Belgian mayor orders police to detain rough sleepers who refuse shelter, as temperatures plunge across continent
Homeless people in parts of Brussels will be detained overnight if they refuse shelter to protect them from sub-zero temperatures this week.
A weather front nicknamed the “beast from the east” has hit Europe, bringing snow and strong winds, adding a further chill factor. In Brussels, temperatures are set to fall as low as -10 degrees Celsius.
Hungarian PM’s supporters are winning EU-funded contracts while facing little competition
A European parliamentary watchdog has called for tougher scrutiny of EU spending in Hungary, as concern grows among MEPs and transparency campaigners that a class of oligarchs with ties to the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, could use the EU “as a cash register”.
Hungary is on course to receive €25bn (£22.2bn) from the EU in the seven years to 2021, making it one of the largest per-capita recipients of the bloc’s economic development funds.