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History & reconciliation: engaging a new generation

In a week where a Belgian and a British scientist won a Nobel Prize for parallel work in atomic physics, this year’s Belgo-British Conference will be asking Belgo-British brainpower to consider another challenge: how we should respond to the challenges of the upcoming First World War Centenary...

SNCB punctuality record rated ‘disastrous’

Belgian railway operator SNCB’s punctuality record is “disastrous”, Flemish commuters’ association TreinTramBus deplored on its website yesterday. The association criticises SNCB’s punctuality plan put into place in 2011 and demands an assessment of the concrete results it has yielded so far. In...

The Bulletin Newcomer is bigger and better than ever!

The Autumn 2013 edition of The Bulletin Newcomer is out and it’s fair to say it’s a mighty impressive one. Besides the new format, this bumper issue features: a behind-the-scenes look at Antwerp’s Red Star Line Museum; inside Brussels’ premium business flats; the top shops and events in the world...

Justice dept owes phone operators €30m in unpaid bills

Belgium’s justice department owes almost €30m in unpaid bills to the country’s three main telephone operators - Belgacom, Mobistar and Base, reports TelecomPaper . The bills, which relate to the tracing calls and text messages for the government, are unpaid since February , according to L’Echo...

Former Belgian PM Wilfried Martens passes away aged 77

Former Belgian prime minister Wilfried Martens, who led nine governments and was the president of the European People's Party, has died at the age of 77. CD&V (Flemish Christian-democrats) leader Wouter Beke announced this morning that Martens had passed away overnight. Heart problems had long...

Belgium sets aside €10m to fight cyber-crime

The Belgian federal government has put aside €10m in its 2014 budget to fight against cyber crime, DataNews reported. Prime minister Elio Di Rupo and the deputy prime ministers have also agreed on the creation of a centre against cyber criminality, following the hacking of computer systems used by...

Brussels, Tower of Babel

The number of languages spoken in Brussels is constantly on the rise. At the same time, French as the dominant language for interactions is losing ground and the number of people who master several languages is declining. This could be an ‘opportunity’ for other languages but might also pose a...

ETA member arrested in Ghent after 33 years on the run

An alleged member of a commando of the Basque separatist organisation ETA was arrested in Belgium yesterday after 33 years on the run, the Spanish interior ministry has announced in a statement. Maria Natividad Jauregui Espina , known as ‘Pepona’, was arrested in Ghent at 18.30 following the issue...

Ikea Belgium already planning beyond the 2 new stores

The opening of two new Ikea stores in 2015, in Mons and Hasselt, will generate 350 direct jobs, it was announced yesterday as the annual figures for the Swedish giant’s Belgian operations were released. It will bring to eight the number of Ikea stores in Belgium - and the chain wants "at least 10...

Heineken kidnap film to start shooting in Belgium

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, the film about the abduction of the brewing magnate, is about to start shooting in Belgium. The film, directed by Daniel Alfredson, stars Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten, reports The Wrap. The film was adapted from a bestselling book by...

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