Expatica : Belgium (44)

Greece arrests Belgian woman wanted for terror ties: coastguard

A 22-year-old Belgian woman has been arrested in Greece on charges of extremism under a Europol arrest warrant, the coastguard and reports said Saturday."A 22-year-old foreign national has been arrested...

Dutch agree to hand over drug suspects to Belgium

The Netherlands on Friday agreed to extradite five suspects wanted on drug-smuggling charges by Belgium, after earlier suspending the handover due to concerns for their welfare in detention."Five suspects...

Looking for a place to rent? First pay 500 euros please

An increasing number of real estate agents are asking potential tenants a fee of up to 500 euros just to bring them into contact with landlords, De Standaard reports.

Antwerp and Brussels one to two centuries older?

Antwerp and Brussels could be one or two centuries older than originally thought.

Impressive fossil graveyard discovered off the Belgian coast

A unique fossil cemetery has been found off the Belgian coast, the Flemish Institute for the Sea reports.

Belgium orders trial for terror suspect Abdeslam over shootout

Belgium on Thursday ordered Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam to stand trial over a shootout in Brussels last year with Belgian and French police officers who had been tracking Europe's most wanted...

Malmédy's giant omelette: fewer people, more press

It's a tradition since two decades in Malmédy, in the eastern-most part of Belgium: each year, a giant omelette is made.

Euro Stadium in Brussels: all or nothing?

Will there be a new stadium in Brussels for Euro 2020 or not? That's the question.

High-skilled foreign workers in high demand

According to estimations, Belgium needs over a million high-skilled staff in the coming years.

Belgium to seek compensation in tainted-eggs scandal

The Belgian government said Wednesday that it would take legal action to obtain compensation for businesses that lost money over insecticide-tainted eggs that were shipped across the European Union and...

Motorcycling: Rabat title-winning bike stolen in Belgium

The Kalex bike with which Spain's Tito Rabat won the 2014 world Moto2 title has been stolen in Belgium, his Marc VDS team revealed on Wednesday.The bike was taken from the team's headquarters in Gosselies,...

UGent first Belgian university as Harvard rules

The Ghent university UGent is the first Belgian player on the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Orange alert for thunderstorms; emergency number 1722 activated

The Belgian Met Office issued an orange alert for heavy thunderstorms this morning.

Belgian IS suspect arrested in Istanbul

A man with a Belgian passport has been apprehended in Turkey.

Turkey detains Belgian IS suspect 'planning attack'

Turkish authorities have detained in Istanbul a Belgian national who spent time in Syria and is accused of planning a major attack, the state-run Anadolu news agency said Tuesday.The man, identified as...

Old lady showing middle finger shrouded in mystery

One of the walls of resting home De Berk is showing a big-size mural of an old lady showing her middle finger.

At least 10,000 claiming compensation for delayed flight

At least 10,000 Belgians have already filed for a financial compensation this year, after their flight had been delayed or even scrapped.

Huge container ship runs aground: "Almost went straight into a village"

A huge cargo ship has got stuck in the Western Scheldt.

Dodentocht: 8,582 participants made it, 5,370 threw in the towel

The 48th edition of the Walk of Death in Bornem has been a tough nut to crack.

Belgian woman at the helm of UN Counter-Terrorism Directorate

The Belgian lawyer Michèle Coninsx has been appointed Executive Director of the United Nation's Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate.

Railway trespassing on the up, despite various campaigns

More people are wandering onto the tracks in Belgium, figures by the rail infrastructure company Infrabel reveal.

Belgium's giant omelette festival defies tainted egg scandal

You cannot make a giant omelette without breaking thousands of eggs, health scare or not, and the small Belgian town of Malmedy is determined its annual festival is going ahead come what may.Ten thousand...

Manneken Pis gets flowery hairdo

Brussels' most famous son Manneken Pis has got a new hairdo.

Two detained and properties searched in fipronil scandal

The Federal Police Service has carried out searches at premises at 11 locations across Belgium as part of the investigation into the fipronil scandal.

Life expectancy up in 2016

After a slight fall in 2015 life expectancy rose again in Belgium in 2016.

Pope warns Belgian charity to stop offering euthanasia

A Belgian Catholic charity said Thursday it has been warned by Pope Francis to stop offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals by the end of the month or face expulsion.The board of directors of...

Dutch, Belgians launch raids as Europe egg scandal grows

Dutch and Belgian investigators launched joint raids on Thursday over Europe's insecticide-tainted egg scare as Britain said it had imported far more contaminated eggs than originally revealed.The spiralling...

Dutch, Belgians launch raids over contaminated eggs

Investigators in the Netherlands and Belgium carried out coordinated raids on Thursday linked to a probe into the discovery of the insecticide fipronil in European eggs, authorities said.The joint action...

Rush hour traffic diverted amid bomb scare

An area just outside Brussels West Station was cordoned off for three hours on Tuesday evening due to a bomb alert.

Belgian bosses doing more to keep staff motivated

Belgian bosses say that they are doing more and more to keep their staff motivated and to keep them feeling good at work.

Agriculture Minister angry with Dutch

The Federal Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme has attacked the poor communication between The Netherlands and Belgium with relation to the current issues relating to fipronil contamination in eggs.

Google Belgian unit in tax probe: report

Google's Belgian unit faces a tax probe, a report said Wednesday, after the US internet giant had to cough up hundreds of millions of euros in back taxes in Britain and Italy.Many US and other multinational...

Rainbow-coloured zebra crossings for Antwerp Pride

As Antwerp gets ready for a 5-day long festival of LGBT culture the port city has painted two zebra crossings on the Suikerrui in the colours of the rainbow,

Second opinion reveals excess fipronil levels in eggs

The Federal Food Safety Agency says tests carried out on eggs from one of 86 producers that are under lock down has shown that eggs produced by one of the producer's chickens have levels of fipronil that exceed European safety guidelines.

Child porn convictions reach all time high

Last year 71 people in Belgium were convicted for having spread child pornography.

Brussels security alert as driver says carrying explosives

Belgian police set up a security cordon in a suburb of Brussels Tuesday after arresting a man who said the car he was driving contained explosive material, prosecutors said.Around 400 people were being...

"Fipronil concentrations in Belgian eggs well below the European norm"

The Federal Food Safety Agency has released the results of research into Fipronil levels in Belgian chickens and eggs.

Thiam after historic feat: "I realise I am not invincible"

Nafi Thiam has won the women's heptathlon at the Athletics World Championships in London, becoming the first Belgian world champion in athletics ever.

Premier demands "suitable punishment" for Prince Laurent

Prime Minister Charles Michel wants a suitable punishment for Prince Laurent.

Belgian prince risks allowance cut over Chinese contacts

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel is taking action that could cut Prince Laurent's allowance after the tearaway younger brother of King Philippe met Chinese officials without official consent, government...

Millions of chickens face cull in Europe health scandal

Millions of chickens could be culled in the Netherlands over fears of insecticide-tainted eggs, an industry body said as Belgium vowed full transparency Monday about why it kept the scandal secret.Supermarkets...

Enjoy the summer while it lasts, as worse is coming up

Sunday and especially Monday will be sunny and dry, with temperatures climbing to 25 Celsius .

Germany "disappointed" in Belgian approach

The German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt is concerned about the fact that the Belgian Food Safety Agency knew as early as June that a first egg producer reported a Fipronil contamination.

"Record number of tourists in Flanders"

The Flemish Tourism Minister Ben Weyts has released tourism statistics for Flanders for the first four months of the year.