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Belgium, Belgicae and the fertile floodland

Herman Van Rompuy (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Frank Jacobs wrote that unassuming like most of his countrymen Herman Van Rompuy had quietly been preparing the Belgianisation of Europe ever since his appointment to the presidency of the European Council in 2009. … Continue reading

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Cities essential part of Europe’s future

Cities are an essential part of Europe’s history. José Manuel Barroso looks at some 200 cities from Bruges to Tallinn which have made Europeans what they are in terms of trade, art and society. From 20th century Paris and Lisbon … Continue reading

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Bruges’ Historium

For Belgium the average day tripper to the cities of Flanders spends €68 per person, mainly on shopping and eating out. Longer-stay tourists spend €142 per person a day on food, accommodation and shopping. The figures come from a new … Continue reading

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Gaasbeek Castle’s Sleeping nude Beauties

When director Luc Vanackere took over Gaasbeek Castle in 2003 with its 40 hectares of grounds about 10 kilometres west of Brussels,  he felt that as a museum, Gaasbeek was rather static – a place “you visited once and were not … Continue reading

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