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Belgian chef dazzles Washington Post with smoked salmon waffles

Belgian chef Bart Vandaele, owner of the Belga Cafe and the new B Too in the American capital, has wowed the Washington Post’s Bonnie S. Benwick with a dish combining smoked salmon waffles with wasabi-flavoured yoghurt. “Vandaele has been serving smoked salmon waffles, called gerookte zalmwafeltjes...

Happy returns? Filling out your tax form – Part 2

You have finally made your choice between paper and online but still, not everything makes sense. Far from it. In the second of our two-part guide, we look at ways to avoid unnecessary complications, examine how married couples have to fill out their tax return(s) and discover that help, and free...

Overtime tax-exemption proposal proves divisive

Last week’s suggestion by the secretary of state for public service, Hendrik Bogaert, that overtime be exempt from tax, has proved highly divisive among Belgian politicians. To some, the measure would provide more flexibility for businesses and workers, and encourage them to be worked more hours,...

Belgian revenue rise overshadowed by expenditure

The Belgian Debt Agency has published its 2012 annual report, in which it highlights the fact that historically high expenditure levels offset a rise in fiscal revenues last year, writes Tax News’ Ulrika Lomas . According to the Agency, total fiscal revenues rose sharply in 2012, rising by 1.1% to...

Wallonia 'makes Belgium more attractive to investors'

Belgium now ranks as the 5th most attractive European country, one place up from 2011, according to Ernst & Young’s ‘2013 Barometer of Belgian Attractiveness’. The barometer is based on the number of foreign investments in Belgium, which rose from 153 to 169 (+10.5%) between 2011 and 2012. As...

British care worker spending weekend as disabled patient

A British care worker is tackling living as someone with learning disabilities to get an insight into how to treat her clients as part of a care-ethics project led by Belgium’s KAHO Sint-Lieven University, reports the Salisbury Journal . Elisa Wilcox, 43, from Fordingbridge, Hampshire, is currently...

England Counties finish Belgian tour with crushing victory

England Counties completed their tour of Belgium with a 57-5 victory over the hosts’ national team in Tubize on Sunday, the Western Morning News' Bill Sobey writes. Cornwall skipper Ben Hilton (pictured) started the game in the second row with Redruth prop Darren Jacques coming on as a second-half...

Back at the Residence: the Queen’s Birthday Party

The annual reception organised by the British Embassy in Brussels to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday was back at the British Residence after a year of renovation. The Residence, in keeping with the ‘Britain is Great’ theme, was known for the occasion as the Great British Home, and featured, as well...

Vote! Introducing Bulletin Polls…

From transport to politics, from ecology to consumer issues, many news topics tend to polarise our readership. Which is all fine; a healthy debate is always a good thing. We want to know what you think – which is why from now on, we will be conducting a weekly poll on a ‘hot’ topic. It could be a...

Ellis Gourmet Burger

Open since May 2011, Ellis Gourmet Burger is the applause-worthy initiative of six friends who recognised the lack of quality (read: non-fast food) hamburgers in Brussels. There's already another Ellis in the coastal town of Knokke, and if their success continues, we may see more Ellis locations open up in other cities such as Ghent or Antwerp.

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