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Asylum requests in Belgium nearing 15-year high

The number of asylum requests in Belgium is heading towards its highest level in 15 years, with a growing number of unaccompanied minors seeking refugee status, according to official new figures published this week. The latest statistics from the Belgian Commissioner-General for Refugees and...

Profile: Acclaimed Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, dead at 65

Chantal Akerman, a Belgian icon of feminist and avant-garde filmmaking, has died at the age of 65. In an article published in 2012, The Bulletin looked back at her pioneering 40-year career to coincide with a museum retrospective of her work. "There are two Chantal Akermans," explains Dieter...

Bowl and spoon: welcome to new Brussels restaurant San

The concept may be simple - a selection of bowls and the only utensil a spoon - but there’s no lack of sophistication in the delicious brew of seasonal food contained within. Before the public opening of San in the Sainte-Catherine quarter this week, chef Sang-Hoon Degeimbre served a trio of bowls...

2,000 Red Devils fans return tickets to Belgium-Israel match

The Belgian national football team fan club, 1895, has so far received 2,000 tickets back from fans for next Tuesday's match against Israel. The fans are protesting against heightened security measures, which for the first time require an identity card and personalised ticket in order to enter the...

Buying property in Belgium for expats

The prices of private real estate in Belgium have for decades now been much less volatile than those in neighbouring countries. At the same time, prices survived the economic and financial crisis of 2007-2008 relatively unscathed. How did that happen? Part of the reason is that private real estate...

As it happened: 80,000 join anti-austerity march through Brussels

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the street of Brussels on Wednesday for a march against the policies of the Charles Michel government, exactly a year since the Belgian prime minister took office. T he march set off from the Gare du Nord after 11.00 and headed towards the Gare du Midi...

Emine Erdogan shopping spree stops traffic in Brussels

While the Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Belgium this week to meet with Belgian prime minister Charles Michel and King Philippe and to visit the European Commission, his wife Emine took the opportunity yesterday to go shopping on Brussels' Avenue Louise, causing temporary...

Belgium builds sand berm to protect coastline from oil spill

A sand berm was constructed on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday off the Belgian coast to stop oil from the sunken Dutch freighter Flinterstar from reaching the Zwin nature reserve, reports Gazet van Antwerpen . The Flinterstar sunk after colliding with a tanker in the North Sea off Zeebrugge early...

Good for career, bad for relationship? Study reveals highs and lows of expat life in Belgium

Belgium is one of the best countries in the world for education and career progression - but scores less favourably for expats when it comes to relationships and social i ntegration. These are some of the findings of a new global expat quality of life survey which ranks Belgium 30th out of the 39...

Striking rail workers are allowed to block tracks, court rules

The operator of Belgium's rail network has failed in a legal attempt to stop workers from blocking railway lines when they go on strike. Infrabel, which runs the tracks infrastructure on behalf of the SNCB, had taken a group of staff to court after they brought services to a standstill last...

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