• Luc Everaert

    Country heading for recession

    17 Mar 2009 by
    The Belgian economy will shrink this year by 2.5%, according to forecasts by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which warns that the country is heading for a “deep recession”. The federal budget deficit will go up to 4%, where it will remain until 2014. At the same time, unemployment will grow to almost 10%. Full story
  • Antwerp

    Living it up

    17 Mar 2009 by
    Leuven, Bruges and Hasselt are the best Flemish cities for quality of life, according to a wide-ranging survey of the region published last week. The Stadsmonitor (City Monitor) is a 300-page document analysing the finest details of life in Flanders’ cities, ranging from everything from amateur dramatics to truancy, from bag-snatching to parking policies. Full story
  • How Do You Like My Landscape?

    Let the party begin

    17 Mar 2009 by
    Antwerp city planners appear to have learned their lesson. Due to a lack of public input, their big Oosterweel viaduct plan that would have joined the left bank of the Scheldt with the Antwerp Ring is imploding. In order to avoid unexpected (and highly successful) public protest this time around, the city hired a communications strategy team for its Scheldt Quays project.Full story
  • Tommelein, wat doe je nu?

    17 Mar 2009 by
    When Tom Boonen became cycling world champion in 2005, a sports commentator shouted out: “Tommeke, Tommeke, Tommeke, wat doe je nu?” (Little Tom, what are you doing now?”). It has since become an expression in Flanders. Now, political journalists are asking: “Tommelein, Tommelein, Tommelein, wat du je nu?”Full story
  • News in brief

    17 Mar 2009 by
    Antwerp is the world’s second-best city to live in, along with Brussels, according to a survey carried out by human resources consultancy ECA International. Top of the list was Copenhagen, which also came first last year. All of the cities in the top 20 are European, while Kabul and Baghdad came last.  --Full story
  • YouTube video

    Motorway madness “irresponsible”

    17 Mar 2009 by
    Road safety advocates and federal transport secretary Etienne Schouppe were last week reported to be shocked at two videos, both appearing on YouTube, showing examples of “insane” road behaviour. Full story
  • Sabotage at Sabena

    Army aircraft sabotaged

    17 Mar 2009 by
    Police are investigating the apparent sabotage of two aircraft that were being maintained at Brussels Airport by Sabena Technics, the Zaventem-based company that once formed part of the national airline. One of the aircraft was confirmed as a military C-130 transport plane, while the other belonged to Brussels Airlines. Full story
  • Antwerp Waterfront

    The quay to the future

    17 Mar 2009 by
    “I think it’s important to foster the unique aspects of what we have today on the Scheldekaaien,” says Philippe Teughels. “Take a walk alongside the river, feel the wind, step out of hectic city life. That’s more important than development.” Full story
  • The age crunch

    The age crunch

    10 Mar 2009 by
    Flanders’ modern demographics are a ticking time bomb. We’ve know that for awhile now. Populations are dwindling as young couples become increasingly disinterested in having large families, and not having children at all is becoming more common. Full story
  • Boma has got himself a girlfriend

    Face of Flanders

    10 Mar 2009 by
    In the past couple of weeks, a bombshell has been dropped on Flemish television – something that’s been talked about for nearly two decades, but which nobody ever seriously believed would come to pass: Balthasar Boma has got himself a girlfriend. Full story