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Boycot easter eggs

The Belgian press is writing about local news again. Some of the news items are hilarious. They are so typical for the Belgian reality: a clash between rules and cultures.

Ryanair cancelled all its flights starting on the 12th of November 2007 from Brussels South Airport (Charleroi). This is their way to react on the strike of the airport in June. Both parties try to find a solution. In case you want to be sure of a flight, check out Brussels Airlines. Our national airline also offers cheap flights in Europe, starting from 29,99 EUR (taxes included) for one way.

It has been for some months that muslim women, working for the government, are forbidden to wear headscarfs when they are in touch with clients. Now they throw back the stone and demand to forbidden Christmas trees and easter egges. They are a symbol for the Christian religion and should not be shown in public places, just as their headscarfs. The current music festivals do not offer enough attention towards the allochtonous public. So Chokri Mahassine, organisator of music festivals suchs as Pukkelpop and Rimpelrock, wants to start a festival for foreigners in 2009.

The police collects more money than expected from traffic fines. The 100 million EUR is spend on measures to improve road safety, but also on teddy bears for kids involved in an accident or lottery tickets to reward good drivers and. Plenty cash is left and they want to invest in other areas such as crime prevention and community policing. Some people refer to the rule that this money should be used only for road safety and no other purpose. It is crazy that Belgium has money and does not know how to deal with it. This is a perfect example of how rules make life more complicated here. Mainly because most Belgians consider rules as holy and forget to open their mind.

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4 responses

  1. maarten

    Wat ben je toch een simpele ziel. Als er zich mensen zich hier willen vestigen heb ik daar geen enkel probleem mee. Dat ze bruin zijn, ach, bij ons hebben er mensen er een huidkanker er voor over.
    Wel moeten ze eerbied tonen voor onze taal en cultuur en bewijzen, zoals in USA – Canada, .., dat ze willen integreren ( en middelen van bestaan hebben en niet ons leeg leven).
    Hopelijk durf je dit ook publiceren en niet enkel U “idee”.

    August 23, 2007 at 7:50 pm

  2. Evy

    Dear Maarten

    If you read the part About of this blog, you would understand that mainly foreigners doing a temporary internship are reading this blog. When you write in Dutch, they will not be able to understand your comment.

    You do not know me and can not judge about me. I explored many places and meet weekly different cultures. I have different foreigners living in my house for years. As member of AIESEC I am open to every culture and I learned to look at my own in another perspective. Many foreigners told me stories of situations they are very confused about our culture. This blog is a platform to discuss, explain and share experiences.

    Besides the “bad” things I mention here about some Belgians (look at my post, it does not say ALL Belgians), there are plenty of good things too. For example the culture such as comic strips, theater and so on. You can check this out in previous posts.

    August 23, 2007 at 9:14 pm

  3. Karl

    I saw the word “Canada” in the earlier post… I wonder what it meant. 🙂

    August 27, 2007 at 5:13 pm

  4. Evy

    @Karl: I can’t find the word Canada. Could you explain me exactly where you found it?

    September 3, 2007 at 8:13 am

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