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Ghent mayor wants begging outlawed

Ghent mayor Daniel Termont wants the federal government to take measures to prohibit begging, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report today. "So long as begging is not outlawed by the federal authorities, local measures will be useless," he says. Ghent has taken punitive steps against beggars who...

Culture beat - April 11

Sensual tango seems to have replaced saucy salsa as the leading Latin dance. Here in the capital, fans of the provocative partner dance can work out non-stop at the Brussels Tango Festival until Monday. They’ll be lucky to find time for a siesta with a packed programme of shows, workshops and...

France’s wealthiest man drops Belgian citizenship bid

Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, has withdrawn his application for Belgian citizenship after the move caused outcry in the country. Arnault, the head of luxury group LVMH, applied for the citizenship last year as France moved to impose a 75% tax on incomes above €1 million. He had always...

ID card confiscation advocated for young Syria-bound Muslims

The mayor of Vilvoorde will tonight recommend that young Belgian Muslims seeking to fight in Syria have their ID cards confiscated, preventing them from travelling, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report. Hans Bonte (pictured) will put his proposal to his counterparts from Antwerp and Mechelen...

Turkish brothers finally buried after three years in Belgian morgue

The bodies of two Turkish brothers murdered in Belgium in 2010 have finally been returned to their family in Turkey after being held in a morgue for 937 days, reports Turkish Press . Vahit and Naciye Aygun had to wait for more than two-and-a-half years for their sons’ bodies to be released as...

Queen Fabiola’s foundation not yet wound down

More than three months after Queen Fabiola announced that she would abandon her controversial Fons Pereos foundation , the widow of King Baudouin has not yet taken the first steps to do so, De Tijd reports today. This was confirmed by her solicitor, Jean Van Rossum. In January, Queen Fabiola issued...

‘Neighbourhood lifestyle hotel’ chain expands into Belgium

The Pentahotels group is to open five hotels in Belgium this year as part of its expansion plans, writes Travel Daily Media's Amanda Greenwood . The group has signed contracts to take over the Mercure Brussels Centre Louise, Alliance Hotel Brussels Airport, Mercure Liège, Alliance Hotel Brussels...

Wage watchers: how much does a court reporter earn?

Court reporter Chris Verhaeghe, 24, from Halle talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I’m a journalist for the Persinfo news agency and work as a court reporter for the VRT’s news service. I follow all kinds of court cases taking place at Brussels’ courthouse,...

Running for Retrak: Week 9

At Retrak, we believe we can transform highly vulnerable children’s lives, preserve families, empower communities and give each of them a voice. To do that, we employ very gifted and skilled staff and we constantly develop them to be able to deliver services of a very high standard. In February, a...

Belgium second-worst in Europe for motorcyclists

Belgium is the second most dangerous country for motorcyclists in Europe, just behind Greece. More than 120 motorcyclists die each year on Belgian roads, an average of 12 deaths per million inhabitants, Flemish broadcaster VTM said, quoting a study by motorists’ organisation Touring. Heavy traffic...

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