We the people of the capital of Europe I grew up in Old Molenbeek, the Brussels neighbourhood now perceived across the world as a hotbed of terrorism. I live very close to Maalbeek metro station, where the bloodiest terrorist attack in Belgium’s history was perpetrated on March 22nd. Needless to…

Dealing with a new sense of insecurity

Friday, 01 April 2016 14:29 Written by
People who work in and around the EU institutions tend to operate in a Brussels bubble, insulated from the insecurity elsewhere in Europe. But on 22 March, the Brussels bubble burst.

Where Has Individual Responsibility Gone?

Monday, 28 March 2016 18:03 Written by
The blank screen in front of me begs me to come up with words I cannot think of. Words are often inadequate to describe reality, let alone to understand it.
The Kingdom of Belgium, you must have read somewhere, is a federal state that consist of two big monolingual regions and a tiny bilingual one. Is that so? Not quite.
The 20th of February will mark two years since the start of military intervention and temporary occupation of the Ukrainian Autonomic Republic of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

Keep calm, democracy is in danger

Thursday, 04 February 2016 19:57 Written by
We have seen it before in other countries - democratic elections resulting in a new government with an absolute or slim majority in the parliament.

Brexit – Place Your Bets Now

Thursday, 04 February 2016 19:17 Written by
Britain has never been an enthusiastic member of the European Union – and soon it could be the first to leave. With a referendum expected as early as June, the In and Out camps are neck and neck in the polls.
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.