After the Brussels attacks last year, it became commonplace to blame the bombings on systemic failures within Belgium, including what some claimed was a culture of corruption.

Obsessed with happiness

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 16:12 Written by
Watching nature documentaries makes people happy. Norway is the happiest country in the world. Ghent University sets up a special programme to study health and happiness. Spring starts: get ready for the happy home challenge. Being vegan is the key to being happy.

Why Europe’s refugee crisis may come back

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:06 Written by
It was two years ago in 2015 that Europe first felt the twitches of a refugee crisis caused by the civil war in Syria.
Do you need to get from Brussels to Paris on Saturday?
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…

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.