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#De Haan, a celebrity haunt

#De Haan, a celebrity haunt

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s attracted no end of “celebrities” ranging from Marvin Gaye to Einstein – and is also pioneering wind energy for Belgium. The area in question is the Belgian coast which has undergone something of a renaissance of late with healthy visitor figures, both from home and abroad. One example of this was that on one […]

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#Red Army Choir to appear at annual Belgian musical show

#Red Army Choir to appear at annual Belgian musical show

| August 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Among the acts taking part in the latest edition of Nuit des Choeurs, an annual musical show, are Le Meilleur Du Choeur de L’Armee Rouge, better known as the Red Army Choir. Its members were among those killed on a Russian plane that crashed in mysterious circumstances in December. Some 64 members of the Choir, including singers, dancers and musicians, were among […]

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#Qatar: EU urged to take a ‘leadership role’ in helping to defuse current Gulf crisis

#Qatar: EU urged to take a ‘leadership role’ in helping to defuse current Gulf crisis

| July 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates have severed diplomatic ties and cut all land, sea, and air routes with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, writes Martin Banks. Despite a frantic round  of shuttle diplomacy, led by the United States and Kuwait, there appears […]

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#BrusselsInView: Getting spiritual in the Ardennes

#BrusselsInView: Getting spiritual in the Ardennes

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Martin Banks explains how chilling-out is easy in one of the most spectacular parts of Belgium. In light of recent events, you could be forgiven for thinking the world had gone slightly mad. If, like many, need a reminder of humanity’s better side, there’s no better place than the Belgian Ardennes, which is home to […]

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British expats in a post-#Brexit EU: What now?

British expats in a post-#Brexit EU: What now?

| June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The UK has voted to leave the EU and Brexit talks have begun. But what about the fate of British expats in Europe. What will happen to them? What are the current plans for them, asks Martin Banks? Those among the estimated 1.8 million expat Britons who have lived on mainland Europe for 15 years […]

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#BrusselsInview: #BanksysBites

#BrusselsInview: #BanksysBites

| June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Martin Banks chows down at a couple of restaurants in Brussels. Tenshi 1134 Chaussee de Waterloo, Uccle Japanese cuisine has, in recent years, become rather fashionable and, in Brussels, there’s probably no better exponent of the art than this pleasant restaurant. Located close to the popular Foret des Soignes, it is part of a mini-chain, […]

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Concerns are emerging in Brussels and Washington about attempts to block #Albania justice system reforms

Concerns are emerging in Brussels and Washington about attempts to block #Albania justice system reforms

| June 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Amid a growing chorus of dissent within Albania’s opposition Democratic Party, concerns are emerging in Brussels and Washington about attempts to block the nation’s justice system reforms, writes Martinn Banks. The reforms, aimed at ridding the courts of corrupt and incompetent judges and prosecutors, is a key prerequisite before EU accession negotiations can begin but was being […]

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