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Public money paid for Reynders’s Légion d’Honneur ceremony

The ceremony at which foreign affairs minister Didier Reynders was awarded the Légion d’Honneur was paid for with public money, it has been revealed. On March 27, Reynders was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. As reported in Le Vif at the time, the...

Georges Simenon’s archives return to Belgium

John Simenon has donated the entirety of the archival documents relating to his father’s work. He has created the Simenon Heritage Fund within the King Baudouin Foundation , which will ensure its perpetuity. The donation includes manuscripts and typescripts, correspondence, books, photographs,...

Creighton University sets up exchange programme with Namur

Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska will soon offer an exchange program with Namur University in Belgium, writes the Omaha World-Herald’s Lizzie Johnson . Officials from Creighton will today sign a cooperative agreement with the Walloon university. The agreement allows Creighton students to...

Belgian Gaelic sports club earns praise from MEP

Irish MEP Martina Anderson has congratulated Craobh Rua, the Belgian GAA club for organising the European Camogie and Hurling Finals which are to take place in Brussels this Saturday. “It is fantastic to see such an important facet of Irish culture being celebrated in Brussels,” she said. “These...

Culture beat - August 1

The work of Brussels-based artist Javier Fernandez incorporates neither a naturalistic interpretation nor an idealistic purpose, we are told. It is characterised by three essential elements: the shape, always rectangular, without theme or motive. The colour, a structuring element, lending itself to...

@seven August 1

Antwerp considers fast-track registration – for a price

The city of Antwerp is considering the creation of a ‘fast-track’ registration system for foreigners who pay more. "We are aiming the scheme in particular at foreigners who work," deputy mayor Liesbeth Homans, of the N-VA party, told De Morgen. Antwerp city council decided back in February to...

One in seven employees working from home

The number of Belgian employees working from home has risen by 25% in three years, writes Le Soir. A study by the Directorate-General for Statistics and Economic Information reveals that, while 416,717 employees (11.4%) teleworked in 2008, the figure rose to 523,723 (14.1%) in 2011. The figures...

LVMH chief executive moves €2bn to Belgium

Bernard Arnault, chief executive of French luxury group LVMH, pumped some €2.1bn across the border into Belgium in 2012, reports Reuters’ Robert-Jan Bartunek , citing documents from the National Bank published in business daily De Tijd. Arnault, who is France's richest man, last year said he had...

Broken Circle Breakdown wows Australian critic

Belgia film The Broken Circle Breakdown has opened in Australian cinemas, and has garnered praised from the venerable Melbourne daily, The Age . “Belgium may seem an unlikely source for a film built on bluegrass music, but the tragic trajectory of Felix van Groeningen's boho romance is constantly...

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