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Lionel Baland

Location: Belgium

Activity: Writer, Journalist

Articles: 6

Notes: 16

Opinion: 4

Lionel Baland

specialization:

Euroscepticism, Patriotic parties of Europe

About:

Lionel Baland is a Belgian patriotic writer and a former journalist. He lives in Liège, the French speaking part of Belgium. For 5 years his fields of study were the law and the journalism. He was a member of the Parti social-chrétien (P.S.C.), a center-right party, and was in the Leading Committee with the ministers of this party in 1999 as well as in the Ligue (a patriotic party).

Lionel Baland published many articles in such notable newspapers and magazines as: Ardennes magazine, Clin d'œil, La Libre Belgique-Gazette de Liège, Sud, C4. Due to his status, he got a card of press of the Association des Journalistes de la Presse Périodique. 

Lionel manages an Internet blog about the patriotic political parties in Europe. He also published a book in Paris about Jörg Haider, a long-time leader of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) and later Chairman of the Alliance for the Future of Austria (Bündnis Zukunft Österreich, BZÖ), a breakaway party from the FPÖ.

LATEST ARTICLES and notes

EXPERT OPINION

Lionel Baland

Terrorism Raid in Belgium Yields 16 terrorists

At the moment, there are two Belgiums. If other places of the country are still quiet and if the people living there are only disturbed by what they learn from the media about the situation in Brussels, in the capital city of Europe and Belgium it’s the state of siege: a lot of shops, the nurseries, schools and the university are closed, the army and the police are patrolling the streets, the metro doesn’t work, the streets are empty and cultural and sport installations are not open to the people. At the same time, the police is still searching for some terrorists in different places of the country.
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Lionel Baland

Cologne mayor's 'arm's length' advice to avoid sex attacks draws ridicule

In the case of the “rapefugees” in Cologne and in other cities in Germany on New Year's Eve, the press of the system and the system avoided that this events came to light, but the social networks and some non-mainstream media spread the information. At least, after some days, the mainstream press started to write and speak about it. The social media won against the press of the system. 

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Lionel Baland

Living in slums, Greece's migrants fight hunger and cold

The first victims of the politicy of Angela Merkel are the migrants. They sell everything at home, travel in bad conditions and arrive finally in Northern Europe, full of hope, thinking that they will get a house, a car and a job. A lot of them are sent to a tent or to an uncomfortable shelter somewhere in Germany. They don’t speak German and many don’t have any qualification. The only future that they can have in Europe is a very bad job with a low salary. Many of the migrants are not refugees, but young men travelling alone. They have big jackets, walking shoes and can walk 30 km a day. They travel very fast. By contrast, for the true refugees, travelling is very hard because they are with women, children and old members of the family. The mafias and the traffickers take a lot of money of these people. The migrants are a big threat for the German and European women and for the true refugees too. There are many rapes and sexual aggressions, not only when the woman refugees are traveling toward Northern Europe, but when they stay in a shelter or in a tent in Germany too. The inhabitants of the Balkans become the troubles. To avoid this, they are two right solutions for Germany: taking the refugees directly by plane from Turkey to Germany or closing the German border and refusing to take refugees and migrants. But Angela Merkel denies choosing one of these two solutions and so they put the trouble in other countries. She works against her own people but against the other people of Europe too.

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Lionel Baland

Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui named as suicide bombers behind Brussels Airport attacks

Brussels is the capital city of Europe, of Belgium and of Flanders. Everybody could imagine an attack there, especially in the metro and at the Brussels airport. The Belgian police captured some days ago Salah Abdeslam, an Islamist who took part at the attacks in Paris. All these elements could conduct to envisage the present drama. But, the Belgian government didn’t reach to protect its own people and main city.

I was this 22 of March – the day of the attacks in Brussels -  in Verviers in the Eastern part of the country where in January 2015, the police killed two Islamists preparing an attack. This small city was one century ago a center of the textile industry and was very rich. The middle class houses of this time are still there. But the inhabitants are not anymore the same. Henceforth, immigrants from third world countries and mainly from Morocco are living there. In the region, everybody knows that this situation come from the politics of the former socialist mayor who attracted in the city poor immigrants to get their votes. A lot of women wear the veil and some the burqa; the rate of crime is high and the Belgian inhabitants don’t want anymore to live in the city center but prefer to stay in villages outside it. In the center of the town, plenty of stores are empty.

After the events of Brussels, the police officers in Verviers were sent to the front of the schools and the public administration buildings. But they were only two for each building; they had only their own revolver and only some had a bulletproof jacket. If one or more Islamists attacked with a submachine, the policemen would be killed without be able to do something. It’s an illustration of the true situation in Belgium: the authorities have to make a kind of poor show to reassure the people, but that will fool no one.

If in Verviers, this situation happens; near Brussels - in municipalities as Molenbeek or Schaerbeek - this problem is worse because it’s there at a very large scale. If in Verviers, the police can not manage the problems, you can imagine, how it is near Brussels.

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Belgium

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Australia

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