As winter slowly approaches it seems the right time to reflect on the role of literature in our lives.

How economics explains Belgium’s rifts

Friday, 17 November 2017 10:47 Written by
The perpetual tensions pulling at Belgium can be hard to explain to outsiders, but one way do so is by looking at the factor behind so many clashes in history: money.
Membership of the European Union is meant to blur national borders, yet it also seems to stimulate the desire to create new ones.
Twenty-six years ago on December 16, Kazakhstan became an independent nation after seven decades as an “autonomous republic” in the Soviet Union.
Iraqi Kurdistan and Catalonia held referendums on independence one after the other, the first one on 25 September and the second one on 1 October, but without any connection between them.

The Significance of Silence

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:50 Written by
Plastic in the oceans. Particulates in the air. Radioactive contamination. These are just a few of the things people are likely to think of when asked to give an example of pollution. There is however a form of pollution we often tend to forget about, even though it affects our…
Last year I was invited to speak at an event in Amsterdam on the state of the city. The organisers asked me to talk about how globalisation and immigration were affecting European cities and draw lessons for Amsterdam from London’s experience.

The threat that refuses to go away

Friday, 01 September 2017 15:44 Written by
Early in August, there was a scene of shocking familiarity in the centre of Brussels.
The Festival Des Libertés kicked off Friday October, 20th with a sold out performance by the acclaimed Bosnian musician and two time Palme d’Or winner Emir Kusturica.

Ukrainian football: The case of Surkis

Friday, 15 September 2017 17:58 Written by
A new scandal erupts in UEFA. It became known that the Ukrainian channel “2+2” owed 1.6 million euros for the broadcasting of European games.