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Culture beat – January 16

Tickets are still available for the American Theatre Company ’ show Sylvia , a touching and funny tale about marriage and middle age with a canine twist. Greg and Kate move to Manhattan from the ‘burbs once their children have flown the nest. When Greg returns home with a dog he has ‘found’ in the...

Work cheques could boost youth employment, says minister

Federal employment minister Monica De Coninck wants to introduce “work cheques” to help youths with few job skills to find work. She calculates that a scheme could reduce unemployment figures by 15,000. In an interview with De Tijd newspaper, De Coninck said that the 23% youth unemployment rate in...

Belgian restaurants too pricey, but groceries good value

Restaurant meals in Belgium are the second-most expensive in Europe after the Netherlands, according to the Dutch food service industry federation FSIN. “We set out to show that Dutch restaurants are much too expensive in relation to food in our supermarkets,” explained FSIN director Jan-Willem...

Belgium has third-highest divorce rate in EU

Belgium has taken the dubious honour of finding itself in third place on the list of the EU’s highest divorce rates. The stats put Belgians behind only Latvia and Lithuania when it comes to walking away from the ‘death do us part’ section of the wedding vows. Every year, close to 32,000 Belgians,...

Afghans continue their march to stay in Belgium

For the second time in the past month, they walked for days to protest their case. Hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers accompanied by their supporters to the streets, walking from 70km from Brussels to Ghent. Beginning their march on January 11, the protesters once again hoped their actions would put...

The Brussels Motor Show rolls into town

The 2014 Brussels European Motor Show for cars and motorcycles officially kicked off last night as King Philippe opened the event for its 92nd edition. The doors will open to the public beginning tomorrow at 10 am and will continue until the 26th of January at the Brussels Exposition. Despite being...

Seeing a movie in Brussels: a maze of dubbing and subtitles

Movies are a form of escapism for many movie-goers, and for expats living in Belgium, seeing actors from back home is of real importance. That is why sitting through a French-dubbed version of George Clooney or Keira Knightley in a Brussels cinema can be teeth-grinding. However, the situation is...

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Brussels’ Place Jourdan could become car-free by 2016

Place Jourdan in the capital’s EU quarter could be turned into a car-free square by 2016, according to Vincent De Wolf, the mayor of the Etterbeek commune. Wolf has launched a public inquiry to discuss his administration’s proposals for transforming the popular square. If it gets planning approval...

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