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Politicians face off on homelessness in Brussels

The growing issue of homelessness in Brussels is becoming more political by the day as the country’s politicians exchange barbs on how to solve the problem and on whom to place the blame. Reports show than an average of 150 to 250 homeless people are forced into the cold each night to sleep on the...

Russian president receives cold shoulder during Brussels visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with European leaders yesterday for an “EU-Russia Summit” that only lasted a few hours. The unusually short visit was largely focused on the escalating events in Ukraine, where pro-EU protesters have violently clashed with police forces. The EU has been very...

Unemployment figures rose in 2013

Belgium’s unemployment figures rose in 2013, the first time in two years. The jobless figures had previously been dropping since the end of 2010. At the end of last year there were 432,484 people out of work claiming unemployment benefits. In 2011, unemployment fell 3.7%, followed by another 1%...

Researchers develop new strategy to fight bacterial infections

Researchers Alvin Lo and Han Remaut of Flemish life sciences research institute VIB have discovered a chemical substance with the potential to be a new treatment against bacterial infections. The researchers specifically targeted the E coli bacteria, responsible for about 80% of all urinary tract...

Extra day of summer for Flemish students

Education minister Pascal Smet has announced that Friday, 27 June, will be the last day of school this year, granting students a holiday on the following Monday, which is 30 June, traditionally the last day for primary and secondary schools. The decision will undoubtedly motivate many families in...

Culture beat – January 28

The cultural centrepiece of the Hellenic presidency of the Council of the European Union is the wide-ranging exhibition Nautilus: Navigating Greece , which ties together millennia of Greek history with the common thread of maritime exchange. Nobody will be surprised to learn that the Mediterranean...

Bigger cities pay more for police and social services

New figures show that Belgian cities of over 100,000 inhabitants spend more than three times more to finance police services and public welfare centres (CPAS or OCMW) than communities with less than 10,000 residents. A new study by Belfius bank reveals that the larger cities spend an average of 521...

Belgian railway looking to reduce ticket fraud

Officials of Belgium’s national railway company, NMBS/SNCB, are planning on installing entry barriers at the Zaventem airport station to help reduce the amount of travelers neglecting to pay the extra Diabolo fee. On 1st February, the Diabolo ticket price will increase from 4.44 euros to 5.07, and...

Police officers take mandatory lessons at Holocaust museum

Police officers in training are now obliged to follow a series of classes offered by the Kazerne Dossin Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights in Mechelen. Police authorities signed an agreement with the museum yesterday, which was International Holocaust...

First World War occupation exhibition to open in Brussels

The Museum of the City of Brussels is preparing to launch an exhibition to mark the beginning of First World War, but with a different approach than other centenary events around Belgium, and Europe. The city’s museum located in the Grand Place/ Grote Markt, also known as Maison du Roi or Broodhuis...

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