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.
After the victory of the “Revolution of Dignity” in Ukraine, the Ukranian business community and its entrepreneurs expected the state to decrease regulations. However instead of improving the investment climate, a wave of hostile takeover have spread over the past two years across the country. Most of them also involving…
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.