Is Belgium’s real estate bubble about to burst?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:03 Written by
The Belgian housing market is in a unique position, in that never has housing cost so much, in both real and nominal terms.
December of 2017 in Belgium was one of the darkest and most sunless since records began to be kept.
Are you feeling better off? I hope so – and so do European policymakers.
“The situation is as deplorable as in the Middle Ages: pure slavery and exploitation.”
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.
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.