As 2015 came to an end, two cities on opposite sides of the world shut down due to safety concerns: alert levels were raised to their highest, schools and business were closed, and transport was restricted.

People power in Paris

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 12:34 Written by
After spending two intense weeks at the climate negotiations in Paris I return to Brussels with my heart full of hope and inspiration. This is not due to the outcome of the UN summit, but to the people power I witnessed on the streets.

Brussels Lockdown and the Worldwide Focus on Molenbeek

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:33 Written by
Brussels was on lockdown for almost a whole week after the terrible terror attacks in Paris on 13 November.

Europe in War of Ideas

Thursday, 03 December 2015 20:33 Written by
For the past 2 weeks i have attended several meetings in Brussels with representatives of religious communities and philosophy groups to discuss the problem of religious radicalization in European youth. Notwithstanding the opinions and ideas expressed, I felt an atmosphere of solidarity, all united against extremism.
The horrific Paris attacks look set to have an enduring impact on Europe in all sorts of ways, from tougher border controls to better intelligence sharing. But fortunately they are unlikely to do much harm to the economy.
Stakes for Africa at COP21 are high. The continent, more than any other region in the word, will be hardest hit by the negative effects of climate change.

How do we defeat ISIS?

Monday, 23 November 2015 10:57 Written by
The threat ISIS is posing to the free world is not unprecedented. For hundreds of years piracy has undermined international maritime trade, forcing western powers to pay dowry, or tribute, to the pirates and their host states.
The European Union was founded out of the realization that common interests are a recipe for peace, and in that regard it has been hugely successful and rightly received the Nobel Peace Price. With the exception of the wars in former Yugoslavia, the conflict in Georgia and the illegal and…

Beyond the nation

Thursday, 22 October 2015 13:21 Written by
More and more people are developing a neighbourhood or city identity in combination with a cultural identity that goes beyond the borders of a nation. These are the plural identities of the future.
The international rules that are meant to guarantee protection for refugees fleeing persecution and death in their home country were designed for Europeans.