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Home educators seek freedom of choice

Last summer, the Flemish government issued a decree to regulate home education, with the aim of making sure all children acquire the necessary skills to function in society. Several groups are now filing a complaint against the measure at the Constitutional Court. They feel that the freedom of...

Finding Dr Right in Brussels: your first-aid kit

January reared its cold and rainy head this past Belgian Blue Monday, and with it comes an onslaught of winter illnesses. For the Brussels expat, finding a well-suited doctor already calls for a prescription of painkillers. To make this an easier task to swallow, here are some homemade remedies...

State requests four-year sentence for STIB conductor’s killer

State prosecutors yesterday requested that Alexandre Vanderlest be handed a four-year prison sentence for his 2012 fatal assault on 56-year-old STIB conductor Iliaz Tahiraj. The deadly incident stemmed from a confrontation following a traffic accident between a car and a STIB bus. Vanderlest, 30, a...

Barack Obama set to make first visit to Belgium in March

It may have taken more than five years after he landed the job, but if the French press agency AFP’s sources have it right, US President Barack Obama will make his first visit to Belgium in March. The president is expected to be in Brussels March 26 for a EU-American summit and bilateral talks...

CAR mission given the go-ahead by EU foreign ministers

The EU’s foreign ministers have agreed to proceed with a military mission to the Central African Republic by sending roughly 500 soldiers into the quickly deteriorating situation in the country. The military support will provide help to both the French and African troops already on the ground...

Red Cross overwhelmed by stem cell donors

Red Cross Flanders is faced with a dilemma: As the public becomes more aware of the possibilities of stem cell donations in treating certain kinds of illnesses, such as leukaemia, more and more people come forward as potential donors. However, every donation must be analysed for its suitability to...

De Lijn boss suggests cuts to free travel and rural services

De Lijn CEO Roger Kesteloot has called for a review of the availability of public transport in sparsely populated areas, while increasing investment in urban areas. He also called into question free travel for seniors, suggesting instead a set of “social tariffs” for anyone on a low income. The...

Train ticket prices to Brussels Airport going up

The one-way fee to Brussels Airport is set to jump to € 5.07 on February 1, marking a 14% increase from the current supplement of € 4.44, after the decision was officially adopted by the federal government Friday. The increased supplement, which is added to the price of a normal train ticket to...

Less stolen copper in 2013

Last year’s figures show a significant drop in the amount of stolen copper cable along Belgium’s rail system. Reports for 2013 indicate a drop of 40% over the 2012 numbers. Belgian Railways, the Federal Railway Police, and the Belgian rail infrastructure company Infrabel, say that the dramatic...

Belgians stashing €60 billion in Swiss banks

A new report has revealed the extent that some of Belgium’s wealthiest citizens have gone to avoid paying their taxes. A professor at the London School of Economics has crunched the numbers from the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and has found that Belgians have a cool €60 billion hidden away in Swiss...

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