N-VA and Vlaams Belang: ‘too many differences’ to work together, says party member

N-VA and Vlaams Belang: ‘too many differences’ to work together, says party member

The former Speaker of the Belgian Chamber, Siegfried Bracke does not see his Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA) party governing with Vlaams Belang. “That’s for the simple reason that there are too many differences between us, just as there are between us and the Socialist Party (PS),” he said in De Zevende Dag. However, N-VA is still right to hold discussions with the extreme right party in Flanders because the sanitary cordon imposed around Vlaams Belang (VB) is a “concept from another era,” added Bracke, who announced his retirement from political life…

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Artwork by Koen Vanmechelen found dumped in skip

Artwork by Koen Vanmechelen found dumped in skip

Parts of a work by artist Koen Vanmechelen, divided up for members of the public and much sought-after not a year ago, have turned up dumped in a rubbish skip in Gullegem in West Flanders. In Ypres last year, Flemish artist Koen Vanmechelen exhibited a work titled Coming World Remember Me, a commemoration of the First World War which ended a century earlier, consisting of a massive clay sphere and 600,000 smaller versions (photo), one for each life lost in the conflict, much of which took place in and around…

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Belgian tax authorities plan to pay special attention to foreign bank account holders

Belgian tax authorities plan to pay special attention to foreign bank account holders

The Belgian tax authorities have announced plans to pay special attention this year to the tax returns of residents who have bank accounts abroad. The measure is one of a set of priorities announced today which involve checking up on matters which taxpayers are supposed to declare voluntarily, whether individuals or businesses. Others include payments received from abroad, payments claimed as alimony or child support, income from properties rented out for professional ends and failing to submit a tax declaration. For businesses, special attention will be paid to sums claimed…

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