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Port of Antwerp receives largest ship ever

The vessel is 400 metres long, has 19 decks and weighs more unloaded than 55 nuclear submarines. If all 18,000 containers were laid end to end, they would stretch for 110 kilometres. The Port Authority said it was “delighted” with the arrival of the Mary Maersk. The success of the run proved...

Thousands attend funeral of former Belgian PM Wilfried Martens

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Ghent on Saturday to attend the state funeral of former Belgian prime minister Wilfried Martens. Merkel was one of many Belgian and European leaders who took part in the funeral in Sint-Baaf’s Cathedral in honour of the Flemish statesman, who died on 9 October...

In the neighbourhood - ING Cultural Space

There's no need to head straight back home after the exhibition, with plenty of places nearby to go for lunch or dinner, enjoy a drink, shop and even spend the night. Here's our pick of some of the best spots: Laurent Gerbaud In his mission statement, Brussels chocolate maker Laurent Gerbaud says...

Duvel Moortgat buys American craft brewery

The Puurs-based Belgian brewery Duvel Moortgat announced it would enter a "long-term partnership" with American craft brewer Boulevard Brewing Company, thereby strengthening Duvel's already large presence in the North American beer market. Boulevard Brewing Company was founded in 1989 in Kansas...

Suzuki Belgium introduces car with WiFi

Suzuki Belgium this week presented its new limited edition iSwift model, equipped with a mobile hotspot for wireless internet. It comes with a two-year subscription to Mobile Vikings, which allows up to 2 GB of data per month at home and abroad. The built-in 3G Wi-Fi hotspot of the type iX-i5 comes...

Belgium among top eight seeds for World Cup

Belgium has secured a berth among the top seeds for next year’s World Cup, ensuring it will be kept apart from hosts Brazil and the other six top ranked teams in the group stages of the tournament. The coveted seeding comes after Belgium shot up the FIFA rankings: The Red Devils are now fifth in...

Volvo Ghent unveils investment plan

Swedish truck builder Volvo plans to invest “several million” euros in its factory in Ghent, in a move designed to turn the site into the company’s largest for trucks over 16 tonnes. The plan also involves the removal of production lines for medium-sized trucks to a factory in France. Volvo Ghent...

New inland shipping link approved

Flemish transport minister Hilde Crevits ( pictured ) signed a treaty today with three other EU ministers that paves the way for the creation of a new inland shipping corridor to link the river Seine with the river Scheldt. The project forms part of the EU’s ambitious Trans European Transport...

Brussels charity bake off kicks off with a cake extravaganza

The tables were heaving under the weight of chocolate ganache, buttercream filling and cream cheese frosting, while judges were bracing themselves for the onslaught of calories. This was it, the first-ever great Brussels charity bake off 2013 was finally launched with a staggering 23 teams. The EU...

How to buy antiques, art and objects at auction

Start by checking the online catalogue. If something catches your eye, attend the public exhibition preceding the sale, talk to the experts on hand and decide on your maximum bid. It is advisable to familiarise yourself with the auction process, too. When the auctioneer states the opening price he...

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