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Prince Philippe back in California

Prince Philippe was Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s guest of honour at a dinner held at the Getty House (pictured) last night, reports the Daily News . The 53-year-old heir to the Belgian throne is heading a group of about 400 business figures, most of them representing Belgian companies,...

Something’s brewing: Sterling Books opens a cafe!

For sixteen years, Sterling Books has provided Brussels with the kind of bookshop usually seen in feel-good films: a place where you not only buy books, but where you also stick around for a chat, where the person behind the counter is as passionate about novels, poetry or culinary dictionaries as...

PM to introduce new concept to royal family: paying tax

Prime minister Elio Di Rupo has submitted to the Committee for the implementation of institutional reforms (Comori) a list of proposals aimed at overhauling the way stipends are awarded to members of the royal family. Among the more eye-catching proposals is the introduction of tax and VAT on royal...

Belgium’s Fyra announcement causes ripples in the Netherlands

The political impact of Belgium's decision to drop the Fyra high speed trains service continued to unfold on Monday, with Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem saying it is 'too early' to pull the plug, reports Dutch News . However, Dutch railway company NS is also keen to abandon the project...

Belgium ready to deal with controversial Indian politician

After the UK and Germany, Belgium has said that it too is ready to engage with Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi (pictured) , the Economic Times reports. "We are very willing to interact with him at the first given opportunity and would like to take forward business relations," Belgium’s consul...

Texan lawyer receives top Belgian honour for promoting cultural exchanges

San Antonio lawyer Robert Braubach recently received the Chevalier De L'Ordre De Léopold award from the Consul General of Belgium in New York, the San Antonio Express-News’ David Hendricks writes. Braubach received the award for his service as honorary consul of Belgium for South Texas and his...

Holland & Barrett acquires Belgian health store chain

The parent company of the British health store chain Holland & Barrett, NBTY Europe, has acquired the Belgian health and wellness chain Essenza, writes the Retail Times’ Fiona Briggs . The acquisition will see Essenza’s Flanders–based chain join NBTY Europe’s 934 stores. These consist of 704...

No way, computer! Primitive Sounds recording studio

Ever wanted to record on the same equipment as, say, the rock’n’roll icons of the famous Sun Studios in Memphis? Or maybe you want to try the first synthesizer, made in the early 1950s; or the legendary Vox organ used by The Animals, The Monkees and The Beatles; or the amp that inspired Neil Young’...

Nice to meet you at last: the Matongé-Europe Festival

Europe and Africa are neighbours – not just on the world map, but in Brussels too. Sadly, while the EU district and the Mantongé neighbourhood have lived side by side for decades, they never really got to know one another. Or maybe they have never been properly introduced. Because nothing unites...

Minerva to be resurrected at Ford Genk site?

A group of investors going by the name of Minerva Group Europe are planning to build environmentally friendly cars at the site of Ford Genk after the closure of the factory in 2014, Het Belang van Limburg reveals this morning. The group, which would initially have a capital of €800m, met last week...

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