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To the rescue: the Old Horses Lodge

The foal looking out over the barn door is just recovering from the last visible scars of severe neglect. The abscess above his right eye is receding, the bare patches on his flanks sprout new hair, and he stands sturdy on his young legs. But things were very different for Kito when staff from The...

31 people held over Brussels airport diamond heist

Thirty-one people were arrested in three countries this morning in dawn raids, more than two months after a diamond heist at Brussels airport , it was reported. In Belgium alone, about 200 police officers searched 40 flats, mostly in Brussels, and recovered some of the haul, according to the...

Onkelinx considers French-style soft drinks tax

Health minister Laurette Onkelinx is considering introducing a soda tax in Belgium, based on the French model, writes Tax News’ Ulrika Lomas . A tax on soft drinks rich in sugar and on diet drinks would serve not only to reduce the consumption of such beverages but also to generate much-needed...

OECD cuts Belgian growth forecast to zero for 2013

Weak domestic demand and subdued exports are likely to mean a second year without economic growth for Belgium in 2013, reports Reuters’ Philip Blenkinsop . The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development downgraded its earlier forecast yesterday, despite the fact that Belgium – the...

Bosman lawyer helps Belgian football agent challenge Uefa

A Belgian football agent is challenging Uefa’s financial fair play rules at the European Commission on the basis that it will lead to a drop in agents’ income, reports football.co.uk . Daniel Striani is being represented by Jean-Louis Dupont (pictured) , the lawyer who in 1995 secured the Bosman...

Olympia

Greek cuisine tends to get lost in translation. Friends and family come back from Greece waxing lyrical about light-as-a-feather dishes of grilled fish and cooling salads. In Western Europe, meanwhile, the birthplace of democracy is known, culinarily speaking, for stodge: think robust oven-baked dishes, or grilled meat served with pasta and potatoes. Worse, more often than not, the fare on offer plays second bouzouki to the tasteless decor (Discobolus, trident, Doric columns) and obligatory entertainment.

Running for Retrak: Week 13

There is a committed group of Retrak supporters living in and around Brussels. They’re very active, working on a range of projects from planning a study day in the European Parliament on the subject of street children worldwide, to organising events like wine tastings, bake sales, fundraising...

Next Brussels picnic protest on June 9

The PicNic The Streets movement will hold a new protest against the mobility policy in Brussels. A year after launching its first giant ‘picnic protest’, the group has invited its supporters to do the same on Sunday, June 9, on the entire width of Boulevard Anspach between the Bourse and Place De...

Award-winning Belgian helps develop Tibetan carpet craft

A 60-year-old Belgian veteran of the carpet industry is helping breathe new life into the art of Tibetan carpets, reports the People’s Daily . When Jozef Pandelaere came to northwest China’s Qinghai Province a year ago, he was seeking nothing more than a new life. Now, he has a bigger dream for...

Belgian animation wins AniFest Grand Prix

Animated film Oh Willy…, by Belgians Emmy De Swaef and Marc James Roelse, has won the Grand Prix at AniFest in the Czech Republic, reports Animation World Network . A total of 1,400 films were submitted to the competition, and there were 149 films in the finals striving for the Grand Prix. The main...

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