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Waterloo, finally facing my Waterloo

Upon reading the word Waterloo, people are split into three camps; those who hear (or start singing) the classic Abba tune; those who think of a leafy town in modern Belgium with a British school and expensive real estate; and those who are transported back to a time of epic battle between the...

Eight reported cases of rape a day in Belgium

Belgian police has recorded eight cases of rape and nine of indecent assault a day since 2010, it has been revealed. Federal and regional ministers have announced an update to the National Plan of Action (PAN), which now features about 250 measures. The ‘PAN 2010-2014’ scheme, adopted in November...

Decrease in asylum applications

The downward trend in the number of asylum applications is continuing, according to figures released yesterday by the commissioner-general for refugees and stateless persons (CGRA). A total of 1,202 applications were recorded in May - the lowest number since April 2010. The number of asylum...

Expensive houses & suburban sprawl ‘tearing Belgium apart’

Suburban sprawl is literally tearing Belgium apart, writes Slate’s Matthew Yglesias . “The basic situation is that Belgium is like three countries in one," he writes. "There's French-speaking Wallonia, there's Dutch-speaking Flanders, and then there's Brussels. Brussels is officially bilingual, but...

Tour operator offers 'sick notes' for truant schoolchildren

A Belgian tour operator is offering "sick notes" to families wanting to take their children on holiday before the end of the school term, in a tongue-in-cheek campaign that has drawn strong criticism from education authorities, writes Reuters’s Robert-Jan Bartunek . "We are handing out free sick...

Kompany decision to play on stuns doctor

Vincent Kompany risked his life by playing for nearly an hour with severe facial injuries, writes the Manchester Evening News’ Stuart Brennan . The Belgian captain collided with Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic after 34 minutes of Belgium’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win, breaking his nose,...

A bilingual Montessori summer week for 3 to 6 years old

A programme specially designed for children 3 to 6 years old who want to experiment the bilingual English/French Montessori environment or continue their experience in it - combined with art workshops and outdoor activities: games, sports, nature walks and observations. An opportunity for each child to discover new talents and interests, explore nature's wonders, appreciate being part of a group and developp self-confidence and self esteem. For more information please contact: 02 375 61 84  - 02 375 12 65

 

Happy returns? Filling out your tax form – Part 1

If you had an income in 2012, you have to declare that income in your 2013 tax return. You should have received a tax return form in April or May; if you have not received your tax forms by the end of May, you should contact your tax office and let them know. You do not have to calculate the tax...

2,600 drivers breathalysed in nationwide operation

More than 2,600 drivers were breathalysed on Belgian motorways during an operation conducted by the federal traffic police from Saturday night to Sunday morning. A total of 98 people, or 3.6%, were above the legal limit, the federal police said yesterday. The results are consistent with previous...

Belgian ‘shot dead in his sleep’ in Syria

A Belgian national who left the country to go fight in Syria is thought to have died in the Middle East. He has been named as Tarik Taketloune, a twenty-year-old car mechanic from Vilvoorde, who was studying at Mechelen’s Technical Institute. According to his father, the youngster was killed by a...

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