Becoming Belgian

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:48 Written by
I became Belgian last month. By accident.
Belgium may not have an elected federal government at the moment, but you would be forgiven for not knowing that. The country appears to be ticking along just fine.

Is Europe headed for another recession?

Monday, 11 February 2019 12:13 Written by
Is the eurozone heading for recession? How will policymakers react if the slowdown does get worse? And what damage could an economic downturn do to Europe’s already fractious politics? Those pressing questions ought to be at the top of policymakers’ minds in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in…
Are we living in an age of cynicism? Surely it must be too cynical a statement to answer that question affirmatively. Yet scrolling through one’s feed on social media, one cannot help but wonder: maybe we are.

Russia ignores EU pressure as Ukrainian election looms

Thursday, 07 February 2019 17:01 Written by
More than two months after Russia detained 24 Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait, the European Union has redoubled its pressure on Moscow for their release.
More numerous than the so-called yellow vests, Belgium's climate protests have drawn thousands. And Belgian schoolkids striking for the planet have even made world news. But is there real change?
Natural gas is set to remain an “important component” of Europe’s energy mix for decades to come if the EU commissioner for climate action and energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, has anything to say about it.
Last week, Lithuanian border police underscored the enormous problem Europe faces with smuggled cigarettes.

Don’t shoot me, I’m only the driver

Monday, 21 January 2019 15:12 Written by
I always enjoy looking for and finding similarities between my two homelands: the USA and Belgium.
The success in blocking French plans for a separate Eurozone budget during 3 December’s Eurogroup demonstrates the victory of smaller states that form the so-called Hanseatic League.