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NSA ‘helped foil terror plot in Belgium’

Belgian court documents and Western counterterrorism officials have revealed that a potential al Qaeda plot targeting Belgium was thwarted partly by email information provided by American internet providers, reports CNN’s Paul Cruickshank . The case, which came to light in 2008, shows how U.S...

Mistakes in pre-filled-in tax forms

Some simplified tax forms, which are already filled in by the tax authorities, contain inaccurate data, De Standaard, De Tijd and Het Nieuwsblad report today. The simplified forms are used for taxpayers whose situation does not change from one year to another, such as retirees who only have a state...

Switching energy providers a growing trend in Belgium

Belgian green energy retailer Lampiris doubled its market share last year as customers deserted market leader Electrabel, highlighting the impact of government encouragement for switching, reports EurActiv . For Lampiris's co-founder and chairman Bruno Vanderschueren, its growth is testimony to its...

Thalys services to Ostend and Namur to be scrapped

Federal economy minister Johan Vande Lanotte is willing to scrap the Thalys service between Brussels and Ostend provided that the Walloon branch, which runs via Namur, suffers the same fate, he told the VRT. The Ostend-Brussels stretch of the Thalys service to Paris is nicknamed the "Phantom Thalys...

70% of Belgians choose their car based on safety

More than seven out of 10 Belgians choose the car they buy according to safety criteria and 37% of them say they remain loyal to a brand, it transpires from a study conducted among 2,510 Belgians on behalf of the marketing platform of newspaper publishers association NewsPapersWork. However, the...

Premieres, open air and a femme fatale: the Brussels Film Festival

Every June, the Brussels Film Festival signals the end of the cultural season and marks the transition to the leisurely pace of the summer months, when music festivals take precedent over acquainting oneself with the latest high-brow art sensation. The film festival has had its fair share of...

Fat Boy’s

During the EuroCup madness, a group of friends and I manage to stake out a standing table outside with a view of the match. The place is heaving with English and French fans, alongside many other empathetic supporters like us. There’s a buzz in the air, synchronised sighs at missed chances and roaring cheers with every goal.

For a federal Europe: Stand Up for the United States of Europe

Stand Up for the United States of Europe, a recently founded citizen non-partisan movement, proposes the creation of a federation of European countries. Since the launch of the European journey the world has drastically changed. At the time, Europe enjoyed a favorable economic climate, growth...

Belgium arrests suspected drug-probe hackers

The Belgian authorities arrested two people suspected of hacking two large container terminal operators’ websites to enable narcotics imports through the port of Antwerp, reports Bloomberg’s Martijn van der Starre . “Two information- and communications-technology specialists were arrested last week...

Alfacam bought by France’s Euro Media Group

Belgium-based Alfacam, the troubled provider of Europe's largest fleet of outside-broadcast vans, will be bought by France's Euro Media Group, reports Reuters’ Robert-Jan Bartunek . The announcement was made this morning by the French company. Euro Media Group, which is partially owned by Belgian...

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