Leuven has quite a few good schools - we'll probably be sending our boy to the Hellige Hart (most of the schools in Leuven are catholic) - but he's got a few years to go yet - so we'll investigate further, later.
Thinking about it they also made the mistake in the 2nd year too i.e I started work in May 2003 so I worked 7 months in 2003 - so in 2004 they tried to give me 7/12 of a year's holiday - but I complained and they had no issue giving me the full amount.
I think it helped though that I worked for the same company in England in 2002/3 (I moved to a Belgian contract though).
-What do you know of the current political situation?
Vague awareness of the issues without really knowing the details, views coloured no doubt by the fact that I live in Flanders with a Flemish partner. So - Frenchies want to be subsidised at the expense of Flanders (in the name of Belgian unity), Flemish want more seperatism. Frenchies can't be arsed to learn Dutch. Brussel Halle-Vilvoorde confuses me. But apparently it is against the law for Halle Vilvoorde to remain part of Brussels but the Frenchies are unhappy to follow the law and demanding language rights concessions from the Flemish before they agree to follow the law.
-What is your opinion about this?
Its all tedious. The whole system is madness - the whole system is built around reaching agreement - the end result will be nobody happy with the outcome. Flanders should hold a referendum on independence and vote to get rid of the dead wood (Wallonia). It seems Wallonia has a veto over the democratic choice of Flanders.
-What do you think will happen in the future to Belgium?
Not much - Probably 20 Years of growing resentment between the regions. Seperation finally - maybe.
Could you also add your name, age, nationality and function?
ventho, 33, British, I work for a pharmaceutical company.