UNHCR Calls for EU Help for Greece to Improve Asylum System for Refugees

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urged Greece to implement urgent measures to address severe overcrowding on the Greek Aegean islands and stressed the need for European solidarity, after a three-day visit to the island of Lesvos and to Athens. At a press conference on Thursday to conclude his visit, the High Commissioner outlined…

Exotic Mosquitoes Invading Belgium

Researchers from the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp have spotted tiger mosquitoes in  Belgium this year, finding eggs, larvae and adults of Aedes albopictus. The species was located in three motorway parking areas in both Wallonia and Flanders. This supports an earlier indication that the mosquito was travelling to Belgium with motor vehicle traffic from…

The Sweet Taste of Freedom

I had the pleasure of meeting Roman Suschenko today in the company of his friend and colleague Dmytro Shkurko the Brussels based correspondent for Ukrinform, the national news agency for Ukraine. Roman was in Brussels for a private visit, to brief the European Parliament and officials from the EU institutions about the harsh realities of…

Evidence Released of Concentration Camps in China for Muslims

A leading Brussels-based human rights group has voiced concern about ethnic minority groups, mostly Uighur Muslims, in China. Leaked documents about Chinese detention camps are said to dramatically contradict government claims they are voluntary job training centres. The classified documents, which have been broadcast by Sky TV, appear to confirm the testimony of many former detainees that they are centres…

Sack Minister Orzhel, Trade Unions Demand

The 35 000 member strong trade unions of Energoatom, Ukraine’s state owned nuclear power generating company voted over the weekend to step up their demonstrations in central Kyiv. They have issued 3 demands to Ukrainian President Zelensky:- Dismiss Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel. Cut out the Ministry of Energy from the chain of command so that…