You Never Want a Serious Crisis to go to Waste

Friday, 04 September 2015 15:37 Written by
It is often said that the Chinese word for crisis is composed of the characters for “danger” and “opportunity”. In a similar vein, President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel, argued that “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” And in Europe the notion that…
There are many subjects that are difficult to write about, but for me one of the most difficult ones is immigration.
Enlargement used to be one of EU’s key priorities. Not so any longer. EU suffers of enlargement fatigue, with about 40 % of the total population against further enlargement. Currently EU is occupied with more pressing issues such as its own identity, the economic crisis, the Greek crisis and, above…
During my frequent strolls in Brussels I cannot resist to taste Astrid by Neuhaus, Avelanne by Leonidas, dragées Mountain by Callebaut - just to name a few. Of course I am not able to taste all of them as I am in “the chocolate capital of the world”.
CAIRO — Four years after Egyptians ousted longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak, many people, especially in Europe, have lost hope in the country. Its elected president, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, was swept from power — and his death sentence was recently confirmed. Headed by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the armed…
Almost exactly two years ago, the EU adopted a law that required European oil, gas, mining and logging companies to publish the payments they make to governments in countries where they extract natural resources. The idea was to empower citizens in poor countries with the information needed to hold their…
The arguments for investing more public funds into the upbringing of very young children are overwhelming. Intervening during the early years, in particular in the case when children come from a disadvantaged background, can prevent a lot of social misery later on in a child’s life. Then problems can only…

Single mothers in Brussels

Friday, 12 June 2015 12:49 Written by
The high amount of single mothers living in poverty is one of the main problems Brussels is currently facing. It is time for policy makers, civil society and inhabitants of Brussels to take action and no longer accept the miserable situation in which these women are living.
This month British, American and many Commonwealth countries celebrate the Magna Carta of 15 June 1215.