Headlines 31 May 2013

Award Winning Belgian Film Gets US Release

Tribeca Film has acquired all US rights to Belgian blockbuster The Broken Circle Breakdown. At the Tribeca Film Festival, the writers Felix van Groeningen and Carl Joos won Best Screenplay for a Narrative Film and lead actress Veerle Baetens won Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film.


Didier Reynders Calls For Decision On Romania

Belgium’s foreign minister wants to see a decision on Romania’s Schengen accesion to be adopted by the end of 2013. The decision to extend Schengen requires a unanimous vote by all 27 EU governments, however there are still a number of countries that oppose the step.


Chip Shop Forced To Change Name

The owner of the ‘Frituur Grand Palace’ chip shop in West Flanders has been forced to change the name of his shop to ‘Frituur Grote Markt,’ to make it sound more Flemish. The city’s alderman for Economy states that “French names have no place in the city of the Golden Spurs.”


Netherlands And Chelsea Football Striker Appointed Manager

Former striker for Chelsea and the Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been appointed as the new manager for Royal Antwerp. Hasselbaink was appointed with the intention to take the team back up to the top flight.


Belgium Drops In Competitive Ranks

Belgium currently sits in 26th place in the annual ranking of competitive position amongst countries. The list is compiled by Swiss business school IMD. Belgiums downfall was in the categories of attracting international investments. employment, finances and fiscal policy.


Montgomery Tunnel Now Reopened

After taking significant damage from two trucks in a collision on Tuesday, the Montgomery tunnel is now reopened to the Belgian public. Cables had to be replaced over a 450 metre long stretch of tunnel, but luckily the tunnel was reopened in time for yesterday’s rush hour.


EU Takes Legal Action Against Spain

The European Commission is taking legal action against Spain for some hospital’s refusal to accept holidaymaker’s European Health Insurance Card following treatment.

President Sent Letter after NY Mayor Incident

In a similar fashion to the letter sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week, President Barack Obama was sent a threatening letter traced with ricin, a deadly poison. The letters are in relation to the current debate on gun control, which has heated up since the Sandy Hook tragedy in December.


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