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No end to stream of refugees entering Brussels

The federal government has again increased the number of places available for refugees who have not yet been processed by the Office for Foreigners, as the stream of asylum-seekers arriving in Belgium continues unabated. After a brief respite, the numbers of refugees arriving this week rose again,...

Blind cinema: 'See' a film through a child's eyes

In the darkness of a Brussels theatre this weekend, cinema-goers will put on blindfolds and rely on children in the row behind them to explain in hushed voices what is happening. "It's a very intimate, personal experience," says Britt Hatzius, the multi-media artist behind Blind Cinema, which has...

Culture beat: 6 November

While Belgian ceremonies take place next Wednesday on Armistice Day, the Irish in Europe organisation gathers at the Anglo-Belgian war memorial in Place Poelaert on Saturday at 12.00 for its annual remembrance event . In addition to honouring Irish losses in the first and second world wars, it pays...

Airbnb Belgium doubles number of accommodations in one year

The number of accommodations offered in Belgium via Airbnb doubled in the last 12 months, according to Philippe Coulon, general manager of Airbnb Belgium. The online marketplace for the rental and booking of private accommodation lists about 2 million properties worldwide. In Belgium, there are...

Shoplifting rate in Belgium above European average

Belgian shop owners last year lost €927 million due to stolen merchandise. The Belgian figures contrast sharply with the European trend, which shows a decrease in retail crime across Europe, according to the Global Retail Theft Barometer. The global study is commissioned by Checkpoint Systems, a...

Belgian mothers give birth in the summer, on Tuesday

Mothers in Belgium give birth most often in the summer months of June, July, August and September. In terms of days of the week, Tuesday is the "most popular" day to give birth in Belgium, according to statistics from the FPS Economy. The federal department published the results of the study,...

Cantillon suspends production because of warm temperatures

Brussels brewery Cantillon has stopped production of its lambic beers because the temperatures are unseasonably high for November. The brewer, located in Anderlecht, makes lambic by a process of spontaneous fermentation which sees large copper vessels sitting in rooms with the windows and vents...

After fish fraud, now meat found mislabelled

Following news earlier this week that Brussels restaurants were serving cheaper fish than what is on the menu, meat producers have now been accused of using misleading labels. The information is based on a study carried out by the European consumer organisation BEUC, of which local consumer rights...

Star Wars R2-D2 plane lands at Brussels airport

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner painted in the colours of R2-D2 has touched down at Brussels airport to promote the forthcoming release of the seventh Star Wars movie. The jet, belonging to Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways, first took off from Tokyo in mid-October and has been visiting airports around...

Brussels electric tuk-tuk scheme plans relaunch

The organisers of Brussels' electric tuk-tuk taxi service are planning a relaunch after seven months in operation - with new vehicles better equipped to deal with the city's cobblestones. Mobiloo launched in April after nearly five years of administrative delays, with two rickshaws serving De...

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