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Both sides can move onto discussions of a future trade deal between the UK and EU after 2019.
Belgian police say the suspect was wearing 'an explosive belt'.
The gifts of 2016 weren't sweetly wrapped in chic silver bows beneath a popcorn-trimmed tree. Rather its gifts were hiding under piles of muck, mire, and metaphorical dirty diapers. 2016 made us work for its rewards; an ongoing dichotomy. Low meeting high. Pain meeting beauty. Injustice meeting a renewed fervour for truth.
Brussels can be a wonderful foodie centre. You just have to venture a little bit further than just the old town. With that in mind, here's a quick guide to eating and drinking your way through foodie Brussels, the express way.
Below the surface of the proposed British exit from the European Union is a sense of great consternation in the smaller countries that make up the United Kingdom. Having lived, studied and worked throughout the U.K. for the past two years, the divisions within the country are striking and broader than most North Americans realize.
We Canadians are writing to you, the Socialists, New European Left, and Greens, because you have the power to stop these dangerous trade deals. With this type of trade agreement, we have a choice: Do we accept rising inequality, unchecked corporate power, and lowered social and environmental standards, allowing the one per cent to become richer at our expense, or do we draw a line in the sand?
Immediately after Pope Francis became the leader of the world's 1.2-billion Catholics this week, he prayed for guidance. And it's little wonder. He is the newly elected CEO of the Vatican. The United States, despite a currency mantra of "In God We Trust," has also been forced to undergo serious soul-searching following its 2008 fiscal catastrophe.
The two different types of siege may be taking the worlds of Brussels and Berlin -- eventually -- to the same destination. However, the journey is a perilous one. Brussels will continually be under short-term pressure, to help what Berlin sentiment refers to as the Club Med countries. Berlin, alternatively, may be so fixated on the long-term that the EU or the Eurozone as we know it will be hollowed out.