The Justice Minister in Belgium’s caretaker federal government Stefaan De Clerck (Flemish Christian democrat, photo) has responded with displeasure to speeches made by a number of Antwerp’s top judges at a ceremony to mark the start of the new judicial year on Thursday. The judges called Belgium’s current asylum and migration policy “a danger for democracy”.
Most speeches raised little or no controversy.
However, this was not the case in Antwerp, where a full-frontal attack was launched on Belgian Government policy on asylum and migration over the past few years.
"Politicians have neglected the migration problem for years. In so doing the political parties are leading us towards the demise of our democracy.”
"Thousands of loopholes in the law make it possible to drain the state dry to the disadvantage of every citizen”, Antwerp’s Advocate-General Piet Van Den Bon said.
"The disproportionate influx of foreigners and the fumbling reaction to it has led to an enormous waste of benefits and social assistance.”