Expatica : Belgium (30)

Belgium opens humanitarian corridor for Syrian refugees

The Belgian secretary of state for asylum and migration Theo Francken is issuing a visa to 150 Syrian refugees on humanitarian grounds.

Shower of Michelin stars hits Flanders

Michelin this week published its new guide for Belgium and Luxembourg.

"Are the Flemish racists?"

Research undertaken at the Francophone Free University of Brussels, the ULB, reveals some persistant Belgian clich├ęs are unfounded.

EU agencies won't be coming to Brussels post-Brexit

Brussels has failed in its attempt to become the new home of the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority .

Riot suspect remanded in custody

A 34-year-old man has been remanded in custody for his part in the riot in the centre of Brussels on Saturday 11 November.

Extra cash for trauma-psychologists in Flemish schools

The Flemish education Minister Hilde Crevits has announced that 7 trauma-psychologists are to continue their work in Flemish schools at a cost 500,000 euro.

Agreement on foreign adoptions

The parties that form the coalition that makes up the Flemish Government have drawn up a new framework for the adoption of children from abroad.

Calculate your pension on mypension.be

In future everyone in Belgium will be able to calculate how much he or she will receive in pension once they retire.

Controversy over fundamentalist meeting in Genk Town Hall

A report broadcast in the Dutch current affairs programme 'Nieuwsuur' has caused controversy here.

EU ready for 'most ambitious' Brexit trade pact: Barnier

EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier said on Monday the bloc would give Britain its "most ambitious" trade deal -- but only if it meets the bloc's stringent Brexit conditions.Barnier warned Britain it had to...

Over 30 Belgians ennobled and decorated

It's been a busy day for King Filip on Tuesday as he ennobled and decorated no fewer than thirty Belgians.

Fireworks display to quit "Times Square of Brussels"

The City of Brussels has decided to organise the annual fireworks display on New Year's Eve at the foot of the Atomium landmark instead of in downtown Brussels.

Have you tried Flemish yacons yet?

A new root vegetable has just hit the Flemish market, the yacon.

Belgium top of the class when it comes to recycling

According to figures released by the European Statistics Agency Eurostat, Belgium is doing particularly well when it comes to recycling.

Bruges Police on the alert ahead of football friendly

Police in the West Flemish city of Bruges are taking every precaution to prevent any violence erupting in or around the city's Jan Breydel Stadium before, during and after this evening's international friendly match between Belgium and Japan.

Brussels company searched in IS funding investigation

Detectives have search the premises of a Brussels company as part of the investigation into the French concrete firm Lafarge.

Rapper video shoot sparks fresh riots in Brussels

Rioters clashed with police in Brussels Wednesday after a rapper tried to illegally shoot a video, officials said, days after football fans went on the rampage in the Belgian capital.Hundreds of youths...

Moroccan World Cup celebrations injure 22 police in Brussels

The violence that broke out late Saturday in central Brussels after the qualification of the Moroccan national football team for the next World Cup injured 22 police officers, police told Belga news agency.Riot...

Moroccan World Cup celebrations turn violent in Brussels

Celebrations turned violent in central Brussels on Saturday, minutes after the qualification of the Moroccan national football team for the next World Cup in Russia, police told Belga news agency.Riot...

Flemish Parliament backs resolution on Iranian academic condemned to death

The Flemish Parliament on Wednesday approved an urgent resolution on Ahmadreza Djalali,

Scheutbos, where the countryside meets the city

In the first of a new series on lesser known, but nevertheless interesting parks, monuments and buildings in Flanders and Brussels we visit Scheutbos, a park and nature reserve on the western edge of Brussels.

Half of all under 18's in 'Vlaamse Rand' of foreign descent

There has been a marked increase in the number of Brusselers leaving the Capital Region to go and live in one of nineteen Flemish municipalities around the Belgian and Flemish capital commonly known as the 'Vlaamse Rand' or Flemish periphery around Brussels.

"Mr Juncker, do you continue to support this putsch?"

8/11/17 - Speaking at a gathering of Catalan mayors at the Bozar cultural centre in Brussels the ousted leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, explicitly thanked Belgium's governing Flemish nationalist party, the N-VA, for its support in recent weeks.

Refugee crisis inspires at Jan Fabre's Ostend art festival

Until April of next year the seaside resort of Ostend is hosting a major contemporary art festival.

"Undocumented people found on trains will be sent back"

The Belgian asylum and migration secretary has pledged more checks on Belgian rail services after a rise in incidents targeting train staff and often involving undocumented people.

Catalonia crisis threatens Belgian spillover: analysts

Carles Puigdemont's exile in Brussels is proving a stiff test for the fragile government of Belgium, a country with a history of communal divisions that run as deeply as Catalonia's, analysts said.Belgian...

Gritters out as temperatures plummet

With temperatures falling to around freezing on Monday night gritter lorries were out in force across the region in an effort to keep the roads ice-free.

Flemish youngsters more tolerant towards immigrants

A new international study of has revealed that Flemish 14-year-olds have become more tolerant towards immigrants.

Brussels' first trampoline park opens on Thursday

Lovers of trampolining can jump for joy at the news that Brussels' first ever trampoline park is set to open its door this week.

Ahold Delhaize profits up on cost-cutting

Dutch-Belgian food retailer Ahold Delhaize said Wednesday that cost-cutting helped boost earnings in the third quarter, as it continues to unlock synergies from its merger more than a year ago.Ahold Delhaize,...