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Italian art brings saints to life at Bozar

Should this promising Indian summer not be in it for the long haul, Brussels is offering a multifaceted Italian autumn, the highlight of which is an exhibition featuring the finest art from Italy’s city states in the middle ages. Until November, film archive Cinematek is the place to indulge...

Brussels releases details of plans for streets and squares

Brussels-City council has revealed some of its plans for the central avenues – Anspachlaan and Adolphe Max, including the main squares Fontainas, Bourse and De Brouckère. The latest details are part of a project aimed at making the centre of the city more agreeable for pedestrians, shoppers and...

Gaga and Bennett sing cheek to cheek on Brussels’ Grand Place

The unlikely duo of jazz legend Tony Bennett, 88, and pop diva, Lady Gaga, 28, crooned their way through highlights from their new jazz album Cheek to Cheek in a thirty minute show on Brussels’ majestic Grand Place on Monday evening. The concert, which was filmed in front of an audience around 5,...

Brussels strikes two fighters in Syria off population register

The City of Brussels has struck off two people who have gone to Syria to fight from the population register. A further 14 individuals suspected of doing the same are also being considered for removal from the register, said the Mayor of Brussels Yvan Mayeur on Monday evening. Questioned in front of...

UGent study supports idea of “fat tax”

A tax on high-fat snacks, sweets and sugary drinks would improve overall health and drastically lower health-care costs, according to the results of a study carried out by two Master’s students at Ghent University. “Globesitas” is the specialist term for the continuing world-wide obesity epidemic,...

€1 million thrown into bottle banks every week

Each week around 100,000 glass bottles are recycled via bottle banks, container parks and on the curb, many of which were sold with a deposit of €.10 to €.30, reports the newspaper group Sudpresse. The total amount recycled every week amounts to €1 million in deposits. In the larger cities, some...
Berlaymont, Brussels

Returning jihadists may have been planning to bomb EU quarter

The European Commission’s Berlaymont headquarters in Brussels were a possible target for jihadist fighters returning from Syria, it was revealed at the weekend as Belgian authorities cracked down in an effort to thwart extremist attacks. Dutch public broadcaster NOS said at least two people among...
Belgium's Euro 2020 bid team

Brussels to host four Euro 2020 games

Belgium will stage another major football tournament after the Brussels was awarded three group games and a last-16 match of Euro 2020. The games will be played in the planned Eurostadium, with a capacity of 62,613, which is due to be built by 2018, replacing the aging King Baudouin stadium in...

Brussels opens new chocolate museum

A new chocolate museum has opened in Brussels, celebrating the heavenly confection in all its forms. The Belgian Chocolate Village, in Koekelberg, is housed in the former Victoria chocolate factory, where 1,500 people once worked to produce bars, pralines and cocoa powder. The museum tour route...

Waterways cleaner than 15 years ago

The agency, which has been measuring nitrate levels in the region’s groundwater since 1999, said in its report that the nitrate concentration had dropped dramatically in many places. In 1999, the nitrate level was above the legal limit in 60% of locations where it carried out tests; the figure now...

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