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Rail union to strike on 30 June

The socialist rail trade union ACOD has confirmed it will take strike action for 24 hours starting at 22.00 on Sunday, 29 June. NMBS CEO Jo Cornu, who is experiencing the first strike since taking over the top job, said that “by striking, they are smearing the image of the NMBS. They’re damaging...

EU leaders gather in Ypres for First World War commemoration

The leaders of the 28 countries of the European Union gathered in Ypres, West Flanders, on Thursday to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The delegation made their way through Ypres to the sound of drums to the Menin Gate, on which are inscribed the names of 60,000...

France orders extradition of Jewish Museum shooting suspect to Belgium

Versailles’ Court of Appeal ordered on Thursday the extradition to Belgium of Mehdi Nemmouche, the alleged perpetrator of the shooting at Brussels’ Jewish Museum on 24 May that left 4 dead. Apolin Pepiezep, Nemmouche’s lawyer, said that the suspect would be lodging an appeal against the decision,...

Professors complain about excessive doctor notes during exams

Way too many students are postponing their final exams for one day by acquiring doctor’s certificates, according to professor of fiscal justice Michel Maus of the Free University of Brussels (VUB). In an interview with Het Niewsblad , he denounced the practice, calling it “unacceptable and...

Culture beat – June 26

The Brussels leg of the Festival of Wallonia, Musiq’3 , takes over Flagey and Marni from June 26 to 29. Entitled Move - The Danube Experience, it explores the music of the Bohemian cities lying along the mythical river. With more than 60 concerts on five stages, lively outdoor activities and...

King to appoint federal mediator

The King is expected to consult a number of political party representatives today, in an attempt to avert a long political crisis of the type seen in 2010. The politicians need to find a way out of the new deadlock that was created when the French-speaking Christian democrats (CDH) rejected a...

Belgocontrol unions shut down airspace over Brussels

Passengers travelling from Brussels Airport yesterday were faced with longer queues than usual because of industrial action by staff at Belgocontrol, the national air traffic control agency. Belgocontrol unions closed down Belgian airspace at 18.45, preventing take-offs and landings. The protest...

World Cup: Kompany out of Belgium-South Korea match

The captain of the Red Devils, Vincent Kompany, will not play in the national team’s next World Cup match against South Korea later today. At a press conference on Wednesday evening, Belgium’s manager, Marc Wilmots, said that Kompany had injured his groin again during training and would need “a few...

Belgium 10th ‘best country in the world’, says survey

Belgium is the 10th ‘best country in the world’, according to the first Good Country Index, which provides ‘a measure of what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity’. The index is the result of a study of 125 countries in seven areas: science and technology, culture,...

Asylum applications down 25%

Between 2012 and 2013, the number of asylum applications in Belgium fell by 25%, according to the annual report of the Federal Migration Centre. At the same time, the overall number of asylum seekers in the European Union rose by 30 percent. Belgium is the only EU country where the number of asylum...

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