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New website launched to report illegal trash in Brussels

You don’t have to walk far in Brussels to see that it is not one of the world’s cleanest cities. The capital of Europe has been trying for years to tackle the problem of rubbish on the streets – whether illegal dumping or citizen carelessness. But so far the results have been unimpressive. The...

Brussels youth unemployment hits 50% in some neighbourhoods

Latest employment figures released Monday reveal that up to 50 percent of young people in some neighbourhoods in Brussels are without a job. The news has city officials calling for action. Some politicians are suggesting that the problems begin with language. According to Jean-Luc Vanraes, a...

Days numbered for father-only surnames

The patriarchal tradition of giving children the surname of the father appears to be coming to an end in Belgium. A new government bill proposed by the Justice Commission in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives is introducing changes that will alter how children are named at birth. No longer will...

FFact evenings: a new world of English-speaking entertainment

Tuesday: just another boring weekday for expats in Brussels? Not anymore: once a month Tuesday, a new and exciting type of evening is taking place at the Theatre de la Toison d’Or ( TTO ). The concept is called FFact - Fun, Food and Acting – and its purpose is to reach out to the growing and...

Bpost appoints new CEO

Yesterday the federal government has approved the nomination of Koen Van Gerven as CEO of the federal postal service bpost. Van Gerven’s name was proposed to the council of ministers earlier this week by the bpost board. “The government sincerely congratulates Mr Van Gerven and wishes him every...

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Paying with smartphone possible by May

Carrying around cash and bank cards to make purchases could soon be part of the past. Beginning in May, it will be possible to make purchases with a smartphone with the use of a new app developed by Bancontact that will eventually put plastic in the history books. Consumers in Belgium will simply...

The top 5 cars that know how to strut their stuff

They’ve got it and they’re not afraid to flaunt it: that’s the best way to sum up these extravagant automobiles. With these cars, there’s no talk of finesse, equal proportions, or moderation; the goal is simply to lay it all out on the table! And these 5 lovely diamonds do just that; in a way that...

Belgium bans sale of mobile phones designed for children

From 1 March, it will be illegal in Belgium to sell mobile phones designed specifically for children below the age of seven. The government is banning the sale of and advertisements for mobile phones in the form of a toy, such as a cuddly bear, meant for children younger than seven. Guy Vandenbosch...

Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen may head to Manchester United

Word has it that current Tottenham Spurs and Belgian national team defender Jan Vertonghen may be on his way to Manchester United. The star defender ( pictured ) has reportedly said he will leave Tottenham in England’s Premier League at the end of the season if the team fails to secure a Champions...

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