22 March 2017 marks the first anniversary of one of the darkest days in the history of Belgium: the terrorist atrocity on the city’s airport in Zaventem and the Maalbeek metro station in the EU quarters that claimed the lives of 32 innocent people. The twin attacks one year ago…

Companies from the future

Friday, 02 June 2017 13:52 Written by
“Legal firm Baker & Hostetler hired a robot-lawyer to work based on artificial intelligence. The robot Ross, developed by IBM on the basis of a Watson computer will head the bankruptcy department. Another team of American developers created an algorithm that can predict the correct decision of the US Supreme…

An army of its own?

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 09:47 Written by
With Brexit on the horizon and Trump scorning NATO, the EU is now taking the idea of its own defence seriously.
It used to be a staple of Belgian politics that the Dutch-speaking Flemish and the French-speakers in Wallonia and Brussels were at permanent loggerheads.

Populism against populism?

Friday, 03 February 2017 11:26 Written by
In the past two years, we have witnessed the rise of numerous parties all over the world that are identified as far-right populist. AfD in Germany, FN in France and PVV in the Netherlands performed remarkably well in recent elections and polls.

Trump and the EU: Recipe for disaster?

Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:13 Written by
“For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidised the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own…. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America…
Whether it’s Donald Trump or Apple, the issue of taxation has been in the news of late. And the subject has also hit the headlines in Belgium with controversial plans by Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt to reduce corporate tax from nearly 34 to 20 per cent.

Poverty is unfreedom

Sunday, 27 November 2016 15:44 Written by
In 1992 the UN declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We sometimes tend to think that the battle against poverty is one that is fought in far-off countries and that poverty is principally a third world problem.
If you wander through the streets of Brussels, you’ll see people glued to their smartphones – checking email, finding their way with Google Maps, hailing an Uber, chatting on WhatsApp, watching YouTube videos, posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and so much more.

Universal suffrage for Brussels?

Saturday, 12 November 2016 13:58 Written by
Why foreigners need to be given the vote in regional elections and how this can be achieved. Isn’t it about time that universal suffrage was introduced in Brussels? Don’t we already have it? We don’t. Here are the facts. Over a third of the Brussels population is disenfranchised Very roughly,…