Belgium (i/ˈbɛldʒəm/; Dutch:België[ˈbɛlɣijə]; French:Belgique[bɛlʒik]; German:Belgien[ˈbɛlɡiən]), officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a sovereign state in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts several of the EU's official seats and as well as the headquarters of many major international organizations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres (11,787sqmi) and has a population of about 11million people.
Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community, which constitutes about 59% of the population, and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon population, which comprises 41% of all Belgians. Additionally, there is a small group of German-speakers who live in the East Cantons located around the High Fens area, and bordering Germany.
Belgian wine is produced in several parts of Belgium and production, although still modest at 1,400 hectoliters in 2004, has expanded in recent decades.
Belgian wine first appeared in the Middle Ages, around the 9th century. It is unlikely that wine was made in the area now known as Belgium before that, since the climate was not suitable and Gaul was covered with thick forests. However, there are mentions of Paris vineyards in the 4th century. From that time, vine cultivation spread northward and in the 8th century the banks of the Rhine were covered with vineyards. The first attempts at viniculture in Belgium were made around the same time. Moreover, the vineyards were already well established in Amay. The vineyard at Vivegnis, in the north of the province of Liège, was already considered old in the 9th century, as well as the vineyard at Huy, which belonged in part to the Bishop of Liège. The edges of the Meuse River were intensively cultivated because they offered well-exposed hillsides.
Over the weekend, violent protests spread from the Netherlands to neighboring Belgium, where police in Brussels used tear gas and water cannons to contain rioters ...Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and areas of eastern Europe are among the hot spots ... That risks playing into the hands of groups seeking to exploit the situation ... .
BRUSSELS. Europe rushed to ban travel from southern Africa on Friday to slow the spread of a new Covid-19 strain that scientists fear could torpedo efforts to beat the pandemic ...Botswana, Eswatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe ... Belgium, which saw similar scenes of violence last weekend, is also expected to announce new measures ... .
HungaryBeatBelgium and Qualifies for Davis CupFinal. The Hungarian men’s tennis team qualified for the Davis Cup Finals after a heroic battle in which they beat Belgium, a participant in the previous edition’s finals over the weekend in Debrecen.
With governments under pressure to stem the tide and support overburdened hospitals, public anger in some countries is mounting and there was violent rioting in several countries over the weekend ... In Belgium about 35,000 people marched through the capital Brussels on Sunday carrying banners objecting to vaccination and Covid-19 restrictions.
Covid cases are surging across Europe as governments reimpose restrictions in a return to measures many thought vaccines had made redundant. Austria went into a full lockdown on 22 November... Meanwhile, the Netherlands imposed a three-week partial lockdown last weekend and Belgium has tightened rules on face masks. Which all begs the question.
22 (Xinhua) -- In response to the tightened COVID-19 measures, demonstrations were held around Europe this past weekend, amid rising new cases and a new wave of pandemic. In Belgium and the Netherlands, the protests intensified into rioting, prompting the police to use tear gas and water cannons.
Belgium and the Netherlands meanwhile condemned clashes that rocked weekend protests against new anti-Covid measures, aimed at containing a surge in infections sweeping parts of the continent ... In Denmark this weekend, around 1,000 demonstrators protested government plans to reinstate a Covid pass for civil servants.
Belgium and the Netherlands meanwhile condemned the clashes that rocked weekend protests against new anti-COVID measures, meant to contain a surge in infections sweeping parts of the continent ... And in Denmark this weekend, around 1,000 demonstrators protested government plans to reinstate a COVID pass for civil servants.