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Wage watchers: how much does a court reporter earn?

Court reporter Chris Verhaeghe, 24, from Halle talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I’m a journalist for the Persinfo news agency and work as a court reporter for the VRT’s news service. I follow all kinds of court cases taking place at Brussels’ courthouse,...

Running for Retrak: Week 9

At Retrak, we believe we can transform highly vulnerable children’s lives, preserve families, empower communities and give each of them a voice. To do that, we employ very gifted and skilled staff and we constantly develop them to be able to deliver services of a very high standard. In February, a...

Belgium second-worst in Europe for motorcyclists

Belgium is the second most dangerous country for motorcyclists in Europe, just behind Greece. More than 120 motorcyclists die each year on Belgian roads, an average of 12 deaths per million inhabitants, Flemish broadcaster VTM said, quoting a study by motorists’ organisation Touring. Heavy traffic...

Belgian wage complaint to Commission finds support in Germany

The European Commission is studying a complaint from Belgium about low wages at some German firms, described by Belgium as unfair “social dumping”, reports the BBC’s Laurence Peter . Two Belgian government ministers sent a letter last month alleging that Germany’s “mini-jobs” undermined EU...

Reynders reminds Serbia of Kosovo prerequisite

Belgium and the EU “have to be sure that Belgrade can solve its problems with Priština”, Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders said during a meeting in Belgrade yesterday with Serbia’s first deputy PM, Aleksandar Vučić. Vučić told Reynders that Serbia was prepared to fulfil the requirements in...

Football chairman locks players out

Players at troubled second division club FC Brussels have been locked out by the club’s chairman. After a deal with investors from Dubai broke down, chairman Johan Vermeersch decided to change the locks to club’s training facilities, locking out the new players brought in by the Dubai consortium...

Dutch anger at planned Belgian motorway tax

Dutch motorists’ organisation ANWB is angry about Belgium’s plans to introduce a tax for foreign motorway users to raise money for road repairs, reports Dutch News . Everyone with a foreign car planning to drive through Belgium by motorway would have to pay the tax, on a 10-day, two-month or annual...

Fin de Siècle

They also don’t take reservations, so expect to wait a while for your table. Our party of five takes a draughty seat by the door and nurses a round of Trappist beers (Rochefort, Chimay, Orval) in the meantime.

Finally seated, we have a look down the rows of other diners squeezed together at long wooden tables. There’s a party of 17 next to us. (Or are they together?) This is by no means a romantic one-on-one kind of restaurant, but rather a place where you bring along a bunch of mates, or go to meet a few new ones.

The worst 5 Ferraris ever

Poor Ferraris? Well, yes. The brand may be mythical, but it has still released some shocking vehicles. Let’s be honest, though: even the worst Ferrari will always be better than the average car. 208 GTB This is most probably one of the most beautiful Ferraris in history. And of course, it was...

Record number of tax denunciations

A record number of Belgians reported acquaintances and family members to the tax authorities for suspicious behaviour last year. The inland revenue received 1,221 such denunciations, an increase of about 70% on the previous year, report De Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg today. In...

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