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Belgian musician builds musical bridge across the Bosphorus

Tristan Driessens, at the age of 36, is one of the very few western masters of the oud, the oriental lute. A Belgian born to a family of musicians, Driessens grew up in an artistic environment and was seduced by the oud when he went on a pilgrimage throughout Spain at the age of fifteen.

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My First Audition: Matthias Schoenaerts

(18 Sep 2018) Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts talks about his hatred of auditioning, saying he often feels “emotionally abused” afterwards. (Sept. 18)

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Schoenaerts: ‘There’s something I don’t like’ about cops

(6 Sep 2018) Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and his castmates in police drama “Close Enemies” reveal whether they used to pretend to be cops or robbers when playing as children. (Sept. 6)

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Luxembourg, Belgian, French, Dutch leaders meet for talks on EU

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel welcomes Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and French President Emmanuel Macron to hold talks after a Europe-wide consultation on the future of the European Union. IMAGES

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World Cup: Football fans split at France-Belgium border

Who to support in the first World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium? For some, who live on the border between France and Belgium, it’s not an easy choice. One bar in Quiévrain, on the Belgian side, is preparing to welcome a mix of both neighbours.

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Belgium wary of Mbappe ahead of World Cup semi-final

Belgium say they’re confident heading into the World Cup quarter-finals against France after a victory against Brazil, but say the match won’t be easy, with Belgian midfielder Nacer Chadli comparing French forward Kylian Mbappe to Argentina star Lionel Messi.

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AP Top Stories July 6 P

Here are the top stories for Friday, July 6th: China retaliates against the U.S. in a trade war; Mike Pence defends ICE; Belgian fans celebrate their World Cup win; Hot air balloons take to the Russian sky for an international festival.

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