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.
This time last year, European Parliament President Martin Schulz wrote to the speaker of the Iranian parliament, expressing grave concern about 26 year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari, who had been sentenced to death for defending herself against sexual assault by a government security official. Mr Schulz asked for a “fair retrial, in line…

The UN's shallow plea for global goals

Friday, 09 October 2015 18:43 Written by
Last month the UN launched its long-awaited new Global Goals plan. Within the course of 15 years, 17 global goals have to be achieved so that the world will be a better place. I am not a pessimist, and I have no special powers to predict the future. But I…

A common asylum policy: an EU illusion?

Friday, 02 October 2015 11:03 Written by
“There is not enough Europe in the Union. And there is not enough Union in this Union”. The words are Jean-Claude Juncker’s, President of the European Commission, in his state of union speech on September 9 to the European Parliament. In hardly any other policy area is this truer than…
Not so long ago, Farid Bamouhammad considered assisted suicide because of the desperation he felt at the prospect of a life behind bars.

You Never Want a Serious Crisis to go to Waste

Friday, 04 September 2015 15:37 Written by
It is often said that the Chinese word for crisis is composed of the characters for “danger” and “opportunity”. In a similar vein, President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel, argued that “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” And in Europe the notion that…
There are many subjects that are difficult to write about, but for me one of the most difficult ones is immigration.
Enlargement used to be one of EU’s key priorities. Not so any longer. EU suffers of enlargement fatigue, with about 40 % of the total population against further enlargement. Currently EU is occupied with more pressing issues such as its own identity, the economic crisis, the Greek crisis and, above…
During my frequent strolls in Brussels I cannot resist to taste Astrid by Neuhaus, Avelanne by Leonidas, dragées Mountain by Callebaut - just to name a few. Of course I am not able to taste all of them as I am in “the chocolate capital of the world”.