium, on April 28, 2020, during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
Municipal employees put masks in envelop […]

Resourceful Belgians team up to supply virus masks

Belgium has promised every resident a protective mask from next week, when the country begins to lift its coronavirus lockdown, and mayors like Yves Kinnard are taking matters into their own hands
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