24Mar 2017
Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, Fehtulah Gulen, Russia, China, religion, power, Constitution, opposition, AKP, referendum

Seen by mostly everyone as one of the countries that would join the European Union in the next rounds of invitations, the Republic of Turkey has underwent some drastic changes in the last year, both socially and politically. From the massive migration wave caused by the Syrian Civil War – that has brought more than… Continue reading

21Mar 2017
Antwerp, diamond, Axel Haelterman, Servais Verherstraeten, Open Flemish Liberals, Democrats, Code of Criminal Procedure, diamond club, Patokh Chodiev

The 2011 extension of the scope of criminal transaction was not the first bill meant to resolve Antwerp diamond industry’s legal issues. It was not the first draft law created by the diamond lobby, written by AWDC’s lawyers, introduced by Servais Verherstraeten, and endorsed by the informal group of Belgian MPs serving the interests of… Continue reading

12Mar 2017
Kazakhgate, Patokh Chodiev, Nicolas Sarkozy, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Eurocoper, EADS, Société Générale, France, Bruxelles

Kazakhgate is the name of a widespread story in the Belgian media, according to which a change in the Belgian Code of Criminal Procedure happened because of some negotiations between the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his counterpart in Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. More specifically, Nazarbayev agreed to buy some 40 helicopters from France only… Continue reading

10Mar 2017
Felix Mutati, Edgar Lungu, Zambia, IMF, government, economy, privatisation

Edgar Lungu’s decision to appoint Felix Mutati as Finance Minister is a clear message to the IMF and the World Bank: Zambia is again ready to follow IMF’s austerity policies. Mutati, who was minister in Mwanawasa’s and Banda’s governments, played a key role in approving and carrying out IMF’s prescriptions. Zambian economy collapsed as a… Continue reading

03Mar 2017
Antwerp World Diamond Centre , Servais Verherstraeten, Axel Haelterman, Raf Verstraeten, Catherine Degoul, Patokh Chodiev, diamonds, Kazakhgate

On 14 April 2011, the Belgian Parliament voted a law that amended the Code of Criminal Procedure. According to the law, it became possible as from 16 May 2011 to enter into transactions with the Public Prosecutor to terminate the public prosecution of offences at all the stages of a criminal procedure. The project of… Continue reading

26Feb 2017
Tony Blair, Aleksandar Vučić , partnership, advisor, Serbia, NATO, war

Vucic’s partnership with Blair is an insult to the memory of civilian victims of the 1999 war. On 23 April 1999, a NATO missile killed sixteen workers of the Radio Television of Serbia. A few hours later, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair praised the bombing and called for more such attacks. Alexandar Vucic, at that… Continue reading