Medics ready to load a patient infected with COVID-19 into a waiting helicopter to be transfered from Verviers hospital to Antwerp, on November 9, 2020.

Why Does Belgium Have the World’s Highest COVID-19 Death Rate?

Individualism, regional divisions, and fragmented government authority have led the capital of Europe to fail where many poorer and less-connected countries have succeeded.

A man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to journalists in French, leans on the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces just after leaving the Islamic State's last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4.

They Left to Join ISIS. Now Europe Is Leaving Their Citizens to Die in Iraq.

A Belgian fighter captured in Syria was transported to Iraq to face trial. He's now on death row.

The Palais de Justice in Brussels in 1966. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

The EU’s Buildings Are as Opaque as Its Bureaucracy

Brussels’ sprawling, confusing architecture matches the institution it houses.

The “Founding Fathers” exhibit at the House of European History highlights key architects of European integration. (Dominique Hommel/European Union 2018 – EP)

Night at the Museum

Brussels’s new European history museum could put anyone to sleep.

Children play soccer in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 7, 2010. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Scramble for Africa’s Athletes

Shady sports agents have taken a page from human traffickers. They’re luring young men to Europe with promises of fame and exploiting them instead.

A man carries a young girl who was injured in a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces on June 3, 2014 in Kallaseh district in the northern city of Aleppo. Some 2,000 civilians, including more than 500 children, have been killed in regime air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo since January, many of them in barrel bomb attacks. AFP PHOTO / BARAA AL-HALABI        (Photo credit should read BARAA AL-HALABI/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Is Helping Allies Hide Civilian Casualties in Iraq and Syria

The Pentagon is doing its partners in the anti-Islamic State campaign a favor, at the expense of its own transparency.


NATO Prepares to Be Disappointed by the Cheshire Cat President

U.S. allies will not leave Thursday's summit feeling any more reassured than when they arrived.


Belgium and the Netherlands Redraw Borders in a Peaceful Land-Swap

If only the rest of the world’s border disputes were solved this peacefully.


In Brussels, an Extradition and Accusations of Abuse

The case of Mehdi Nemmouche shows the simultaneous struggles facing Western European governments.

Belgium Asylum and Migration Minister Theo Francken attends a ministerial meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JAH) at the European Council in Brussels, on  December 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Belgian Minister Defends Zero Tolerance Clip as a Joke

Belgium’s migration minister sparked plenty of outrage when he mistook a parody for a pat on the back.

Belgian Minister for Security and the Interior Jan Jambon attends a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Brussels terror attacks at the European Jewish building in Brussels, on April 19, 2016. / AFP / THIERRY CHARLIER        (Photo credit should read THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Belgian Minister: Do I Really Need Proof to Say Muslims Danced After Brussels Attacks?

Belgium's interior minister is being asked to explain his claims that Muslims danced in celebration after last month's terrorist attacks.

A picture taken on December 3, 2015 at the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy-en-France, outside Paris shows the wanted notice of terrorist Salah Abdeslam (L) and Mohamed Abrini.  / AFP / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD        (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe’s Joint-Smoking, Gay-Club Hopping Terrorists

What if “radicalization” doesn’t look anything like we think it does?

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Is Mohamed Abrini the Man in the White Jacket?

It remains unclear whether the man arrested Friday in Belgium is the same one police believe was involved in the airport attacks.

Moroccans and their donkeys head to the village of Taghdouine to buy supplies for their remote village on March 5, 2016 in el-Haouz province in the High Atlas Mountains south of the capital of Marrakesh.
When using well-known search engines, one can find very few information about Taghzirt village. And while tourists from all around the world enjoy the sun warm days and the snow-covered view of the nearby mountains from Marrakesh, hundreds of villagers suffer from the harshness of winter and isolation, due to the state of the roads leading to it. Many villagers find it hard to access food, medical health and education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA        (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Morocco’s Outlaw Country Is the Heartland of Global Terrorism

The northern Rif mountains have been home to hash-peddlers, smugglers, and outlaws for centuries. Now they’re a breeding ground for Europe’s jihadi terrorists.

Policemen work into a marked out perimeter in Colline street in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on January 15, 2015, after two men were reportedly killed during an anti-terrorist operation. Belgian police launched a "jihadist-related" anti-terrorism operation in the eastern town of Verviers on January 15. According to the Belgian prosecutor's office, the group which police targeted was about to commit a terror attack. AFP PHOTO / BELGA PHOTO / BRUNO FAHY ** BELGIUM OUT **        (Photo credit should read )

The Age of the Lone Wolf is Far From Over

Even as the Islamic State evolves into a more sophisticated network, it will still cultivate unhinged, solo actors to further its fanatical ends.

A fully armed F-16 fighter jet is pictured at the military base of the 10th Tactical Wing, in Kleine Brogel, Peer, on March 21, 2011. Six Belgian F-16 fighter jets will be active in the ongoing military operations in Libya. AFP PHOTO/BELGA /YORICK JANSENS =Belgium Out= (Photo credit should read YORICK JANSENS/AFP/Getty Images)

Belgium’s Failed State Is Guarding America’s Nuclear Weapons

Washington’s traditional nuclear strategy isn’t keeping Europe safe — it’s putting everyone at risk of apocalyptic terrorism.

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