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Crimea’s impossible choice

A choice isn't a choice when it is made with a gun to your head. Yet on Sunday, the people of Crimea will be asked to make an impossible choice: to vote to become subjugated by Russia; or to vote for independence - with no guarantee that Russia will show any more respect for the sovereignty of an...

Wage Watchers: How much does a machine technician earn?

What do you do? In 2006 I started up my own company called Gero Technics. We provide technical support for smaller businesses. Do you enjoy the work? Yes, I love my job. Every day brings a new challenge, with new problems surfacing on industrial machines that need to be resolved. What do you think...

Queen Elizabeth welcomes Belgium’s king and queen

Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid their English counterpart a visit Thursday when the royal couple made their first official trip across the Channel to Buckingham Palace. England’s Queen Elizabeth welcomed the new king and queen to London, inviting them to a private luncheon at her...

New Belgian law makes sexual harassment illegal

Federal minister of equal opportunities, Joelle Milquet, has announced a new law that will make sexual harassment illegal in Belgium. Under the new legislation, it will be a criminal offence to insult a person based on gender or to make intimidating sexual remarks in the street. The new law also...

Kinepolis cinema to stay at Heysel for new Neo project

Cinema multiplex Kinepolis will remain at Heysel and become part of the development of the new Neo shopping and leisure complex. The cinema chain signed an agreement yesterday with the three potential developers of the complex. Former Brussels City mayor Freddy Thielemans introduced the Neo...

Belgium signs tax agreement with Jersey

Belgium and the self-governing island nation of Jersey have signed a tax information exchange agreement, or TIEA, that will create greater transparency. Belgium’s Minister of Foreign affairs Didier Reynders and Jersey’s Minister for External Relations Senator Sir Philip Bailhache made the agreement...

UK man appears in court on extradition request

A man has made an appearance in an Edinburgh courtroom after Belgium requested his extradition over his alleged involvement in the drug trade. Raymond Urquhart, 51, was taken into custody Wednesday at his home in Perth, roughly an hour’s drive north of Edinburgh, Scotland. Belgium made the request...

10 ways to fill up your urban green lung

Flex your urban green thumb Spring is in full bloom in Belgium and with it our need to reconnect with nature. For expats living in Belgium’s densely populated cities however, it is not always easy to keep in touch with one’s green side. Don’t let the grass be greener on the other side; instead, let...

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Free bus service in Wallonia because of smog

Residents of Belgium’s Wallonia region will be offered free service on Walloon’s public transport system Thursday until the end of pollution alert. The move comes as officials try to remove as many cars from the roads while the air pollution levels in Belgium are to exceed safe limits Thursday and...

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