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Live like a local: Brussels

Irish Times - ‎May 27, 2016‎
Book dinner at Belga Queen, a restaurant housed in the cavernous surroundings of an old bank in central Brussels. For post-dinner drinks, head to l'Archiduc, a Brussels institution which regularly hosts jazz. Finish off the evening with a late cocktail ...
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Headache for Brussels as Slovakian leader declares 'no place' for Islam - ‎May 27, 2016‎
Islam has “no place” in Slovakia, the country's prime minister has declared, weeks before he is due to take over the rotating presidency of the EU.

MPs warn voters being 'conned' as Brussels keeps plans for EU army secret until after referendum - ‎May 27, 2016‎
British voters are being “conned” by Brussels officials who are keeping plans for a European army secret until after the referendum, leading Tories have claimed.

Ireland awaits Apple ruling as Brussels tightens tax screw

Irish Times - ‎May 26, 2016‎
At 5am last Tuesday, dozens of police and financial prosecutors swooped on Google's headquarters in Paris, stepping up a long tax inquiry into the internet titan by the national authorities in France.

Open day: visit the European Parliament in Brussels on Saturday

European Parliament (press release) - ‎May 27, 2016‎
Always have been curious about the European Parliament? This Saturday you have the chance to visit it during the open day of the European institutions in Brussels. You have the opportunity to take part in competitions, debates and cultural activities ...
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Brussels on TV

Wall Street Journal - ‎May 26, 2016‎
Brussels this week released its latest plans for creating a single online marketplace in Europe and, well, ugh. At issue is how Europe should regulate innovative new video-streaming services on the Internet.
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Brussels casts Boris Johnson in populist 'horror scenario'

Financial Times - ‎May 26, 2016‎
“Boris Johnson spent part of his life in Brussels,” said Mr Juncker, the former prime minister of Luxembourg. “It's time for him to come back to Brussels in order to check if everything he is telling the British people is in line with reality.” The ...

Nama funding for homes not illegal, State tells Brussels

Irish Times - ‎May 25, 2016‎
The Government has told Brussels officials that Nama's plan to fund the construction of 20,000 starter homes in a bid to help tackle the housing crisis does not breach EU rules on state aid.

Brussels briefing: Purdah and Plan B (blog) - ‎May 26, 2016‎
In practice in Brussels the pre-referendum asceticism means British diplomats must doggedly stick to their pre-agreed positions, show no flexibility or original thinking and avoid socialising with foreigners.
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Belgium police break up suspected terror cell 'plotting attacks in Brussels' - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Three of the cell were released, one on an electronic bracelet and two under "strict" bail conditions. The raids were unconnected with the suicide bomb attacks of March 22 in Brussels in which 32 people were killed, the prosecutor said. Europe's fight ...

New Brussels fire station inches forward

Green Bay Press Gazette - ‎13 hours ago‎
The six-member panel that oversees the Brussels-Union-Gardner (BUG) Fire Department Wednesday night gave Keller Structures of Kaukauna the go-ahead to develop a detailed design for a new fire station in Brussels. The firm was also tasked with ...
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Brussels struggles with its Poland problem - ‎May 25, 2016‎
The European Commission is trying to dial down tensions with Warsaw over whether Poland shares the EU's democratic principles, but there is growing doubt in Brussels that a way out of the stalemate can be found. Few believe the Commission's current ...

A Brexit myth of Brussels (mis)rule

Financial Times - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Britain is (mis)ruled by Brussels. European federalists have demoted the Westminster parliament to the status of a parish council.

Brussels police chief injured during strike - ‎May 24, 2016‎
The chief of Brussels police was injured Tuesday as officers clashed with striking public sector workers, according to Belgian media.
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Brussels police chief Vandersmissen attacked by rioter

BBC News - ‎May 25, 2016‎
A Brussels chief of police has spent the night in hospital with concussion after a demonstrator punched him in the head during clashes in the centre of the Belgian capital.

Is Art Basel Parent Company MCH Buying Art Brussels?

artnet News - ‎May 26, 2016‎
artnet News has received information from two anonymous sources stating that representatives of MCH met with representatives of Art Brussels in late April to discuss a possible purchase. A third well-placed artnet source suggested yesterday the sale ...
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Brussels takes slow road to tech future - ‎May 25, 2016‎
The Commission made another push on Wednesday to bring the EU into the digital future, but its proposals showed how constrained Brussels is by the same old politics. The latest iteration of the Commission's digital single market strategy (or DSM ...

EU denies MP's claims it has 'dropped' Osborne's agreement to exempt UK from tampon tax - ‎May 26, 2016‎
Brussels' PR machine went into overdrive after fears emerged that bureaucrats were attempting to quietly drop a commitment to end taxation on sanitary products, which would have been a huge embarrassment to the Chancellor.
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Brussels set to scrap rules that limit commercials to 12 minutes an hour

Daily Mail - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Television viewers may have to sit through even more adverts after Brussels said it would scrap rules limiting the length of breaks in shows.