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,…

Big Brother in Brussels

Monday, 07 November 2016 20:17 Written by
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) has become a booming business in Brussels.
Utopia is now getting renewed attention – in the city of Leuven in Belgium and far beyond.


Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:34 Written by
The rejection of the CETA trade deal with Canada and the cancellation of the EU-Canada summit have sent a terrible shockwave through EU institutions and beyond. They are paying the price of ignoring the complex Belgian political reality.
A recent resolution by a monitoring committee from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe stipulates that the fight against corruption in Ukraine is “too slow and specific results – too limited”. Prior, the European community was shocked of the enormous wealth that civil servants amass from this Eastern…

Could any good come out of the Brexit vote?

Sunday, 11 September 2016 18:30 Written by
Coupling the end of the travelling circus and the emergence of a continental Oxford Will Brexit turn out to be, all things considered, a good thing? I very much doubt it. Essentially because what it amounts to is that a big chunk of the European population is opting out, for…

Role Models in Rio and elsewhere

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 11:01 Written by
I am as interested in sports as fish are in gardening. However, it is difficult to maintain an attitude of blissful indifference to the Olympics.
When Hitler invaded Poland in September 1939, Britain and France immediately declared war on Germany. But for eight months afterwards, there was no significant fighting on the Western Front. During this Phoney War, everyone knew conflict was coming, but it hadn’t properly started yet.