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Antwerp’s Sinksenfoor moves to Borgerhout

Beginning in the summer of 2015, Belgium’s largest fair, the Sinksenfoor in Antwerp, will be located along the deSingel motorway in the Borgerhout district instead of at its traditional home along the docks. The month-long fair has been the source of much controversy since residents living in...

Obama visits Brussels on March 26

American President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive in Brussels on Wednesday, March 26. He will visit the headquarters of the European Union, NATO and the Belgian government. His plans are to meet with Commission President José-Manuel Barroso and European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy...

Brussels’ 6 truly Belgian restaurants

Restaurants in Brussels serving up real slice of Belgian pie For saying it's the Belgian capital as much as it is the European one, finding authentic Belgian food in Brussels is not as easy at it should be. That’s because knowing which Brussels restaurants offer a real Belgian dining experience...

Grand Place to get major facelift

May 5 marks the start of a major restoration project for several facades on Brussels’ most famous square, the Grand Place. First, house numbers one to seven will be restored, taking around 190 days to complete. The next 90 days will be devoted to house numbers 34 to 38. During the project, the...

Bad news for Belgium’s climate

By the year 2100 Belgium will face severe flooding, skyrocketing costs due to the rising sea level and serious loss of groundwater resources. These and other startling predictions are in a leaked draft of the latest UN climate report, not due for release until later this month. Not only Belgium,...

Bookstore chain back in hands of original owners

The eight bookshops across Belgium that were known as De Slegte before being taken over by the Dutch chain Polare will revert back to their original name and be run by the original family owners, headed by Jan Bernard de Slegte. De Slegte was founded in Rotterdam at the turn of the 20th century,...

New measures to improve rental housing market

Flanders’ housing minister Freya Van den Bossche has announced new measures aimed at helping renters find affordable accommodation. Based on the first results of the Housing Survey, the government, said Van den Bossche, has to do more to assist people in the rental sector. As a first step, a new...

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Racism rampant in Belgium’s labour market

The Belgian labour market is based on “ethnostratification”, according to the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), meaning that racial and ethnic origin play a major role in determining a person’s employment prospects. The network found Belgium to be a source of “continuing inequality and an...

Equal Pay Day campaign held in North Station

In a symbolic action to call attention to the gender pay gap, a group of activists gathered in Brussels’ North Station this morning. The socialist trade union ABVV and women’s movement Zij-Kant led the demonstration, which invited passers-by to “follow” a career path fraught with obstacles and...

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