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Belgium gives €22 million to Rwandan infrastructure projects

Belgium has released more than €22 million to help fund Rwanda’s infrastructure budget, particularly with regards to improving the country’s rural electricity grids. The latest grant amount is part of a larger agreement signed between both governments that totals €160 million to be allocated...

Human Rights League crowdfunds fight against data law

The Flemish League for Human Rights has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fight against the introduction of a new law on data retention by telecommunications companies. The new law, passed in the summer of 2013, obliges any company providing telephone or email services in Belgium to retain the...

Former Belgian prime minister addresses protesters in Kiev

Former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt flew to Kiev last week to speak to anti-government protesters gathered in Independence Square. Verhofstadt, who was recently voted leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament, was the first EU leader to...

Belgian PM welcomes Chinese pandas

The two pandas gifted by the Chinese government to Belgium arrived at Brussels Airport in Zaventem yesterday to a welcome worthy of heads of state. More than 120 representatives of the international press were on hand, with prime minister Elio Di Rupo and the Chinese embassy to Belgium, to welcome...

Belgium set to overhaul links to African colonial past

Belgium’s controversial colonial African history is about to be revisited as work to modernise the country’s Museum for Central Africa will soon get underway. The museum located on Turveren in Brussels closed its doors in December for extensive renovations that will continue until 2017. Belgium...

Belgium’s Foreign Minister travels to Iran to strengthen diplomatic ties

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders spoke of working toward a renewed trust Sunday after he met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran. Didier was visiting Iran in an effort to strengthen the two countries’ relationship in light of ongoing nuclear talks. The moderate Rouhani has been...

Belgium draws well in Euro 2016 grouping

Belgium’s aspirations for success at Euro 2016 took a step in the right direction this weekend in Nice when the luck of the draw placed the Red Devils in a group sans football’s European powerhouses. The good fortune placed them in a group made up of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Israel, Wales, Cyprus and...

Wage Watchers: How much does a communications manager earn?

What do you do? I’m a communications manager at EVA (Ethic Vegetarian Alternatives), an organisation that helps keep people informed about eating vegetarian. We have a trimestral magazine and a website, but we also organize cooking workshops, gastronomic dinners and consulting sessions for cooks...

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No medals for Belgians at Sochi Winter Games

As the Winter Games begin rounding up in Sochi, it appears that Belgian athletes will come home without a single medal. Speed skater Bart Swings came closest, finishing fourthin the 5,000 metres, fifthin the 10,000m and 10th in the 1,500m. There were high hopes for the women’s bobsleigh team, made...

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