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David Guetta announces exclusive Brussels date

David Guetta will play the brand new Palais 12 venue at Brussels Expo on October 19, as part of the celebrity DJ’s 2013 world tour. The Brussels date will be his only Belgian appearance of the tour. The brand new show, devised exclusively for this world tour will feature a three-hour DJ set from...

Brussels' canal district: Belgium's social escalator

To most people, Brussels' canal district is synonymous with anything but positive news. Crowded neighbourhoods, few public spaces, widespread poverty and unemployment, insecurity, a poorly educated youth and dirty streets are the prevailing images that come into mind when we think of Molenbeek,...

Culture beat – May 30

There’s no excuse to be footloose and fancy free on Friday evening as Neighbours Day celebrates its tenth anniversary in Belgium and the rest of Europe. No, this is not a tribute-party to the ubiquitous Aussie soap, it’s more of campaign to combat urban or even rural isolation by encouraging...

Belgium has EU’s highest concentration of millionaire households

There are about 147,500 millionaire families in Belgium, it transpires from the annual Global Wealth Report published by American firm Boston Consulting Group. The figure, which refers to millionaires in US dollars , represents 3.2% of Belgian households. Belgium is ranked 12 th in the world, and...

Prime minister’s private inbox hacked

Prime minister Elio Di Rupo’s inbox, as well as those of several members of his entourage, was the victim of hackers, it emerges from the analysis of a CD-ROM sent anonymously to De Morgen, containing hundreds of emails. These messages on the disc are all from a private Belgacom mailbox used by Di...

Belgium appoints ‘economic supremo’ for south-eastern US states

Anton Mertens, a partner in a Georgian law firm, has been appointed Belgium’s adviser for economic diplomacy for Georgia with the responsibility of encouraging foreign investment from Belgium into the Southeast, writes Global Atlanta’s Phil Bolton . He was appointed by Belgium’s foreign affairs...

Changes to passport services for Belgium’s British nationals

The British Government is making important changes to the passport service for British nationals living overseas. From June 3, 2013, the application process will be centralised and British nationals in Belgium will have to submit their passport application to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK...

Belgian takeover secures 120 jobs at UK textile company

A textile firm in North West England has been taken over by a Belgian manufacturer in a move heralded as ‘very good news’ by bosses, writes the Lancashire Telegraph’s Dan Clough . Van de Wiele NV, based in West Flanders, bought all assets of Spencer Wright Industries Group, which includes Cobble...

Get networking! Brussels Metropolitan meets Business International

The vast majority of Belgium’s 600.000 expatriates live and work in greater Brussels; with such a large international community it is hardly surprising that expats feel so welcome here. Brussels Metropolitan (shorthand for the initiative to establish the "Business Route 2018 for Metropolitan...

Broken Circle Breakdown gets US release

Tribeca Film yesterday announced it has acquired all U.S. rights to the Belgian bluegrass-tinged film The Broken Circle Breakdown, reports Deadline Hollywood . A late 2013 theatrical release is planned for the film which is directed by Felix van Groeningen, who also co-wrote it with Carl Joos. A...

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