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Gridlock: the will-they-won’t-they story of Tram 71

In an upbeat video launched last February by Stib and Brussels' transport ministry, an idyllic world of tiny, plastic people go about their city lives drinking coffees and riding skateboards to the sound of cheerful whistling. A soothing voice tells us, “For a people-sized Ixelles… For more comfort...

Belgium's former Queen Paola cancels all engagements

The former Belgian royal couple King Albert and Queen Paola have called off all planned activities for an undefined period. The Queen needs her rest following a medical examination this week, reports the Royal Palace of Belgium. More specifics on the state of Paola's health were not given. The pair...

More asylum seekers turned away from Office for Foreigners

For the second time in a week, the Office for Foreigners in Brussels has had to ask asylum applicants to come back the next day because of the overwhelming demand. On Wednesday, 93 individuals or families were registered then sent away with a letter telling them to come back the next day for an...

City of Brussels prepares back-to-school mobility plan

The new pedestrian zone in the centre of Brussels is about to be put to the test, as schools and normal work schedules resume next week. The City and the Region are therefore calling on everyone to avoid using the car. At the same time, Brussels police are warning that they will carry out more...

3 steps to breathing cleaner air in Brussels

Brussels parents are fuming about the fumes. In July, a group of concerned moms and dads joined forces with asthma advocates to launch Clean Air BXL , a petition to pressure the city of Brussels to step up their game on combatting air pollution. Air pollution is responsible for 632 premature deaths...

The Grande Roue de Paris comes to Belgium

The largest transportable Ferris wheel in Europe, La Grande Roue de Paris, is currently installed in Waregem, West Flanders, for a limited time. Until 6 September, the famous Ferris wheel features as part of the Koersefeesten, Waregem's annual horse race festival. The 55-metre tall, 280-ton Ferris...

Geens to open third forensic psychiatric centre by 2019

Federal justice minister Koen Geens has called for the creation of a third forensic psychiatric centre (FPC) to allow the removal of the last internees from ordinary prisons. FPCs accommodate those who have been found by a court to be criminally insane and who are normally detained for an...

Easy listening: live music venues

BRUSSELS La Porte Noire Just down the hill from Sablon, La Porte Noire is the perfect place to go if you’re a folk fan. This underground bar (mind the steps!) with its brick interior and low rounded roof emits an instant ambience, and on gig nights the place really comes alive. There are concerts...

Molenbeek house searched in Thalys attack investigation

Federal police officers carried out searches in Molenbeek, Brussels, on Monday at the home of the sister of Thalys gunman Ayoub El Khazzani, as well as a man said to be her friend. The sister is said to be strictly religious, even fundamentalist according to reports, but is not accused of any...

Brussels' wealthiest district is Le Vivier d'Oie

New figures published by the the Brussels Institute for Statistics and Analysis (BISA) reveal the average income per tax return in each of the 118 districts of Brussels. The district Le Vivier d'Oie in Uccle is by far the richest with an average of €65,511 per tax return. The area around the West...

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