July 13, 1999 |
In a historic transition, Belgium's new government of liberals, Socialists and environmentalists took office after more than 40 years of rule by the center-right. Guy Verhofstadt leads a government that combines fiscal conservatives with Socialists, promising policies friendly to business and the environment and an overhaul of scandal-ridden state institutions.
June 14, 1999 |
The center-left government of Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene lost Sunday's general elections in Belgium, preliminary results showed. With 86% of the vote counted, the coalition was set to lose 16 seats of its 82-seat majority. This loss would take it to 66 seats, well below half of the mandates in the 150-seat federal Parliament.
June 7, 1999 |
Egypt, Kuwait and Algeria on Sunday joined the ranks of countries curbing imports of Belgian meat and poultry as Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene halted a reelection campaign to deal with a food contamination scare. The bans were announced despite new measures unveiled by Belgium on Saturday to reassure consumers and control Europe's worst food scandal since Britain's "mad cow" crisis.
April 25, 1998 |
The short-lived escape of a child-murder suspect sent waves of anger, disbelief and shame across Belgium and led to calls Friday for the country's shaky government coalition to resign. The resignations Thursday of the Justice and Interior ministers did little to calm public outrage over the three-hour escape of Marc Dutroux, a convicted rapist charged with abducting and abusing six young girls and killing four of them.
September 2, 1996 |
"We were only eight years old, and we had lots of dreams. We thought life would be beautiful. You grown-ups, prepare us a better world." --Memorial placard written by the parents of Melissa Russo and Julie Lejeune **** The dark circles beneath Gino Russo's heavy eyes tell the story of a father's living hell.
August 1, 1993 |
King Baudouin of Belgium died of apparent heart failure Saturday while vacationing in Spain, a government spokesman said. The king, 62, died in Motril, a town in the southern province of Granada on the Mediterranean coast. He and his wife, Queen Fabiola, had been vacationing in Motril the past week. The king, who presided over a nation of 10 million people actually governed by a parliament, had prostate surgery in 1991 and an operation to repair a heart valve last year.