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Stromae nabs top honours at the NRJ Music Awards

Success continued to follow the Belgian singer this weekend at the 15th annual NRJ Music Awards ceremony in Cannes when he picked up trophies for best Francophone male singer and best French-language song, his megahit single ‘Formidable.’ To date, the song’s video clip on YouTube has been viewed...

Belgium to provide air support to French military in Africa

In response to ongoing violence in the former French colony of the Central African Republic (CAR), Belgium has agreed to provide air support to a French-led military operation. Between December and late January, Belgium will play an integral role in a strategic airlift to transport equipment and...

What’s cooking for Christmas: countdown to the festive season

If the centrepiece of your Christmas lunch or dinner is an impressive joint of meat, it might be wise to track down a supplier now. Turkey can be found in all major supermarkets (consider a boned and stuffed bird for easier roasting and carving), but buying a goose requires a little forethought. A...

Real estate for retirees

The bulk of Brussels’ expat community is here to work, be it for European institutions, international NGOs, multinationals or Belgian businesses. So it’s only natural that the bulk of expat-oriented real estate services is targeted to this demographic, whose professional requirements present...

Wage watchers: How much does a mechanic earn?

Pieter Vermant, 24, from Malderen talks about what he earns and how he spends it What is your job? Since the beginning of March I’ve been working at Barry Callebaut in Lebbeke-Wieze as an electro-mechanic in the maintenance division. I’m responsible for preventive maintenance of the machines for...

€1 million for facades on Brussels’ premier attraction

The Brussels-Capital Region has approved a subsidy of €1.1 million for the restoration of 10 of the most important facades of buildings on the Grand Place, or Grote Markt. The grant is the latest stage of a campaign to clean up all of the façades on the historic square, said Brussels’ minister-...

Brussels holds memorial service for Mandela

Some 400 diplomats and politicians attended a memorial service yesterday for Nelson Mandela in Brussels’ Sint-Michiels and Sint-Goedele Cathedral. Federal interior minister Joëlle Milquet spoke during the service, describing Mandela ( pictured ) as “a wise and courageous man” who was able to...

Belgium's pay gap set to shrink

It will soon cost companies less to employ Belgium-based staff as the country’s pay gap with its three biggest neighbours is set to fall in 2014. The annual report of the Central Business Council (CRB) shows that Belgium’s salary gap will be reduced from 2012’s average of +4.8% to +3.5%. The drop...

Survey reveals half of Belgians are stressed-out at work

Increasing workloads are being blamed for higher levels of stress among Belgium’s workforce, according to a survey of 4,000 employed Belgians. The European Social Fund found that compared to conditions among workers five years ago, nearly one out of every two of the country’s workers today are...

Belgium’s Senate approves bill to legalise euthanasia for dying children

In a controversial step, Belgium’s Senate voted 50-17 in favour of legalised euthanasia for terminally ill children. The bill must still pass in the Lower House before entering into law. If approved, Belgium, one of the only countries in the world to permit doctor-assisted dying since 2002, would...

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