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De Crem to represent Belgium at Thatcher funeral

Vice-PM and defence minister Pieter De Crem will represent Belgium at the funeral of the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, reports Flanders News . Thatcher died last Monday at the age of 87 and the ceremony takes places in London’s Saint Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday. She was Britain...

Belgian on board Bali crash plane

A Belgian was among the 108 passengers on board the plane that missed the runway on Saturday at Bali airport and landed in the sea, a spokesman for the Indonesian transport ministry confirmed. All passengers and seven crew members survived the crash, though some passengers were slightly injured and...

Belgium told to pay €5,000 to asylum seeker

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Belgium to pay €5,000 to an Afghan asylum seeker who had been imprisoned for four months due to appeal proceedings by the Court of Cassation even though his lawyer had obtained his release after just four days, De Morgen reports today. "This judgement...

Air Liquide installs first fuel cell on isolated site in Belgium

French multinational company Air Liquide recently started up the first hydrogen fuel cell system on a remote site in Belgium, reports Renewable Energy Focus . This fuel cell solution is an alternative power supply for telecom antennas in isolated locations, which are difficult to connect to the...

Belgian cuisine coming to Kansas

A Belgian couple who has operated restaurants in France is relocating to Wichita, fulfilling a long-time desire to move to the U.S. and run a restaurant there, writes the Wichita Business Journal’s John Stearns . Florence and Didier Fraikin will open a restaurant offering French and Belgian cuisine...

Controversy over Coca Cola-backed pro-sugar campaign

The Flemish Professional Association of Food Experts and Dieticians (VBVD) has courted controversy by launching a new advertising campaign in favour of the consumption of sugar that is funded by soft drinks manufacturer Coca Cola, reports Flanders News . Belgium's High Council for Health has raised...

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...

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