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Gelato in Uccle

To begin, Glacier Zizi.

Any self-respecting Brussels parents in the past half-century have brought their children here to satisfy ice cream cravings. The family-run shop was established in 1948 and named after its founder, Izzi, who was teasingly called “Zizi” (French slang for a certain male body part).

Wage watchers: how much does a fire brigade paramedic earn?

Fire brigade paramedic Tom Roesbeke, 26, from Eeklo talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I am a paramedic for the fire brigade in Ghent. As paramedic I am responsible for the medical support, evacuation and treatment of patients. This can take place in many...

Philippe I is seventh King of the Belgians

King Philippe I has become Belgium's seventh monarch following the abdication of his father. Philippe, 53, took his oath in Belgium's three official languages – Dutch, French and German – two-and-a-half weeks after King Albert, 79, announced he would abdicate after 20 years on the throne. Albert...

Flemish nationalist boycott prevents disruption of Philippe’s investiture

There was no disruption during Philippe’s investiture ceremony yesterday, the far-right Vlaams Belang party having decided to boycott the ceremony. The closest thing to an incident was independent MP Jean-Marie Dedecker’s refusal to applaud the new king. The openly republican and separatist N-VA...

Milquet praises police for ‘magnificent’ day

Approximately 700,000 people in total attended yesterday’s July 21 festivities, interior minister Joëlle Milquet has revealed, based on information provided by the police. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all civil protection teams and all services who, for the past three weeks, have...

Detroit bankruptcy could cost Dexia €100m

The bankruptcy of the city of Detroit could have important repercussions for the Dexia group, several newspapers reported on Saturday. The Belgo-French group has in its portfolio a few loans held by Detroit for an amount that could reach €100m. Dexia had invested in 2006, just before the global...

Doctors offer free HIV tests in bars

Doctors have recently started going to bars and cafes providing saliva tests to detect HIV among people from high-risk groups, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report. Staff from Antwerp’s Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) offer the free service in bars and cafes very frequented by homosexuals...

Dissecting the 'Expat Survey': Brussels politics

As Belgium prepares to welcome a new king to the throne, questions will inevitably be asked of Philippe's ability to show the same diplomatic skills as his father in the minefield that is Belgian politics. In 2010 and 2011 the country infamously went 541 days without a government, and Albert's...

Half of music festivals serve alcohol to minors

Nearly half of Belgian festivals do not respect the ban on the sale of alcohol to young people under the age of sixteen or eighteen, an initial inspection conducted by the federal public service for health indicates, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report today. Violations were observed in five out...

Israel’s Godfather arrested over drug money laundering

The federal police’s Fugitive Active & Asset Search Team (FAST) has arrested an Israeli drug dealer known as ‘Israel’s godfather’. The man was arrested as part of an international operation led by the United States in which the Belgian federal police took part. Other arrests also took place in...

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