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At first we’re charmed by the interior, complete with wooden tables and tiled floors, low ceilings and plenty of vintage knick-knacks. But disappointment sets in early, as we’re blatantly ignored by our server. When he finally does arrive with the menus, it’s clear that he’d rather be somewhere else. And speaking Dutch to our all-Flemish party (myself excluded) does not appear on his list of job requirements.

Culture beat - July 4

With the month of July predicted to be a scorcher, Brussels’ annual outdoor film festival Bruxelles fait son cinéma is preparing to screen movie favourites under the stars. From July 9 to 19, eleven communes around the city are set to host the annual event. The first film on Tuesday is Camille...

“Philippe is well prepared to succeed me” - Albert

As predicted, King Albert yesterday announced that he would abdicate in favour of his son Philippe on July 21. "It's with emotion that I address every one of you today," he said in a broadcast. "I'm in my 80th year, an age never before reached by my predecessors (...) my age and health no longer...

Bogus Pakistani NGO leaves Brussels for London

The Kashmir Centre, a self-proclaimed NGO acting as a front for Pakistani intelligence services, is to leave Brussels and relocate to London, Le Soir reports today. The association had been active for nearly ten years in the capital where it has long been monitored by State security, which regarded...

eBay buys popular Belgian classifieds websites

E-commerce giant eBay has announced that it has acquired Belgian online classifieds websites 2dehands.be and 2ememain.be (Dutch and French for ‘second-hand’, respectively), writes The Next Web’s Robin Wauters . As a result of the acquisition, the sites will be folded into the eBay Classifieds Group...

Belgian ‘Mad Man’ becomes Texan craft beer sensation

Belgium-born Wim Bens is a prime example of the ongoing popularity of craft brewing in the United States, writes The Exchange’s Chris Nichols . A native of Belgium whose family brought him to Texas when he was seven years old, Bens left a career in advertising to become a full-time craft-beer maker...

‘Top 10’ Belgium supported by 4,200 fans in Scotland

The Belgian football team will be supported by 4,200 fans on September 6 in Glasgow, where they face Scotland in their eighth qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup, the Belgian football association announced yesterday. The sport’s governing body and the 1895 supporters group are currently...

Not going out! Our top 5 indoor summer activities

When it comes to good weather, summer in Brussels can be a bit of a hit-and-miss affair. But fear not: there is at least as much to do indoors in this city as there is out. "Staying in for the summer"? You read it here first! For music lovers who feel like broadening their horizons Summer is...

King Albert to announce abdication tonight

King Albert II will tonight announce his forthcoming abdication in an address broadcast at 18.00 on the country’s main television and radio channels, it is understood. Although the subject of the sovereign’s address has not been officially announced, the general expectation is that King Albert will...

Eating a packed lunch at school? That will be €0.50

Children who wish to eat their own packed lunch will now have to pay €0.5 a day in schools in Mechelen, Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen report. The new regulation applies to all primary schools in Mechelen and was suggested by the city’s consultative platform for education, OOM. The budget for out...

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