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Broken Circle Breakdown in the running for Best European Film

The Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown has garnered five nominations in the European Film Awards, including for the Best European Film of 2012. The film, directed by Felix Van Groeningen and based on the stage play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels, had already been included in the...

Living and lobbying in the European capital

Catherine Stewart came to Brussels in 1984 to work as a lobbyist in the heart of the EU. Today she is chairman of Interel Group, Brussels’ leading public affairs consultancy. Juggling her work with positions on the executive board of the Belgo-British Conference and the Council of the British...

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Belgian disaster team heads for Philippines

The government has dispatched a 40-member team from the Belgian First Aid and Support Team B-FAST to the Philippines, to help in disaster recovery following last weekend's passage of typhoon Haiyan. According to reports from the area affected, as many 10,000 people may have been killed by the storm...

Brussels hospital builds €1 million villa for patients with pets

The UZ Brussels, the university hospital of the Free University (VUB), has plans to open a villa costing one million euros in 2016 where long-stay patients can meet their pets as part of psychiatric or palliative treatment. The plan, named Villa Samson after the puppet dog in the long-running...

Artist Arne Quinze's obsession with chaos

This duality is clearly visible wandering through Chaos in Motion , his new exhibition at At The Gallery in Antwerp ( pictured ), which offers an overview of recent and future projects. It becomes even more obvious when you see his work space in Sint-Martens-Latem, near Ghent, where everything is...

One coffee, please

One of the things I like about Belgium is the way they serve coffee. You can complain about the eternal grey skies or the insane car drivers, but you cannot possibly fault the way this country presents a cup of coffee. Here is how it works. You go into a cafe. It will probably be old-fashioned even...

British school shortlisted as best international school

The British School of Brussels (BSB) in Tervuren has been shortlisted for an award by the Independent School Awards in the category British International School of the Year. The Awards are administered by Funding for Independent Schools magazine, and given in 12 categories by an independent panel...

Little enthusiasm for former King's plea for more money

The government has no intention of changing the Civil List payment made to former King Albert “either directly or indirectly,” prime minister Elio Di Rupo told parliament yesterday. Earlier in the week the former king, who stepped down in July ( photo ), had asked for an extended expenses allowance...

Ten-year-old Belgian is Digital Girl of the Year

Ten-year-old Lune Victoria van Ewijk from Sint-Katelijne-Waver in Antwerp province has been named Digital Girl of the Year in a European contest to encourage girls to take part in science and technology. This year is the first time the awards have had a category for children 10 and under. The...

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