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Wolf pups born, though unseen for now

Flanders' only wolf pair, dubbed Noëlla and August, are proud parents of newborn pups, environment minister Zuhal Demir has announced. Wildlife experts are not sure of the exact location of the den or how many pups there are. They do know that the latest images of Noëlla caught on night vision...

Brussels police catch burglar with TV under his arm

With the stay-at-home rule and increased police patrols, now is a really difficult time to be a burglar - as one thief discovered this weekend when he was caught red-handed with a telly under his arm. The 34-year-old man was arrested on Quai à la Houille in downtown Brussels at 8.45 on Sunday after...

Laeken Park to be permanently closed to traffic

Laeken Park is now officially car-free, following a year-long period of blocking the streets that run through the park to traffic. The cement blocks currently on the site will be replaced with something more permanent, according to Brussels-City mobility councillor Bart Dhondt (Groen). “The city...

Belgium needs 'decisive measures' to make cities more liveable post-coronavirus

Thousands of premature deaths from air pollution could be avoided if Belgium gives proper thought to the post-coronavirus future of its towns and cities, experts have said in an open letter jointly published today by The Bulletin, Le Soir and De Standaard. The letter is addressed to the national...

How Belgium's coronavirus experts are making science sexy

With the coronavirus pandemic affecting almost every aspect of our daily lives, Belgians have quickly learned scientific concepts like epidemiology and virology that might have been incomprehensible a few months ago. This is largely down to the likes of Steven Van Gucht, Emmanuel André, Marc Van...

Belgium's Hooverphonic places fifth in alternative Eurovision

Flemish band Hooverphonic came in fifth in Eurostream 2020, an alternative to the Eurovision Song Contest, which was cancelled because of the coronavirus. Eurostream was an online effort put together by several Eurovision fan sites. It held semi-finals and a Grand Finale, just like the real...

'It is not desirable for our streets to be dominated by cars again'

During the COVID-19 response, the spatial dimension has not received the attention it deserves. Yet over the centuries our built environment has been planned as a spatial vaccine. A healthy environment is laid down in standards, rules and plans. Basic facilities are available collectively and...

People crowd into shopping streets, police called to Chaussée d’Ixelles

Retail outlets were taken by surprise today at the number of enthusiastic customers who showed up this morning. Today was the first day that shops could be open following a near two-month closure to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Mondays are generally slower shopping days, and retailers also...

Giving birth during Covid-19: One expat mum shares her story

Johanna Tilly was in the final stage of her second pregnancy when the country went into lockdown. The yoga teacher, doula and coach, originally from Germany, had been preparing for a natural birth at the new Chirec Delta hospital in Auderghem. Confinement meant many cancellations although her...

Coronavirus shopping: What changes in Belgium from 11 May

Shops throughout Belgium are allowed to reopen this Monday - but there are several new rules you need to be aware of, and disruption on Brussels public transport due to a sudden strike. Access to shops will be limited to a maximum of one customer per 10m² of retail space, with a maximum shopping...

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