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A man holds a sign reading ‘Stop our sacrifices for your benefits’ during a demonstration of the public sector staff against centre-right government’s austerity plans on Monday in Brussels. Photograph: Laurie Dieffembacq/AFP/Getty Images

Belgian public sector workers halted public transport in a work stoppage over budget cuts on Tuesday, increasing pressure on a government already batt(...)

On guard: special police in Brussels on Thursday, as investigations continued into the terror attacks on the city. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

The drone of helicopters and the faint sound of sirens hung heavy in the air. Time seemed to stand still in the skies above Brussels on Tuesday. In th(...)

An armoured car drives along the street in Brussels, Belgium. The city has  witnessed the biggest presence of armed forces since the second World War  Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

A deep sense of anxiety pervaded the streets of Brussels this week as the city was put on lockdown following warnings of a “serious and imminent” terr(...)

War weary: British soldiers at Mons in August 1914. Photograph: Mansell/Life/Getty (Digitally enhanced)

Driving along the quiet, secluded roads of southern Belgium, the towns of Liège, Dinant and Namur chequer the landscape, stopping points on the roa(...)

The Tyne Cot military cemetery near Ypres in Belgium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Deep in the quiet Belgian countryside lies Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest commonwealth graveyard in the world. The nine-acre site houses rows of wh(...)

A man casts his vote for the European Parliament and Belgium’s general elections in Deurne, near Antwerp, last Sunday. Voters in Belgium insert a card into a machine and make their choice on a screen using an electronic pen. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

On Sunday morning, along with millions of others in Belgium, I set out for my local polling station, voting card in hand, to exercise my democratic ri(...)

Belgium’s prime minister Elio Di Rupo (left) and Francophone Socialist party (PS) chairman Paul Magnette leave a meeting with King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Belgium began the process of forming a new government yesterday as outgoing prime minister Elio Di Rupo resigned from cabinet and King Philippe met(...)

A surveillance camera image shows the suspected killer walking near the Jewish museum in Brussels on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Belgian Federal Police

Belgian police were searching for a gunman yesterday who killed four people in the Jewish museum of Belgium on Saturday as the country went to the po(...)

Flemish   NVA president Bart De Wever (centre) gestures during an election meeting  in Bruges late last month.  Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

On Tuesday evening, citizens across Belgium gathered around the TV to watch a pre-election debate between two of the country’s top politicians, Paul M(...)

Sand sculptor Irina Sokolova works on a portrait of Belgian King Albert II during the sand sculpture festival in Blankenberge, northern Belgium. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

As Brussels begins to wind down for the summer and the city’s thousands of EU employees take their leave from the capital, an altogether different dra(...)

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