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Brussels, not yet an Eco-Capital

Last week, Brussels came second in the contest to become Europe’s next eco-capital. To be beaten by Bristol was a great disappointment to the Brussels government. However, it seems to be the right decision. Brussels is doing rather well as far as green spaces and sustainable building are concerned...

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Railways escape school outing chaos

This morning’s rush-hour on the railways passed off “virtually problem-free” despite strikes, according to the rail authority SNCB. Flanders was mainly unaffected by the industrial action, aside from the Antwerp-Charleroi train stopping in Brussels. Meanwhile in Wallonia, stations were blocked by...

Beavers 'chased away by TV crew'

A family of four beavers who had constructed a lodge in the river Dijle in the centre of Leuven has left the city, chased away by a TV camera crew, it was claimed. According to Jan Loos, whose non-profit Landschap organised 'beaver safaris' to show the family to visitors, a crew from the VRT animal...

Abandoned children taken into care

Fifteen children found abandoned by their parents in a house in Anderlecht have been placed in childcare centres as police look for their parents. The children, from three Bosnian families living in Brussels illegally, were being looked after by a 19-year-old girl from one of the families. She was...

Smoking ban has led to cafe closures

The number of cafes going broke in a year has gone up by 40% since the introduction of the general smoking ban in July 2011, according to NSZ, the organisation that represents the self-employed. Last year at around this time, on the first anniversary of the ban, the number of bankruptcies had risen...

Immigration museum planned for Saint-Josse

The government of the Brussels region has revived a plan to create a museum of immigration, according to Rachid Madrane speaking yesterday in the Brussels parliament. The museum will be known as the House of Diversity, and may find a home in Saint-Josse, the capital’s most culturally and ethnically...

A bridge to space: QinetiQ sends satellites into orbit

The launch of the satellite Proba-V a month ago, and its successful positioning in low orbit, brings us back to Kruibeke. Here, on the left bank of the river Scheldt, lie the European headquarters of QinetiQ Space – the company that built Proba-V. For me, it’s a reunion of sorts, because I was here...

Stay of execution for Mini-Europe and Océade

Two of Brussels’ most popular attractions, the theme park Mini-Europe and water park Océade, have had the contract for their location on the Heysel plateau prolonged until 2016. The news comes as a stay of execution for the two attractions, which had been told they would need to leave Heysel this...

Man who stabbed police in metro sentenced

A man who stabbed two police officers and attempted to stab a third has been sentenced to 17 years in prison by a court in Brussels. Brahim Bahrir, 35, had travelled to Brussels from Paris after hearing of protests following a police identity check of a woman wearing a burqa in Molenbeek. The...

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