Instead, I want to talk about the odd little addition that comes with any visit of a high ranking official to Belgium.
The dreaded security perimeters.
Venturing around the city can start to feel more like an art than science, especially for those with the misfortune of venturing into the Bubble. Getting from point A to point B often requires redirection through C-F, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard people recall stories of how they planned to leave the city only to learn the ring road is partially closed, while the rest is at a standstill.
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President of the United States Joe Biden landed in Belgium on Sunday evening and will stay in Brussels from 13 to 15 June, which will result in the closing off of several districts in the region and the disruption of traffic. Read more.
A year after the Brussels Parliament asked the government to start decolonising the capital’s public spaces, no concrete steps have been taken towards that end, according to MPs Soetkin Hoessen (Green) and Kalvin Soiresse Njall (Ecolo), who led that first initiative. Read more.
Belgium is third from the bottom of the table of nations expressing their level of trust in government, according to a survey by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Read more.