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Last January, five years after I came to live in Brussels, I decided the time had finally come to learn Dutch. I was tired of not understanding the guttural tones barked at me between songs on MNM Radio. I wanted to understand with more clarity my Belgacom bill, which arrived every month in Dutch...

Belgians in Top Ten of train users

The average Belgian takes the train 21 times a year, and travels a total distance by rail of 1,004 km, putting Belgium in the Top Ten of rail users in Europe + Japan, according to figures published this week by Litra, the Swiss service for information on public transport. The survey shows wide...

Fraud case against prince thrown out

A case involving fraud carried out by a Belgian prince has been dismissed by the Brussels court of appeal, with the loss to the state of €75 million in damages. Prince Henri de Croÿ-Solre, a member of a family of minor nobles whose family dates its titles back to the 16th century, was convicted in...

35-year-old author Blondeau passes away

The Belgian author and journalist Thomas Blondeau died at the weekend of a suspected aortic rupture, his publisher De Bezige Bij announced yesterday. The 35-year-old wrote widely in the Flemish and Dutch press, including De Morgen , De Standaard , Klara.be and NRC Handelsblad . Blondeau was born in...

Belgian battlefield tours draw UK students

More than 1,000 schools in the UK have signed on to a plan to bring secondary school students to Flanders to visit the battlefields of the First World War during the centenary, which starts next year. According to the British Foreign Office, the £5.3 (€6.25) million plan has already attracted 1,097...

Brussels Airport to create 10,000 more jobs

Brussels Airport expects to have as many as 10,000 job vacancies over the next 10 years, according to CEO Arnaud Feist, speaking this week at the opening of the new Brussels Airport House. The House, on the fourth floor of the passenger terminal at Zaventem, will gather together in one place all...

TomorrowWorld: Belgium successfully exports its hit dance music festival to the US

The US edition, just outside Atlanta, included many of the original festival’s popular features: gourmet food, clean showers and pristine camping sites. American festivalgoers had never seen anything like it, reported the US Business Insider. Another winning formula was the 300 DJ line-up...

Investigation launched into Namur plane crash

Police have started the identification process of the 11 victims of Saturday’s plane crash, following one of the worst aircraft disasters in Belgium in recent years. Ten skydivers and the pilot lost their lives when the plane spiraled to the ground, shortly after taking off from Temploux airport,...

Hundreds campaign against nuclear weapons

In the Brussels Cinquantenaire Park on Sunday, some 1,500 people gathered in support of a new campaign against the presence of nuclear weapons in Belgium. The 'Time to go' campaign's most immediate cause for action is the approval to modernise U.S. nuclear weapons in Limburg's Kleine-Brogel ...

Brussels university welcomes Wikipedia founder

Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the online non-profit encyclopaedia Wikipedia, is the guest of honour of the Ideafest seminar this Thursday at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). During the Ideafest, experts will discuss whether the free sharing of research results, so-called “open science”, could...

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