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Like a bridge over troubled water: helping Brits in Belgium

Brussels, Gare du Midi. You’ve just arrived in Belgium. You’re excited about seeing the architectural magnificence of the Grand Place; looking forward to your first chocolate-coated waffle. You stride confidently towards the metro. You put your hand in your pocket to check your passport. Shock. It’...

Belgian woman dies in Thailand tour bus crash

Five people were killed, including a seven-month-old baby and a Belgian woman, and 53 injured when a tour bus plummeted off a hillside in northern Thailand after its brakes failed, according to police. Passengers said the coach had swerved several times on winding mountain roads, before it ploughed...

Website to allow citizens to report obsolete laws

The parliamentary committee for legislative monitoring will, by the end of this month, set up a website where citizens can express their views on laws that should be abolished or are no longer valid or relevant, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report today. It is the parliamentary committee’s task...

Ikea withdraws moose lasagna over traces of pork

Swedish furniture giant Ikea says it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium. Spokeswoman Tina Kardum said the product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22. The...

2,000 girls at risk of female circumcision

There are an estimated 2,000 young girls in Belgium at risk of being genitally mutilated, reports the Gazet van Antwerpen. Most of them live in Brussels, but in Antwerp alone there are hundreds of girls at risk of being circumcised, warns the Group for the Abolition of Sexual Mutilation . According...

Diesel vehicles increasingly hard to make profitable

Figures published by motoring association VAB suggest that drivers using diesel need to do 30,000km before it starts costing less than standard unleaded petrol, reports Flanders News . A year ago, a driver using diesel had to cover 25,000km a year to benefit from the investment; two years ago the...

Culture beat - April 5

Making the most of the end of the school holidays is the circus arts festival Hopla! that pitches its tents in Brussels every spring. The 2013 caravan is in the Royal quarter of Laeken on April 11, Place Sainctelette and Tour & Taxis on April 12 and Place Sainte-Catherine April 13 and 14. Roll...

‘Offshore lists are correct’

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has published a list of those who use Singapore- or Hong Kong-based fiduciaries and offshore companies in the Virgin Islands and Cook Islands to ensure tax impunity. Among the 100-odd Belgians on the list, the name of Pierre Bocquet (...

Interior minister hopes to tackle growth of racism

Following reports detailing a sharp rise in anti-Semitic and racist hate crimes in Belgium, interior minister Joëlle Milquet has called for a collective and governmental response to the issue. Milquet last week told parliament she would strengthen the monitoring of anti-Semitism in Belgium through...

Alert over counterfeit €50 notes

Hundreds of counterfeit €50 notes are circulating in the Halle-Vilvoorde area, west and north of Brussels, reports Flanders News . The local police have received at least eight reports of fake banknotes, and police spokesman Serge Roelens said they were being laundered through places such as food...

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