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Belgium has a new three-Michelin-star restaurant

Make your plans now for when restaurants re-open in Belgium: The prestigious new Michelin Guide is out. The big news is that Zilte in Antwerp has earned a third Michelin star in the new restaurant guide, which covers Belgium and Luxembourg. Zilte becomes only the second restaurant in the guide with...

Wooden figures bursting with personality on show in Brussels

Maybe you saw them pop up on social media: Those quintessential little wooden mannequin’s creatively transformed – sometimes with props – into sculptures bursting with personality. One is, for instance, holding a Belgian endive. Another is hiding under – or perhaps being run over by – a shopping...

Brussels' taxi sector divided over capital's mobility policy

Taxi federation Febet has warned that it is considering calling a strike in protest against the Zone 30 speed restrictions in the Brussels Capital region and the capital’s proposed per-kilometre road tax, citing a lack of consultation on both policies. But the Brussels Taxi Federation (BTF), which...
Illustration picture shows face shields hanging from drip-stands in a COVID-ward at the Geel Hospital, Tuesday 05 January 2021. (BELGA PHOTO JONAS ROOSENS)

Hospitals deliver damning verdict on Belgium's handling of first wave

Members of Belgium’s Covid-19 Special Commission listened to damning assessments of the handling of the crisis by the authorities of the Brussels region when representatives of three major Brussels hospitals gave their testimonies in parliament last week. The commission, tasked with determining...
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Our house: The state of Brussels’ short-term property market

Listen to this article: Every European capital attracts young people. But Brussels is different. Its influx of young professionals is institutionalised, periodic and ceaseless. If you only count EU institution trainees, it amounts to hundreds of people incoming twice a year. Overall, the EU bubble...

The Bulletin weekly podcast: 11 January

In our regular weekly podcast , we meet the people and visit the places that make Belgium special. This week: Washington DC unrest: A local response to the attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters Wooden figures bursting with personality on show in Brussels Patatak opens in central Brussels,...

Bruges’s horses have become fat, says carriage driver

It turns out that we human beings are not the only living things to have put on a few corona kilos. One group of horses that pull the carriages in Bruges have gained a collective 50 kilograms just over the last few months. The horse-drawn carriages had to stop last October at the start of the...
Post-Brexit trade UK and EU

Post-Brexit trade between UK & Belgium: From one transition to another?

Following the eleventh-hour deal on the UK’s future trading relationship with the European Union, British companies in Belgium are breathing a collective sigh of relief while facing an onslaught of post-Brexit red tape. British grocery store Stonemanor delivers up to 20,000 food products and other...

What’s on this week: 8-14 January

Giving up on the idea of being able to present it to a live audience anytime soon, the exciting and accomplished dance troupe Ultima Vez is presenting its new show, Hands Do Not Touch Your Precious Me , via livestream . Choreographer Wim Vandekeybus fuses theatre and dance, using inventive...

When telecoms fail, BE-Alert system also fails, proved today’s incident

The BE-Alert system, whereby residents of Belgium receive an email or text message informing them of any local or national emergencies, did not perform to expectations in the early morning hours of Friday. The system was used to alert residents that the emergency numbers 100, 101 and 112 were out...

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