The ISIS attacks on France and Belgium exposed weaknesses in Europe’s approach to borders and information sharing that counterterror officials had warned about for years. The vulnerabilities remain largely unaddressed.
The push to improve intelligence agencies has generally followed three lines of thought: 1) Better centralize intelligence gathering 2)Increasing the sharing of information and 2) Upgrading the state’s ability to conduct surveillance and wiretapping.
One of the world's biggest dog shows is reeling after a top contender died — possibly poisoned. The owners of a three-year-old Irish setter named Jagger believe their dog was murdered with poisoned food after competing at the Crufts dog show.
Belgium has just minted a special euro coin. The denomination? 2.5 euros. But that's not the part that's got France in a fit. It's the fact that the coin depicts France's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
The US may be #1 in some areas, but it's topped in at least one by tiny Belgium. Belgium may hold the record, at least for developed countries, for days without a government - at 589 days. And, that seems to work pretty well... for Belgians.