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.

A make or break decade for Europe?

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 18:16 Written by
Officials in Brussels have long looked forward to the United States’ decline. In a multipolar world with several great powers instead of a single superpower, Europe would escape from America’s shadow, they fantasised, and become a bigger global player again.

Roaring Verhofstadt vs smiling Tsipras

Thursday, 09 July 2015 14:07 Written by
The Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, spoke to the European Parliament yesterday on the situation in his country. The Head of the liberal group in the  European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt  apparently slept well last night as he rallied energetically against Tsipras. The mainstream media enjoyed his 'roaring' performance and…

Greek drama: Is there a light in the tunnel?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:27 Written by
Monday the 22nd June was a day when Greece and its creditors oscillated between despair and hope. As the double deadline on 30 June of a debt payment and the extension of the bailout program is quickly approaching, time is running out for reaching a deal. The meetings on Monday…