Expatica : Belgium (34)

Prison sentences of 8 and 9 years for Nigerian pimps

The two leaders of a Nigerian prostitution gang have been sentences of 8 and 9 years respectively by a court in the West Flemish city of Bruges.

Brussels Regional Government wins confidence vote

The Brussels Regional Government has won a vote of confidence.

St Paul's British Primary School becomes ISF Tervuren International School

Following successful completion of the merger in April 2017 with International School of Flanders, St Paul's British Primary School in Vossem-Tervuren has changed its' name to ISF Tervuren International School.

Holocaust-denying Belgian ex-MP ordered to visit Nazi camps

A Belgian ex-MP convicted for Holocaust denial was ordered by a Brussels court on Wednesday to visit former Nazi concentration camps and write about the experience as part of his sentence.Controversial...

Brussels Airlines staff help victims of Ryanair debacle

Staff at Brussels Airlines are using social media to share price reduction codes.

Human traffickers put victims up in holiday camps

A gang of human traffickers is suspected of having smuggled hundreds of Iranians via Belgium to the UK.

World War I submarine found in North Sea

A World War I submarine has been found in the Belgian sector of the North Sea, off the West Flemish coast.

WWI German submarine wreck found off Belgium

The well-preserved wreck of a German submarine sunk during World War I has been found in the North Sea and may have the bodies of its crew still on board, Belgian officials said Tuesday.A diver who has...

Brussels rail tunnel re-opens

The rail tunnel that links Brussels North and Brussels Schuman railway station has re-open after it became flooded with water and mud after a water main burst causing a huge sink hole to appear on the near-by Leuvensesteenweg.

Brussels Regional Government tables confidence vote

The First Minister in the Brussels Regional Government Rudi Vervoort has announced that a vote of confidence will be held in the Brussels-Capital Region's parliament on Wednesday.

Ryanair issued with notice of default

The consumers association Test-Aankoop has sent the Irish low cost airline Ryanair a notice of default.

A car-free Sunday

European Mobility Week got under way on Saturday. This year the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle is being celebrated.

Brussels Heritage Weekend puts nature in the spotlight

This weekend is Heritage Weekend in the Brussels-Capital Region. The theme of the 2017 Heritage weekend is Nature in the city'.

Is Prince Laurent really ill?

According to his solicitor, Prince Laurent is ill.

Turkey rebukes Belgium over 'unacceptable' court ruling on PKK

Turkey lashed out at Belgium on Friday, accusing it of being a "weak link" in the fight against terrorism after a Belgian court ruled that an outlawed Kurdish group could not be prosecuted for terrorist...

Sink hole: last residents allowed home

Last night the last local residents who were evacuated following the emergence of a sink hole on the Leuvensesteenweg last Thursday.

Brussels: weather warning!

The Brussels environment department is taking action now that winds are predicted to reach speeds of 80km/h in the course of Wednesday.

Design gems at the ADAM in Brussels

"Panorama. A History of Modern Design in Belgium" is a must-see exhibition currently running at the ADAM, the Brussels Design Museum, at the Heizel exhibition site in Brussels.

OECD says that Flemish youngsters lack ambition

A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says that Flanders is still doing well when it comes to education.

New shocking images from West Flemish abattoir

New shocking images have immerged of wanton maltreatment of animals at an abattoir in West Flanders.

Fewer transit migrants since police started checks

The number of migrants sleeping in Brussels North railway station and the near-by Maximiliaan Park has fallen sharply since the police have been carrying out regular checks to look for illegal immigrants.

Man arrested after Belgian mayor's throat slashed

Belgian police arrested a suspect after a local mayor had his throat slashed in a graveyard, authorities said Tuesday as they probed a murder that shocked the country.Alfred Gadenne, 71, was found dead...

Chinese now own all of Zeebrugge container terminal

The Chinese shipping line Cosco Shipping has become sole owner of APM Terminals at the West Flemish port of Zeebrugge.

Nationalist leader puts confederalism on the back-burner

The leader of the Flemish nationalist party Bart De Wever has said in a newspaper interview that that his party won't campaign on confederalism in the run-up to the next federal and regional elections in 2019.

Happy birthday Queen Paola

Queen Paola is celebrating her 80th birthday today.

Rain, thunder and lightning on Monday

The Royal Meteorological Institute has warmed of poor weather condition across the country on Monday afternoon and Monday evening.

Miami to Brussels flight cancelled

The hurricanes that have been battering the Caribbean over the past few days have also affected the travel plans of Belgian tourists holidaying in the region.

Flemish Government invests in Flemish Masters

The Flemish Tourism Minister Ben Weyts has annouced an investment of 4.5 million euro in projects to stimulate interest in the Flemish Masters.

Sink hole: Leuvensesteenweg closed for two months?

An entire neighbourhood in the Brussels borough of Sint-Joost has been evacuated after the emergence of a sink hole with a 5 metre diameter on the Leuvensesteenweg.

12,000 volunteers needed for Passchendaele remembrance

Zonnebeke, the West Flemish municipality that houses the largest British and Commonwealth war cemetery in the world, Tyne Cot, is looking for 12,000 volunteers to take part in a ceremony of remembrance at the cemetery in October.

"Only one piece of hand luggage!"

Low cost airline Ryanair has decided to stop allowing passengers to take two pieces of hand luggage onto its flights.

Soviet Constructivism honoured at Brussels Design Museum

The ADAM, the Brussels Design Museum close to the Atomium, is currently hosting its first exhibition in co-operation with the Moscow Design Museum.

"We don't want a Calais in Brussels"

Police intend to carry out more checks in the Maximiliaan Park in Brussels where hundreds of migrants have set up home.

Hacker targets airline companies and their tickets!

A gentleman from Mechelen stands accused of defrauding leading international airlines by getting hold of dozens of airline tickets without having to pay.