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Belgians in more car accidents abroad

The number of Belgians to have a car accident while in a foreign country has doubled over the past five years. The increase has been especially remarkable in Eastern European countries such as Croatia and Slovenia. "The reason for this increase is that we are unfamiliar with t he roads and the...

New mayor for Brussels?

Before the year comes to an end, so will the term of Brussels mayor Freddy Thielemans (PS), according to various sources from both language groups. And that is faster than expected. That 'Freddy' could not finish his third full term of six years comes as no surprise. It was already known that MP...

Belgium sixth in FIFA ranking

Closest competitors Portugal and the Netherlands also played a draw (1-1), while Brazil was beaten by Switzerland (1-0). This brings the Belgian national football team up to a virtual sixth place in the world ranking, although the official version of the ranking won't be published until September...

Crackdown on unpaid traffic fines

The new law would remove a step in the procedure for unpaid fines, according to Sudpresse newspapers. This would allow the prosecutor's office to proceed to an order for immediate payment following two invitations to pay after the expiry of the term. The offender would then have one month to...

More Belgians moonlighting

Last year, 190,821 Belgians exercised two jobs, reports Belgian daily L'Echo . In total, 4.2% of Belgian workers were in this situation in 2012. That makes 13% more than in 2008, at the beginning of the economic crisis. The second job is often carried out under part-time independent status.

Cobra Gallery-Bar

Amid all that Dansaert hustle-and-bustle, Cobra Gallery-Bar breaks the mould because everything about it feels so understated, so familiar, so normal. If you like your bars unpretentious yet cosy, this is where you need to be.

Culture beat - August 14

Yes, we have already written in great detail about the Brussels Summer Festival . If you haven’t been yet, it’s not too late – far from it. The bad news first: Belgian metal legends Channel Zero, who headline the festival tonight, have lost their drummer Phil Baheux, who passed away on Saturday at...

Urinating in the street twice as costly

Brussels alderwoman for public cleanliness Karine Lalieux has announced that higher fines for urinating in the street and for fly-tipping had come into force last Wednesday. " I propose to highlight the policy against incivility by raising fines for antisocial acts that cause major damage:...

Belgian Stock Exchange tax revenue grows in 2013

Belgium's stock exchange tax (‘taxe sur les opérations boursières’ or TOB), imposed on the buying and selling of investment products, yielded €20m more in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period in 2012, predominantly due to the tax rise implemented in Belgium last year,...

New traffic sign officially unveiled

A new sign, known as F45b, will make its official entry into the Belgian traffic code on August 18, reports Centrex, the police’s traffic information centre. The sign, which signals a dead end “except for pedestrians and cyclists”, had already been tested in some communes in Brussels and Flanders...

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