• Coasting along

    28 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    The dark nights may be setting in and the memories starting to fade, but it is generally agreed that this summer has been one of the best ever for businesses on the Flemish coast.Full story
  • Four walk free on murder charges despite “confession”

    28 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Four men accused of the murder of a farmer 12 years ago were last week freed by a court in Ghent after the jury decided a confession made eight years ago was false.Full story
  • Talk the Talk

    28 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    In Brussels, the problem for tourists – and for those dealing with tourists – is always: which language to speak? It’s a perennial shock to those who come here with their degrees in French to find that every shop assistant, it seems, is fluent in at least two languages, and competent in two more.Full story
  • Hacker holds Belgacom for ransom

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    A hacker who claimed to have broken security on internet modems last week threatened to reveal the account information of 285,000 Belgacom clients. The hacker posted the logins and passwords for 30 accounts on an online forum for Skynet users to show he had the information.Full story
  • Airlines file complaint against government

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    The Association of European Airlines (AEA) has lodged a complaint against the Belgian government with the EU authorities. The AEA claims that the government broke EU laws by withdrawing sums of money from Belgocontrol, the agency that assures the safety of traffic in Belgian airspace.Full story
  • Antwerp freight down, with recovery far off

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    Freight traffic in the port of Antwerp fell by 19% during the first nine months of the year, and the port’s director-general, Eddy Bruyninckx, sees no recovery in the near future, he said last week.Full story
  • Harrods ahoy

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    Londoners will soon be able to sample the finest food that Flanders can offer in a major presentation organised at Harrods.Full story
  • RIP Vandenbroucke

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    Frank Vandenbroucke, the former cycling champion who died on 12 October in suspicious circumstances in a hotel in Senegal (see Flanders Today, last week), was buried at the weekend in his home town of Ploegsteert. The funeral had been announced by the family as a private affair, but a large crowd turned up on the day and was able to watch proceedings on a giant screen outside the church. The coffin was brought to the church from a nearby café, which is run by VDB’s mother Chantal. Numerous well-known faces from the world of cycling were present for the ceremony. The photo shows VDB’s eldest daughter, Cameron, who spoke during the service. His other daughter, Margaux, as well as his ex-wife Sarah Pinacci, were not present.Full story
  • Assets up, debt down

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    And now the good news: despite the ongoing economic crisis, the assets of the average Belgian are increasing, according to figures from the National Bank. At the end of June, the total assets owned privately amounted to €802.5bn, or about €21bn more than three months previously. That comes to a total, on average, of about €75,000 for every man, woman and child in the country.Full story
  • The doctrine

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    Political scientists talk about politicians all the time, but it rarely works the other way around. There is one political scientist, though, that has Flemish politicians talking: Bart Maddens, the inventor of the so-called Maddens Doctrine, recently published in his book Omfloerst separatism? (Veiled Separatism?)Full story

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