In this report

Wallonia’s economy is quite diverse. But with a diet of bullets and pills, it is not altogether healthy. While growth has picked up at 1.1% for 2015, high unemployment and even higher taxes continue to dog the region

Wallonia, working hard to reinvent itself

bulk manufacturing

A mixed economy, on a diet of bullets and pills that is not entirely healthy

Wallonia’s leaders under pressure on guns

Exporting guns to the Middle East is one of the most contentious issues in Belgian politics

Business pair give life to Walloon zoo

Pandas and entrepreneurs have become added — and controversial — draws in the region

Wallonia’s ‘kamikaze coalition’ makes progress

Federal government cuts are likely to hit francophones hard

New war museum draws visitors to Bastogne

An €8m military museum project to draw visitors to the region has beaten its targets

Taxi drivers line a road with their vehicles as they take part in a demonstration against the mobile device application taxi booking service "Uber" and the proposed Taxi plans by the Brussels Government in Brussels on March 3, 2015

Uber has a chance if it play by the rules

The priority is to make sure all companies stay within the law

A nation divided by more than two languages

The decline of heavy industry has widened the gap with Flanders

TNT Boeing 737-300

Liège feels the threat of FedEx takeover

Dark clouds may be on the horizon for the TNT Express cargo centre


Blood cell therapy puts Wallonia on biotech map

One business, Celyad, is making a name for itself in a promising area of medicine

Paul Magnette, Charleroi’s mayor

Charleroi aims for an artistic renaissance

Mayor says culture can help to drive economic success


Wallonia seeks to recast its image

A prime location with skilled workers suffers from high employer costs and energy bills

New era saddles Wallonia’s rulers with a dilemma

Francophone socialists are torn by demands of opposition and investors

Beer helps to unify a country divided by regional rivalries

Niche producers still find it easier to export than sell to neighbours

Competition, the Commission and comfort letters

Wallonia’s tax incentives attracting overseas companies – but also regulatory attention

Sweeteners – and abundant water supplies – help draw multinationals

The incentives offered range from 15 to 35 per cent of total investment, including the costs of land, buildings and materials

Site of battle that was Napoleon’s undoing wins a new lease of life

Europe’s first modern tourist attraction undergoes bicentenary overhaul

Biotech innovators play catch up with Flanders

Pioneering therapies are emerging from a hub of research supported by regional government

Geographical position makes Wallonia a prime choice for distribution operations

To keep the money flowing, Liège, the economic capital, offers incentives to global companies

AGC Glass Europe’s relocation shines light on potential for industrial revival

Benefits for manufacturers are sustained by a clear vision for labour reform

Deflation fears recede as corporate investment rises

Demand for consumer loans and mortgages has been rising