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EU helps pay for Zoniënwoud to come back together

The European Union is to pay €3.5 million – almost half of the cost – towards the work necessary to bring the Forêt de Soignes back together. The work involves building bridges and tunnels for animal migration. The remainder of the cost will be paid by Flanders region, Wallonia and Brussels in...

Brussels fire service threatens strike action

The trade union SLFP/VSOA representing fire service personnel in the Brussels region has issued an announcement of coming industrial action beginning on Monday. The union is protesting at the failure of the Brussels region to respond to complaints. The union's main complaint is the continuing...

Conference promotes maths and sciences from young age

Many students develop a negative perception of mathematics, technology and science between the age of eight and 11. That is the main conclusion of a survey in 10 countries, presented during the SECURE education conference in Mechelen this week, co-ordinated by the Thomas More University College...

Brussels Airlines to serve meals by De Karmeliet chef

Starting next week, business class passengers on flights with Brussels Airlines will be able to enjoy dishes prepared by the three-Michelin-star kitchen of Bruges restaurant De Karmeliet. The airline said the move would strengthen its position as an ambassador of Belgium. This is the first time the...

Electrical explosion causes widespread disruption

An explosion during works on a high-tension electrical station in Machelen, just outside of Brussels, around 11.00 yesterday morning led to widespread disruption across the country, including power outages and massive delays on the rail network. According to a spokesperson for electricity provider...

The winter cure

So, almost two months after hurtling over the handlebars of my bike, I’m about to dip my toe in the waters of this historical retreat. Thermes de Spa is a modern wellness centre perched high above the pretty stone town, built in 2004 to exploit the springs and breath-taking view over the valley...

Belgian and Dutch folk tradition sparks debate

A heated debate over the exact nature of Zwarte Piet, the helper of St Nicholas, or Sinterklaas in Dutch, has been exaggerated, according to Jozef De Witte, director of the Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Fight Against Racism. He called for a “serene” debate on the question of old folk...

First American Trappist beer in preparation

The timeless tradition of Trappist beer brewing could soon shift away from the European continent for the first time ever, with a new Trappist beer being prepared in Massachusetts in the US. According to industry reports, the monks of the Saint Joseph abbey in Spencer, Mass., about 55 miles (88km)...

Police presence prevents football fan clashes

A match between Anderlecht and Paris-St-Germain in Brussels yesterday went off without the much-anticipated clashes between the two groups of fans, thanks to a reinforced police presence. Police patrolled the streets surrounding the Parc Astrid stadium on foot, while a traffic detail accompanied...

Antwerp port expansion plans in question

The government’s plans for the extension of the port of Antwerp are hanging in the balance after yesterday’s recommendation by the Auditor of the Council of State that the entire plan should be scrapped. The auditor was giving his opinion in a case brought by the activist group Doel2020. His advice...

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