Queen of Belgium
Mathilde Marie-Christine Ghislaine d'Udekem d'Acoz was born into nobility on January 20, 1973. Her grandfather and her uncle were barons and her father was Count Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz. Mathilde grew up at the family estate, Losange Castle in Villers-la-Bonne-Eau, Bastogne. Upon her marriage to Prince Philippe of Belgium, the Duke of Brabant in 1999, King Albert II of the Belgians elevated the family d'Udekem d'Acoz from the baronial to the comital rank, hereditary in the male lineage. Upon the accession of her husband, Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant to the throne of Belgium she became the first Belgian queen consort of native Belgian nationality. The couple has four children.
Lawmakers in the Spanish region of Catalonia have elected a pro-independence speaker as a new regional parliament met for the first time since it was dissolved by Madrid. That’s said to be their first step to return former regional president Carles Puigdemont to power. But he is still in exile in Belgium. Keith Walker speaks with DW’s Madrid correspondent Guy Hedgecoe about Puigdemont’s dilemma.
The Christmas log is a culinary treat specific to France, and other French speaking places like Switzerland, Belgium and Quebec. It’s a butter-cream and sponge-cake creation. And Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without one. John Laurenson went shopping to find out more.
Spain’s Catalonia region votes in a crucial election on December 21. It comes after months of turmoil following a referendum on October 1st. That led to the then Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont declaring independence. Madrid then dismissed the Catalan government, suspended the region's autonomy and Puigdemont and other Catalan leaders fled to Belgium. More from correspondent Guy Hedgecoe.
Campaigning has begun in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia ahead of a regional election on December 21st. It follows the turmoil of October, when the Catalan government declared independence. After Madrid deposed the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, he went into exile in Belgium. But the Spanish judiciary has now lifted an international arrest order against him. Guy Hedgecoe reports.
The Spanish high court nullified an international arrest warrant for the Catalan leader and four former ministers in exile in Belgium. The court said that the politicians had shown their "intention to return to Spain."