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Serbian gang dismantled in Belgium

A Serbian criminal gang which includes a man wanted at home on suspicion of involvement in a murder is being detained in Belgium awaiting trial on charges of robbery and burglary, In Serbia News reports. The seven-strong gang, which has committed 150 robberies and burglaries in Flanders in the past...

Latvia on course for Eurozone membership – Reynders

Belgium’s foreign minister, Didier Reynders, believes Latvia is heading in the right direction in its bid to join the eurozone, The Baltic Course reports. “Latvia is on the right track. We hope that Latvia will be able to join the eurozone next year. We are also awaiting reports from the European...

New €5 note refused in many places

The new €5 banknote, the first of a new series released last Thursday, is being refused in many places, the Sudpresse newspapers report today. The note is being rejected by vending machines, automated car parks and some ATMs where cash deposits are usually possible. Some shops are also refusing the...

Belgian dies in quad crash in Greece

A Belgian holidaymaker has died in a quad accident on the Greek island of Rhodes. The man from Antwerp, who was in his fifties, had rented the bike with his wife to explore the island, but the couple were hit by a bus. The Belgian foreign ministry has confirmed the death, saying the man was killed...

Vienna caught in the act

Never have I heard a person say, “God, Vienna is ugly. I hate that place”. In fact pretty much every time I mention that a majority of my family lives in the Austrian capital, strangers start to ooh and aah about how beautiful it is and how much they’d love to move there – if it wasn’t for the...

The Fall - "Re-Mit"

Thirty albums in, does The Fall still have the power to take people by surprise? Their last effort, 2011's Ersatz GB, while undeniably ballsy, saw the band - and ringleader Mark E Smith himself - flirt dangerously with complacency. Worse still, the album's first single, Laptop Dog, was - shock, horror – below par.

Café De Markten

De Markten is, in the first instance, Brussels’ Dutch-language community centre. It is also, we gladly discover, the perfect lunch spot.

From our reclined position we order two glasses of fresh-squeezed orange juice. The juice has obviously been pressed using part of the orange peel because it is tart and tangy, and our straws gurgle with every last drop. We move from the comfy chairs to a proper table as soon as one frees up. A peek inside reveals a bright, airy and minimalist interior. White walls and wooden floors give the place a clean and modern feel, but not overly cosy.

Culture beat - May 10

Three master musicians, Massot-Florizoone-Horbaczewski (pictured above), meet at Muziekpublique on May 18 for a rendition of their second album, Balades Ephémères. The Belgian jazz trio cross into folk and classical territory competition with their unlikely partnership of accordion, tuba and cello...

Noumenon: sci-fi furniture

We’ve all been there: You spend an afternoon at Ikea, come home with a flat-pack and then spend the rest of the night trying to follow the cryptic instructions using only a tiny Allen key to create a new piece of furniture. What if instead you could bring home a package the size of a box of...

Brussels & Antwerp world’s most congested cities

The cities of Brussels and Antwerp are the world’s two most traffic congested cities, according to the annual Traffic Scorecard compiled by traffic and navigation service provider INRIX, reports Forbes Traveler . Traffic congestion overall in Europe dropped by 18% last year compared to 2011, and...

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