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Charles Michel: had being trying to put together a working majority in parliament since the right-wing nationalist New Flemish Alliance (NVA) walked out nine days ago. Photograph:  Piroschka Van De Wouw/Reuters

Belgium’s Francophone liberal prime minister Charles Michel has resigned in the wake of a bitter falling out with his erstwhile Flemish coalition part(...)

Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, has said his country is unable to ratify the EU-Canada trade deal after failing to win the backing of the regional parliament of Wallonia.

The EU-Canada summit scheduled for Thursday is “still possible”, European Council president Donald Tusk has said, raising hopes that a landmark trade(...)

Traditional sailboats off Long Walk in the Claddagh Basin in Galway city. The city has been named European City of Culture 2020.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Galway has been named European Capital of Culture 2020. It saw off competition from Limerick and the Three Sisters cities of Kilkenny, Waterford and(...)

A canoodling couple lies on the pristine white sand. Two boys collect shells for their sand castles. A trembling black chihuahua yaps pointlessly a(...)

D-Day veteran Cecil Deller (89), from Cambridgeshire, stands on Sword Beach in Hermanville, France. Today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries, including Britain and the United States, join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, helping to bring about the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Hundreds of second World War veterans have begun commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, with many crossing the Chann(...)

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(...)

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(...)