Bruno Waterfield

Bruno Waterfield


Bursting the Brussels bubble for The Times | Nullius in verba | Get in touch brunowaterfield@gmail.com

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In one case police officers burst into a house where a family had gathered with a terminal grandmother on a hospital bed in the living room. "This is beyond all limits of humanity," said Bart de Wever

"Common sense must come first," "Of course, the police can stop a barbecue with 100. But intervening in people's private lives? Asking the supermarket where people are domiciled? I'm not giving an order for that. ”

Dr Leentje Janssen who works in a Ghent hospital has claimed that Belgium has avoided a crisis in coronavirus intensive care by sacrificing elderly patients "Those who grew up in the aftermath of the war are now being sacrificed"

"The only reason why intensive care is not full is because we have started to use very different medicine. Older people of various medical backgrounds, who presently present themselves with a suddenly deteriorating condition, are weighed up faster than ever...

"Although everyone is a victim of this crisis, it is mainly the elderly who die here"

Belgium latest figures: a dip in hospital admissions 162 deaths over past 24 hours with delayed reporting of another 241 deaths in Flemish care homes bringing total to 2,035

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Yves Stevens, crisis centre spokes: "The decrease in the number of hospital admissions is encouraging. We are far from there yet, but we are on the right track. continue, show solidarity and take care of yourself and others"

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Interesting on the future from Steven Van Gucht, the chances are that the corona virus will return every flu season "That in itself is not a problem. In the long term, we expect it to behave like a normal seasonal virus...

Dutch think it is "reasonable and sensible" to set conditions on loans from the ESM. That's political poison for Italy and Spain ahead of today's euro group video conference call

Wopke Hoekstra, Dutch finance minister told MPs that conditions would be attached for loans to be used for economic recovery but could without string if used directly for acute medical crisis.

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Every day, I am more and more struck how unrepresentative and flakey Britain's political class/state apparatus has become and how incapable it is at dealing with change, or a challenge (such as Brexit). It seems so weak and looks so irrelevant

NEW EU ready to make a major concession on consent by allowing a double majority in the NI assembly to leave new Irish backstop after (as yet) unspecified number of years

Timing of this could not be worse. It is doing the rounds in all the EU delegations. Expect France, Barnier etc to raise it later

Summit could be called off. Germany and France not on same page I hear. What a disaster for May if #EUCO  is cancelled

Microphone at end of press statements, picked Varadkar speaking to Tusk "They'll give you terrible trouble, the British, for this," he said. Tusk nodded and laughed.

To make it black & white: this #EUCO  is offering Greece a choice between humiliating vassal status or Grexit

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