Follow @marcoRecorder “Expats who work for EU institutions in Brussels have few Belgian friends, think the city is “dirty” and plan to go home when their job ends.” This is what an article on the EUObserver (by Andrew Rettman) says .This is one of the most recurring comments by expats living in Brussels. “This city …

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Follow @marcoRecorder A study by the Brussels-Europe Liaison Office shows that 60% of expats living in Brussels are sorry that they know so little of the Belgian capital. People who work for international institutions almost all live and hang out in the same districts (Schumann area, Place du Luxembourg etc…) TV Brussel looks into this …

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Follow @marcoRecorder In a couple of posts already I have bashed Belgium’s appalling services and the notorious mobility problems that afflict the city by interviewing the famous @STIB_fail Twitter account. In an effort to investigate on people’s reaction about the poor Belgian service culture, I talked to another Twitter account’s manager who collects all these …

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Follow @marcoRecorder When analyzing the social media sphere in Belgium I always find it hard to differentiate the Eurobubble from the “real” Belgian environment. Belgium has a very active and engaged online population, with users from many segments of society. In addition to politicians and journalists, many entrepreneurs, consultants and professors active on social media.

Follow @marcoRecorder “Brussels is the most congested city in the world” says a recent report from Forbes. Even though Forbes’ analysis only actually considers Europe and North America, thinking that the capital of the European Union doesn’t offer adequate solutions for the life of drivers is pretty disappointing. Cities that have to deal with congestion …

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Follow @marcoRecorder Belgium’s service culture is disgraceful. This is not an assumption, it’s a fact. Especially in the horeca business, staff is almost always rude, sloppy or unwilling to help. As a friend of mine well says : When you ask for food in a Belgian restaurant, waiters and cooks act like they are doing …

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Bart De Wever, il leader del partito separatista fiammingo NV-A (Nuova Alleanza Fiamminga) è stato eletto nuovo sindaco di Anversa, la città a nord del Belgio ospitante il secondo porto più grande d’Europa, ed ha annunciato che cercherà di ottenere una maggiore autonomia per la ricca regione delle Fiandre. La NV-A ha fatto registrare vittorie …

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