An expensive present for the airport and the EU Both Brussels Airport and Brussels’ underground public transport system have been badly hit by the recent terrorist attacks and by the authorities’ (over)reaction to them. Both stopped their activities completely for a while and resumed them only gradually. One of the…

Sisyphus and my European soul

Friday, 01 July 2016 18:20 Written by
As the academic year draws to an end, so does my life in the US. I have spent three years on this side of the ocean, equally challenging and rewarding years. Though I will be leaving the country in a few weeks’ time, I know the country will not leave…

Investing in the youth of Brussels

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:56 Written by
The power of self-worth "Sir, what’s your origin?” is without a doubt the most common question I get from students in schools in Brussels. First I let them guess. Unlike adults, 8 out of 10 have correctly guessed my origin after three attempts. With adults, it is barely 1 out…

How the refugees can boost EU’s economy

Thursday, 02 June 2016 17:05 Written by
Over the past year, Europe has been struggling to cope with refugee arrivals, squabbling over how to share them out and striving to stop more coming.
Last week’s strikes in Brussels were live-streamed on Norwegian news websites. My parents were able to see what I have already seen many times in my four years in Brussels.
Mothers and fathers in Europe are struggling to combine work and family, in some countries more than others. One reason is fathers’ still-low involvement in childcare, which is in part the result of parental leave arrangements that are both limited for men and infrequently taken up by them. Recent research…
The scandalous tender for a dredging contract in 'Yuzhny' sea port in Ukraine has ended up being cancelled because of the non-transparency and corruption involved of the officials handling it.
We the people of the capital of Europe I grew up in Old Molenbeek, the Brussels neighbourhood now perceived across the world as a hotbed of terrorism. I live very close to Maalbeek metro station, where the bloodiest terrorist attack in Belgium’s history was perpetrated on March 22nd. Needless to…

Dealing with a new sense of insecurity

Friday, 01 April 2016 14:29 Written by
People who work in and around the EU institutions tend to operate in a Brussels bubble, insulated from the insecurity elsewhere in Europe. But on 22 March, the Brussels bubble burst.

Where Has Individual Responsibility Gone?

Monday, 28 March 2016 18:03 Written by
The blank screen in front of me begs me to come up with words I cannot think of. Words are often inadequate to describe reality, let alone to understand it.