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Belgian budget trimmed via minor cuts

Belgium said it would trim €750m from its budget through minor cuts across a broad swathe of areas of government and social security, as it responded to warnings from the European Union over its deficit, writes the Wall Street Journal’s Frances Robinson . "We see austerity measures in several...

Shrek and Fiona get hitched… in Charleroi

A couple from Charleroi has had a particularly colourful wedding, by getting married as Shrek and Fiona. Pascal and Nancy Dampremy, 40 and 36 respectively, got hitched at Charleroi town hall, dressed as the ogre and ogress from the Dreamworks franchise. "They are characters we both like and, with...

BBC’s The White Queen boosts Belgium hotel bookings

Critically acclaimed new period drama, The White Queen has caused a huge rise in bookings in Belgium, where it was filmed, reports TravelBite . Hotel booking specialist LateRooms.com reports there has been a 66% increase week on week in hotel bookings in Ghent since the drama aired its second...

Belgium outlines 4G auction details

The Belgian telecoms regulator, BIPT, has published details of its forthcoming 4G licence auction for spectrum in the 800MHz bands, reports Cellular News . A total of three licenses are available, each consisting of 2x10MHz of spectrum, available for a 20-year term. A reserve price of €120m has...

Two squared in Brussels' EU district: Square Ambiorix

Square Ambiorix, named after the famous Gaul, is a lovely green square at the heart of the European district. It’s a few hundred metres from the Berlaymont building, home to the European Commission, and Place du Luxembourg, home to the European Parliament. Marte Borhaug from Norway and her partner...

Belgian UN diplomat ejected from NY restaurant because of breastfeeding wife

A UN diplomat from Belgium was left outraged after his family was thrown out of an upmarket New York state restaurant because his wife was breastfeeding, reports the Daily Mail . Tom Neijens, 36, and his 34-year-old wife, Roseline Remans claim they were treated like 'terrorists' at the Metropolis...

Former Belgian PM lays into US ‘data-collection mania’

Transatlantic relations plunged at the weekend as Berlin, Brussels and Paris all demanded that Washington account promptly and fully for new disclosures on the scale of the US National Security Agency's spying on its European allies, writes The Guardian’s Ian Traynor . Guy Verhofstadt, the former...

Croatia ‘ambivalent’ about EU membership

Thousands of people were in Zagreb's main square as Croatia officially became the European Union’s 28th member state, reports the BBC’s Guy De Launey . They enjoyed performances ranging from traditional dance to hip hop - culminating in a stirring rendition of the EU anthem Ode To Joy at midnight...

Lifestyle channel Fashion One comes to Belgium

Fashion One, the international channel for fashion, entertainment and lifestyle television, will launch a dedicated feed in Belgium via Telenet on July 15, reports Broadband TV News’ Robert Briel . The international television network, targeting to fully localise the channel by the end of the year...

Belgian pair in Philippine trumpet symphony celebration

Two celebrated Belgian musicians will appear as guests in the Manila Symphony Orchestra’s latest production, The Trumpet Calls, at the Francisco Santiago Hall, reports the Inquirer . The concert will feature Belgian guest artists Manu Mallearts on trumpet, and Thanos Adamopoulos as guest conductor...

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