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Culture beat – February 27

Belgium is at the centre of World War One centenary commemorations this year. One of the first major exhibitions on the conflict is now open at the Royal Museum of the Army and of Military History, 14-18, It’s Our History! , and continues until April 26, 2015. It’s ambition is to explain the impact...

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Six spring events you’ll wish you’d sprung on sooner in Belgium

The official start of spring is still a month away, yet this year’s continued mild winter weather is already causing early blooms. As we also cautiously emerge premature from our winter cocoons, the warmth gives us new courage to dig into the Belgian landscape and unearth its most secret - and...

Belgium urged to rein in tax evaders

The Belgium government has been told it is not doing enough to clamp down on tax evaders and money launderers, and now is the time to take action. Leading the way is the Attorney General at the Court of Appeal in Brussels, Lucien Nouwynck (pictured above), who says that more must be done to get a...

New smartphone car sharing service Uber comes to Brussels

Catching a lift to work or home from the bar just got a lot easier for those living in Brussels as the car sharing service Uber has finally arrived. Already popular in other countries, the American-based service connects passengers to drivers through the use of a smartphone app. The service, which...

Brussels art deco space De Loketten to be converted into visitors’ centre

For the past seven years, the Flemish Parliament has organised exhibitions of art and design in a beautiful Art Deco interior in Brussels. De Loketten has housed the work of such artists as Panamarenko and Jan Fabre, as well as the annual Henry van de Velde designers exhibition and fashion and...

Solvay sees profits drop in 2013

Last year was not a profitable one for the Belgian chemical company Solvay after it revealed its 2013 net profits took a significant dip. The international giant is now looking to restructure in order to bring its margins back to meet expectations for 2014. The company’s profits fell by nearly half...

Belgian art curator Jan Hoet dies in Ghent hospital

Flanders’ most famous art curator, Jan Hoet, died last night in a Ghent hospital at the age of 77. Hoet was a flamboyant and charismatic figure who shook up the local art world time and again. He became the director of Ghent’s contemporary art museum in the 1970s and made headlines when, in the...

Jacques Rogge joins the British knighthood for London Olympics success

An honour normally only bestowed on British nationals was given to one of Belgium’s own yesterday. Jacques Rogge, the former International Olympic Committee President, received an honorary knighthood at London’s Buckingham Palace for his years helming the post as the IOC chief, but especially for...

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