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Wage watchers: How much does a sport climbing instructor earn?

A net salary of €1400 is enough to let Tijl Smitz, 33, from Heverlee keep doing what he loves best. What do you for a living? I work as a freelancer in sport climbing combined with a few different things. I train youngsters and adults at the climbing club Hungaria in Leuven. I also coach the...

Culture beat – September 5

In addition to the unexpected sunshine, the benefits of La rentrée (back to school) include the start of the cultural season. Networking events also swing into action. Tonight (Friday) the Irish in Europe group host the Back to Work Piazza party on the Terrace at The Meeting Point, 39 Rue du...

Brussels' Reyers viaduct to be demolished

The Reyers viaduct on the inner ring in Brussels between Montgomeryplein/Square Montgomery and Meiserplein/Place Meiser will be demolished before next summer, the Brussels-Capital Region government has announced. The viaduct dates back to 1970 and is in a poor state of repair. Last month, Brussels...

Thyssen meets Juncker, speculation grows over next prime minister

Marianne Thyssen, who was nominated as Belgium’s European Commissioner yesterday, has met European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Thyssen, a Flemish Christian democrat (CD&V), is not yet revealing whether she has already been offered a particular post within the EU administration. “...

Stromae needs a break from music

Brussels hip-hop and electronic music star Stromae is thinking about taking some time off from the music industry, in order to go back to living “a normal life”. Stromae, born Paul Van Haver, was launched into international stardom just two years ago, but the Belgian singer-songwriter has recently...

World’s “happiest race” comes to Brussels

Some 15,000 people will gather at the Tour & Taxis complex in Brussels this Sunday for what is billed as the happiest race on the planet: the 5km Color Run is taking place for only the second time in the capital. The Color Run, one of a growing field of non-traditional races, will splatter...

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Comic Strip Museum is first in Belgium to offer virtual visits

The Belgian Comic Strip Museum in Brussels’ Sablon/Zavel district will soon offer virtual visits via Google Street View. A cart equipped with 15 cameras drove slowly through the museum yesterday, while taking 360-degree photographs. Google Street View makes it possible to take virtual “walks”...

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Marianne Thyssen is Belgium’s candidate for European Commissioner

Marianne Thyssen, 58, has been named as Belgium’s candidate for European Commissioner. The decision was part of the negotiations to form a new federal government. Belgium had been told by the European Commission president to submit a candidate for the EU post by today. Thyssen ( pictured ) has been...

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