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5,000 march in Brussels for self-determination

More than 5,000 people from various European citizens' movements, including the Flemish People's Movement, marched on Sunday in Brussels. The protesters want the right to self-determination to be recognised by the European institutions. The group gathered around 11.00 at Parc Cinquantenaire/...

Less use of one- and two-cent coins

The federal government has reached an agreement on the principle of allowing retailers to round prices up or down to the nearest five cents. The new measure will allow shopkeepers to avoid dealing with one- and two-cent coins. The coins will continue in circulation, but their use will be much...

Missing panel of Ghent Altarpiece possibly found

One of the most enduring criminal mysteries in Flanders, and the longest-running investigation on the books of the Ghent prosecutors’ office, could be nearing a solution, according to a Flemish historian. The panel known as “De rechvaardige rechters”, or “The Righteous Judges”, from the Ghent...

VUB wants to offer more classes in English

For the first time, Belgium’s universities and colleges have released a joint statement in the run up to the elections on May 25. In this way they hope to make their demands clear to future decision-makers in Flanders, Brussels and the federal government. In its ‘Memorandum 2014-2019’, The Free...

Waregem becomes Brussels in The New York Times

Waregem, a city in West Flanders, Belgium, graced the front page of almost all editions of The New York Times on Thursday, on the occasion of US president Barack Obama’s visit there on Wednesday. While the European edition of the renowned paper correctly referred to Waregem in the photo caption, in...

More bike-only streets for Brussels

The Brussels-Capital Region’s transport minister, Brigitte Grouwels, and mobility minister Bruno De Lille have announced plans to create more bike-only streets in the city, like the experimental route on Avenue Louise/Louizalaan between Rue de La Vallée/Dalstraat and Place Stéphanie/Stephanieplein...

Brussels introduces progressive electricity tariffs

By 2018, the Brussels-Capital Region will introduce progressive tariffs for electricity. Under the system, energy companies invoice a more expensive price per kilowatt hour to customers who consume more, and a lower rate to customers who consume less. Currently it is the other way around , with...

Belgian researchers hope to find Vesalius’ grave

A team of Belgian archaeologists, historians and artists is convinced that the grave of pioneering anatomist Andreas Vesalius lies under a car park on the Greek island Zakynthos. The team, organised by Belgium’s consul in Greece, Theo Dirix, hopes to retrieve the skeleton in the coming month...

Smoking ban has positive impact on children's health

Anti-smoking legislation has had a positive effect on children’s health, according to a study involving 2.5 million babies conducted by the universities of Hasselt, Maastricht, Harvard and Edinburgh. Smoke-free public spaces have contributed to a more than a 10% reduction in the number of children...

Culture beat – March 27

It’s party time in more than 30 neighbourhoods of the capital over the weekend with a rare opportunity to get an insiders’ view of the city. In Welcome Brussels , some 350 local residents open their doors to share an activity, hobby or passion. And if you live out of town, make a weekend of it with...

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