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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...

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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