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Belgium boasts the most expensive supermarkets

Belgium’s supermarket monitoring organisation has released figures showing that among neighbouring countries your grocery bill in Belgium will be the most expensive. The Belgian Observatory undertook the task of comparing the prices of 60,000 food and non-food products to find out how the country...

First World War poison gas munitions in West Flanders cannot be disarmed

Yesterday it was revealed that an installation in Poelkapelle, West Flanders, maintained by the army’s bomb disposal squad Dovo for the dismantling of toxic weapons has not functioned since 2012 because of a defect. This week, hundreds of shells from the First World War have been unearthed in a...

“Cancer research on wrong track,” says cancer league

The chair of the Flemish League Against Cancer has urged researchers and the government to quickly accelerate cancer research in order to avoid treatments becoming unaffordable. According to the organisation, cancer treatments will soon cost Belgian society up to €5 billion more if the government...

New equal opportunities centre planned for Brussels

The parliaments of Belgium agreed yesterday on the conditions for setting up a new centre to promote equal opportunities and fight discrimination and racism. The move comes as the government increases its efforts to comply with EU legislation that requires member states to treat all citizens...

Polygamy continues in Belgium

The practice of having more than one spouse continues to occur in Belgium, despite the fact it has been prohibited since 2004. Although municipal records show that enrollment is falling dramatically since 2012, there were still 31 polygamous marriages registered across municipalities over the past...

Greenpeace protests against nuclear energy

Greenpeace launched a major operation yesterday at the oldest nuclear power plants in six European countries, including Belgium. Forty activists were able to climb onto one of the three reactors in Tihange, roughly 80km south of Brussels, where they unveiled a Greenpeace banner. The NGO is calling...

Number of students at UA doubles in a decade

Antwerp University is becoming ever more popular; its student population has increased by 53.8% in the last decade, from 24,478 in 2004 to 37,656 this academic year. No other Belgian university can show similar figures. On average, the number of students in Dutch-speaking higher education...

Thousands of jobs already lost in 2014

The year is not even three months old, and already thousands of jobs have vanished. Three thousand jobs in Belgium have been lost due largely to company restructurings. But the main culprit has been bankruptcy, which has pushed the number up to 4,500. There is a chance that some of the jobs can be...

Two Uber taxis seized in Brussels

Two taxis belonging to the alternative cab firm Uber were seized in the Brussels district of Elsene on Monday for operating without a valid taxi licence, transport minister Brigitte Grouwels confirmed. Two weeks ago, Grouwels warned that the new service, by which members of the public can book a...

The path to Belgian citizenship: an expat trail guide

Becoming Belgian: there is a will… For some of us expats, the adventure of living in Belgium has been going on for some time now. And as days turn to months and years, we find ourselves thinking, speaking and acting more like Belgians than ever thought possible. So its not surprising then that,...

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