• Crosses on the pavement let you know you're changing countries

    Borderline insane

    14 Jul 2009 by a a
    The Flemish village of Baarle-Hertog is extremely difficult to describe. When you first hear people talking about it you think it's merely a village cut in half by the border between Belgium and the Netherlands. Oh, if it were only that simple.Full story
  • Lady Linn

    Lady sings the jazz

    14 Jul 2009 by a a
    Having moved on from playing covers, Ghent band Lady Linn and Her Magnificent Seven is causing a stir this year with their steady-paced cocktail lounge, swing-beat numbers inspired by the 1940s and '50s. So much so, they were invited to play at two of the country's most prestigious music events this year: Rock Werchter and the Ghent Jazz Festival. Full story
  • One of Leon Vranken's elegant wooden sculpture installations

    Bigger as it goes

    14 Jul 2009 by a a
    For the suspense and excitement it generates and for the high calibre of art it attracts, the Young Belgian Painters Award is one of this country's most widely-followed contemporary art events. The title is a throwback to the contest's origins in 1950: for many years, the biennial competition has been open to visual artists working in any medium whatsoever. They must be 35 or younger and have been based in Belgium for at least one year.Full story
  • Geert Verbeke on his farm of art

    Monet was here

    14 Jul 2009 by a a
    About 30 kilometres west of Antwerp, you'll know you've reached the Verbeke Foundation when you catch sight of a half-dozen tall, incongruous structures - machines or sculptures? - peeking above untamed vegetation. A propeller affixed to a steel tower: art or wind turbine? And that sleek, tank-like craft on stilts: military overstock or sci-fi-inspired fantasy? Full story
  • New bid for Opel

    14 Jul 2009 by a a
    The Belgian holding company RHJ International plans to submit an improved offer for Opel this week which would preserve all of its German plants, according to a report in the Flemish daily De Standaard. Under the plan, which at the time of going to press was neither confirmed nor denied, the company would require €3.8 billion in German government guarantees to preserve the plants. Full story
  • Belgium gets bad report

    14 Jul 2009 by a a
    Belgium's economy is in such poor state that the government cannot take steps to stimulate the economy and tackle the effects of the global recession, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Full story
  • Low-cost terminal could get ditched

    14 Jul 2009 by a a
    Plans to create a low-cost terminal at Brussels Airport could be abandoned, according to reports. The airport in Zaventem launched a project to open a separate terminal exclusively for low-cost airlines with the aim of generating 10% of total passenger numbers, some four million travellers, through budget carriers. Full story
  • Green Energy

    Flanders to set up own energy company

    14 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    The Flemish government announced last week that it plans to set up its own energy company to compete with Electrabel. The region will put up €515 million for the creation of a company provisionally called Vl Energie, which will group together a number of green energy producers in which it currently holds a stake. Those include biomass companies Thenergo and Biofer, wind power companies Electrawinds and Belwind and waste incineration plants Aquafin and Indaver.Full story
  • An embryologist brings eggs and sperm together in the lab

    Fertility treatment: the process

    14 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    The practice of going to another country for fertility treatment is often referred to as “fertility tourism”. But for those taking part, it’s anything but a vacation.Full story
  • Professor Paul Devroey of the UZB

    Babies from Belgium

    14 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    More than 10,000 couples travel to Western Europe every year seeking fertility treatment. More than one-fifth of those come to Belgium, according to two studies carried out by researchers in London and Ghent. Full story