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Belgian singer accused of ‘buying’ 1m YouTube views

Belgian pop singer and self-styled ‘soul diva’ Natalia has sparked controversy after her latest video generated over one million views on YouTube overnight. The video for Boom went from 187,000 to 1,250,000 views in a matter of hours, prompting sneers from fellow Belgian artists. "This music...

STIB bus contract suspended by Council of State

The Council of State has suspended a bus order worth millions of euros placed by STIB with German manufacturer EvoBus, upholding complaint by Belgian company VDL Bus Roeselare, De Tijd reports. In late June, the Brussels public transport company had announced it had ordered 172 buses from EvoBus,...

Wait a minute Mr Taxman: disputing your assessment

It may be the case that the taxman sent you an advance warning saying he had found undeclared income. You subsequently sent him a lengthy explanation showing that your figures were in fact correct. He may have simply replied that he was sticking to his guns. And before you know it, you will receive...

Capital vibes: the Brussels Summer Festival

This year’s National Day military parade drew more attention to Brussels’ Place des Palais than usual, and understandably so: it’s not every day that Belgium has a new king. But there is another occasion which puts the cobbled doorstep of the Royal Palace on the map, for a very different reason:...

Belgium mentioned in al-Qaeda intercepts

Al-Qaeda members currently planning new attacks have explicitly mentioned in Belgium in conversations recently intercepted by security services, Het Laatste Nieuws reports today. "The recent increase in security measures at Brussels Midi and at Zaventem and Liège airports is not a routine operation...

End of roaming charges within the Benelux?

Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are planning to axe roaming charges within the Benelux, although no date has yet been mentioned by the Benelux Office. "The three Benelux countries have expressed their intention to abandon roaming charges within their area," said the Belgian deputy secretary...

Over 1m tax returns are incomplete

More than one million tax returns are incomplete, L’Echo reports today, citing figures from the federal public service for finance. Out of 2.7m tax returns filed via Tax-on-Web, only 1.5m ‘code 1440s’ box had been ticked. Code 1440 is in effect a sworn statement relating to the additional 4% tax on...

Journalist smuggles weapons past airport security

A journalist working for Le Soir Magazine managed to get past security with a knife and 450g of mock explosives at a Belgian airport during a security test, the Belgian weekly announced today. On average, dangerous objects go undetected in 60% of cases. She was one of a party of four accompanying...

More and more Dutch patients come to Belgium for treatment

The number of Dutch patients travelling to Belgium for medical treatment has increased 14% over the past three years, reports Dutch News . Belgium is also popular with patients from Germany, France, the UK and Luxembourg, a report by the patient mobility observatory shows. The latest figures cover...

Wage watchers: how much does a zookeeper earn?

Zookeeper Karen Rogiers, 46, from Deurne talks about what she earns and how she spends it What do you do for a living? I’m a zookeeper at Antwerp zoo, where I look after the birds. Our six-strong team is in charge of 650 birds. The zoo receives many job applications, but many people have the wrong...

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