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Illustration picture shows the entrance sign 'Arbeit Macht Frei' at the gate of Auschwitz camp in Oswiecim, Poland. (BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM)

Paul Sobol, one of the last survivors of Auschwitz, dies in Brussels

One of the last survivors of the Auschwitz extermination camp, Paul Sobol, died earlier this week in Brussels, his son announced on Wednesday. "It is with great sadness that I inform you that my father joined his little Nelly last night,” Paul’s son Alain wrote. “He left without suffering, less...
Illustration picture shows the nuclear power plant of Doel, in the Scheldt estuary, near the port of Antwerp, Friday 18 September 2020. (BELGA PHOTO KRISTOF VAN ACCOM)

Government and Engie Electrabel at odds over nuclear shutdown

Belgium has seven nuclear reactors: four in Doel and three in Tihange. Alexander De Croo's government has confirmed its intention to close them all by 2025 - a decision that will redefine the country's energy landscape. This week, Engie Electrabel announced that it no longer plans to invest in the...

Squatters take over former postal offices near Flagey

Squatters have taken over the former Bpost office building located at the corner of Rue du Belvédère and Chaussée de Boondael, down the street from Flagey. The former postal administrative centre has been empty for about a year. Real estate magnate Dominque Janne, who owns about 40 properties in...

Ministers threatened with physical violence

The Flemish justice minister and the Brussels mobility minister have both received threats of physical violence this week. Police reports have been filed in both cases. Zuhal Demir (N-VA) received an email in response to her recent Facebook post about mosques run by the Diyanet – Turkey’s...

Covid in the classroom: How have international schools fared?

Listen to this article: “I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t write an email that uses Covid-19 somewhere in the heading,” says David Willows, director of advancement at the International School of Brussels (ISB). The school in Watermael-Boitsfort was the first in Belgium to close due to a case...
Illustration picture shows the word English in the Oxford English dictionary. (BELGA PHOTO SISKA GREMMELPREZ)

Belgium in top 10 of countries ranked by spoken English skills

While the three official languages of Belgium are French, Dutch, and German, the Belgians also seem to be doing well when it comes to speaking English. This is reflected in a report by the language learning service Education First (EF), which ranked 100 countries according to the skills of its...
Brussels region Minister-President Rudi Vervoort pictured during a press conference, Wednesday 07 October 2020 at the Brussels City Hall (BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE)

Belgium submits candidacy for future EU cybersecurity centre

Belgium has submitted its candidacy for the future European Union centre for cybersecurity. The planned centre would be located in Evere. EU member states will vote on which country will be the location of the new centre on 9 December. The European Union wants the centre to be a place where all the...

Retirement in Belgium: Some tips on volunteering and philanthropy

It’s never too late to feel fulfilled by helping others – and maybe learn new things along the way. Plenty of charities, NGOs and other organisations are constantly looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers from among the older generation – those with a wealth of experience and time on...
Illustration picture shows De Brouckere place pictured in Brussels, Friday 13 March 2020. (BELGA PHOTO NICOLAS MAETERLINCK)

New permit refused for famous Coca-Cola sign in Brussels city centre

The days of the famous Coca-Cola sign at De Brouckère in Brussels appear to be numbered after state secretary for urban planning Pascal Smet indicated that a new licence for the huge advertising board would not be issued. Everyone who visits Brussels knows the Coca-Cola sign that shines down on...

Protestors on both sides of traffic debate take to Bois de la Cambre

Both those in favour of keeping the avenues around Bois de la Cambre car-free and those against it held actions today in the park. While each side was keen to talk to the media, there were no conflicts between the two groups. Several organisations, including citizen’s action group Bral, are...

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