Belgium
Artists Protest- Belgium (1) Succumbing to artists’ protest, Belgium suspends restrictions on cultural activity

The artist community and workers in the cultural sector have claimed that the Belgian government’s COVID-19 regulations targeting the cultural sector were not advised by experts

Belgian Workers’ Party intensifies campaign to reduce energy bills

As of December 25, a petition launched by the PTB demanding a reduction in the VAT has been endorsed by over 290,000 people. The VAT on energy bills is one of the highest in Europe

Workers party congress - Belgium Raoul Hedebouw is the new president of the Workers Party of Belgium

At the unity congress of the Workers’ Party of Belgium, Peter Mertens stepped down from the presidency after 13 significant years during which it became one of the prominent Marxist parties in Europe

Women's March - Belgium Belgian organizations protest spike in violence against women

According to a recent report by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE),  partner violence in families has shot up during the COVID-19 pandemic. 18 femicides have been recorded in Belgium since the beginning of 2021

“A true social climate revolution” is needed to save the planet

Marc Botenga of the Workers’ Party of Belgium spoke to Peoples Dispatch about the official discussions at the COP26 and the need for a social element in the green transition

Belgian youth demand system change to mitigate climate change

The Belgian youth group Comac has launched a campaign #GoToGlasgow to bring as many young people to Glasgow to mobilize in front of the COP26 Summit, demanding concrete policies to tackle climate change.

Belgian Workers’ Party calls for reducing VAT on electricity and gas

The 21% Value Added Tax on electricity and gas is some of the highest in Europe, according to the Workers’ Party of Belgium. A petition demanding a reduction in the VAT has been endorsed by over 250,000 people

Persecution of trade unionists - Belgium Belgian working class protests persecution of trade unionists, vows to defend right to strike

Last year, the Liège Criminal Court convicted 17 trade unionists involved in a national strike in 2015 “for obstructing traffic”. Since then, trade unionists and progressive political groups have been campaigning for the acquittal of the trade unionists and to defend the right to strike

Pension Reforms-Belgium ‘At 67 years old, all jobs are difficult’: Workers Party of Belgium launches campaign against pension reform

The Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB/PVDA) has initiated a campaign against the government’s proposed pension reform. It has stated that these plans will systematically demolish pension rights in the country

Belgian Floods Belgian Workers Party demands inquiry into poor flood management in Wallonia 

Like in several other European countries, heavy rains and flash floods wrought havoc in the southern and central parts of Belgium in July, especially in the Walloon region, resulting in heavy loss of lives and property

Anti-imperialists protest the 2021 Brussels summit of NATO

Anti-imperialist protesters allege that the NATO summit in Brussels served to step up its policy of confrontation which threatens to trigger a new Cold War with Russia and China

Belgian Workers’ Party condemns government’s apathy over waiving vaccine patents

The various members of Belgium’s coalition government have refused to back a proposal for a patent waiver on COVID-19 vaccines. Belgium and other European governments are under increasing pressure to accept the demand

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