The European Parliament adopted this week in Strasbourg a resolution calling for the prohibition of weapons unchecked by significant human control when choosing and attacking targets.
Ryanair rejected Thursday CNE’s “false declarations,” according to which the strike by a “small minority” of its cabin crew on 28 September will cause “chaos” in its network.
Once every six years, Belgium holds municipal elections throughout the country. On 14 October, this will happen again, including in the nineteen communes of the Region of Brussels-Capital. Foreign residents often ask why one needs these nineteen communes. Would it not be better for Brussels to form a single commune?
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:49

SNCF aims to introduce autonomous trains by 2023

The French railway company, SNCF, said on Wednesday that it aimed to introduce entirely autonomous trains on its network by 2023 thanks to a partnership with various stakeholders, including railway builders Alstom and Bombardier.
European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker used English only when speaking about the British withdrawal from the European Union (EU) during his EU State of the Union address on Wednesday.
There were 455 physical attacks last year against staff of Belgium’s national railway company, the SNCB, an increase of 11% from 2016, La Dernière Heure on Wednesday quoted Mobility Minister François Bellot as stating in response to a question in parliament.
The first edition of “Journalisme en devenir” (Aspiring journalism), a festival that aims to highlight the productions of journalism graduates, will take place on 28 and 29 September in Brussels, the event’s organisers announced on Wednesday.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 13:53

Derek Blyth's hidden secrets of Brussels

Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling The 500 Hidden Secrets of Brussels. He picks out ten of his favourite hidden secrets in every issue for The Brussels Times Magazine. These are the picks in the latest September issue.



Founded back in 1888 by Louis Verscheuren, this café used to brew its own beers. It’s a friendly local spot with a mix of older locals, students and young professionals. The cafe has kept its gorgeous interior dating from the 1930s, including the tiled floor, plain wood furniture and old football scoreboard. The perfect place to stop off for a bowl of homemade soup and an authentic local beer.

Parvis de Saint-Gilles 11-13, Saint-Gilles


Café Pastel opened its doors last summer in a space that was until recently occupied by the restaurant Et Qui Va Ramener le Chien? The owners have transformed it into a relaxed Nordic-style café with a terrace furnished with wooden benches and cushions. They have also brought some vitality to the ancient cobbled Rue Rollebeek by organising Aperollebeek afterwork drinks on Thursday evenings and stringing lamps across the street, making it the perfect new hotspot to take your friends from out of town.

Rue Rollebeek, Sablon


deblyis310912onim3Bistrot Bocaux

This is a new spot to eat out in the lively Place de Londres neighbourhood where you can pick up a drink and nibble some tapas. Based on a concept launched in Marseilles, it also serves as a local delicatessen with tall wooden shelves lined with tins to take home. And you might even find a group playing jazz when you drop by in the evening.

Rue de Dublin 36, Ixelles
+32 (0)2 503 32 06,


They started with a coffee shop on Rue du Bailli. Now Belga & Co have opened a new coffee bar in the Place Boniface quarter. Just a few steps from the almost car-free Chaussée d’Ixelles, it’s a relaxed spot to drop in for one of the best coffees in town, made with beans from an Antwerp roastery. You can sit in an interior with high ceilings or perch outside on a round metal stool.

Rue Ernest Solvay 12, Ixelles


Most Art Nouveau tours focus on the extravagant town houses built by Victor Horta, but the city is dotted with more modest houses designed by Ernest Blérot. You find a fabulous cluster of 12 of his creations dating from 1900 in the St Boniface neighbourhood. Take a stroll on a Saturday morning to look at the houses around St Boniface church. You can easily spot the typical Blérot elements including turrets, gables, sgraffito panels and loggias, all in need of some gentle restoration.

Rue Ernest Solvay / Rue St Boniface, Ixelles


deblis310912onim2Maison Renardy

This convivial family-run bakery in the heart of the Matonge has been around since 1912. The neighbourhood is dominated by shops selling hair extensions and companies shipping boxes to Kinshasa, but this feels more like a Parisian café. It’s the perfect address to sit with a book and a coffee at a little round marble-topped table. They also sell delicious home-made chocolates.  

Chaussée de Wavre 111, Ixelles
Tel 02 514 30 17



The plant people at Agave moved location a few months back into a beautiful interior across the street. Here they sell stylish potted plants to help you create your own urban jungle, as well as books, gardening tools and advice on nurturing your plant.

Rue de Dublin 15, Ixelles
+32 (0)486 49 17 70,


The city’s street artists often work in strange places, but it takes some nerve to create a mural in a sewer tunnel. The Brussels artist Parole showed how it is done when he produced a bold work in a long underground tunnel linked to the sewer museum. Titled Collecteur des Traces, the work is composed of words taken from stories told by local sewer workers. Until 6 October.

Pavillons d’Octroi - Porte d’Anderlecht, 1000 Brussels


deblis310912onim6IXELLES CEMETARY

With its avenues, roundabouts and enamel street signs, Ixelles Cemetery feels like a small town. It’s a fascinating place to wander if you are interested in funeral architecture, romantic sculpture or rare wildlife. Buried here are Victor Horta, Constantin Meunier and Ernest Solvay. Look out, too, for the strange gravestone of Surrealist artist Marcel Broodthaers decorated with mysterious symbols including a pipe and a palm tree.

Chaussée de Boondael 478, 1050 Ixelles


deblis310912onim5Home Movie Factory

Having toured 15 cities since it launched in 2008, the amateur film-making project Home Movie Factory arrived last May in the new Kanal art centre. Curated by French film director Michel Gondry, the project allows anyone to create a film on an actual movie set. Professional staff accompany your group during the three-hour session to teach the skills of screenplay writing, lighting and filming. There are several film sets waiting for you to shoot your very own horror movie or romcom, including a vintage video store, a campsite and a bar. It’s free and very friendly. You just need to book a weekend slot.

Quai des Péniches, Central Brussels 

By Derek Blyth
The international campaign for the release of Abdullah Öcalan after 20 years of imprisonment at the Imrali island prison called at a press conference in Brussels on EU to put pressure on Turkey to free him in order to promote the peace process. The campaign has collected 10 million signatures for his release.
The head of the Brussels public transport company, STIB, Brieuc De Meeùs, and Brussels Mobility Minister Pascal Smet on Tuesday presented the first standard-sized electric bus that will be used on the company’s network from 1 October.
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