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You can't miss these top 5 stories of the day

You can't miss these top 5 stories of the day

1. “Anyone who thinks housing is unaffordable should brace.”

The construction sector has a bleak outlook for the future. And after the disaster year of 2023, the numbers threaten to get even redder this year. The latest economic survey by construction union EmBuild shows that nearly six in ten construction companies are seeing a decline in the number of applications from potential clients. “A push from the government is urgently needed,” says Nico Demeester, CEO of Embild.

Read the interview here.

Portrait of Hans Vandenbroucke

2. Travel from Camp Weiss: “We don't prepare our children for what comes our way: Our safe world can quickly look different.”

Camp Wes He's back, and so is the mysterious soldier Fly. The Special Forces instructor with his soft voice and stern gaze once again chases the exhausted candidates into the dark woods and makes them dive in at the deep end – with extra weight. Aviation, according to broadcaster Tom Weiss, is the most stubborn man on earth, and does not like surprises. The interview is carefully prepared like a military mission. “It is for me Camp Wes There is no game. “Candidates are risking their bodies and mental health.” To attack!

Read the interview here.

Blank portrait of Geert van de Velde

Photo by Geert van de Velde

3. The situation with 2 euro coins is absolutely crazy. Card holders and smartphone cases are to blame

Telling a beggar with an apologetic gesture that you would be happy to give something, but you have no coins, is a lie. “Never before have there been so many coins in circulation as there are now. Never before have there been such a great shortage,” he said, especially in 2-euro pieces.

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A woman uses her smartphone to pay at the supermarket.  Image by Getty Images

A woman uses her smartphone to pay at the supermarket.Image by Getty Images

4. Fake children in politics: “Someone like Conner Russo wouldn't have gotten to this position at this age without family connections.”

Political dynasties in which a son or daughter follows the parliamentary jurisdiction of the father or mother exist everywhere, but especially in Belgium. More than one in ten of our parliamentarians were introduced to politics at an early age, new research has shown. “If it turns out that a well-known last name gives you additional entry points, there's a problem.”

Read more here.

Conner Rousseau, Jean-Jacques de Gucht, and Alexandre De Croo: the new kids in politics.  Image by Damon De Backer/PhotoNews/AFP

Conner Rousseau, Jean-Jacques de Gucht, and Alexandre De Croo: the new kids in politics.Image by Damon De Backer/PhotoNews/AFP

5. 'It is often said that people with debt problems look for it themselves. But this is not true”

No, it's not people with holes in their hands who are racking up pesky debt. The vast majority of them are single-parent individuals and families who struggle to pay daily bills. “On a limited budget, it doesn't take much to turn small arrears into problematic debt.”

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Natasja (41) and her three children have to live on about 200 euros each week.  Photo by Wouter van Vuuren

Natasja (41) and her three children have to live on about 200 euros each week.Photo by Wouter van Vuuren

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