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.
Over the past few weeks, the view that the EU has to make the British suffer during the Brexit negotiations has been voiced many times.
The United Kingdom has voted to leave the EU but what about the fate of British expats in Europe and EU citizens in UK. What will happen to them? What are the current plans for them?
Brussels likes to boast that it is Europe’s capital. It has all the trappings of a prosperous, vibrant and comfortable city, with its grand Gothic squares, its cosy brasseries and its lush parks.

To stun or not to stun

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:52 Written by
Just as you get ready for the barbecue season, Belgium has worked out new rules banning the slaughter of unstunned animals, not sparing traditional rites for Muslim Halal and Jewish Kosher meat.

The Rise, Fall and Comeback of the Euro

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:34 Written by
Suddenly, there is hope again. Fears that Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front might become president of France and wreck the EU were not realised this time. French voters have instead chosen a young, dynamic, enthusiastically pro-European president who wants to reform his country and revitalise the struggling…
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.