Heads of state and government have met in Brussels on 19 and 20 December for a European Council summit. Security and defence as well as the economic and monetary union were the main topics on the agenda. Find our sum-up of all developments at the summit in the feed below.
A new survey of the lives of more than 9,000 EU expatriates in Brussels paints a picture of an estranged community, largely secluded from local residents in a city they consider dirty and unsafe, but somehow pleasant to live in.
MEPs are urging EU ministers to prepare a roadmap for ending the European Parliament's costly shuttle between its seats in Brussels and Strasbourg, in a resolution on the 2013 budget adopted Tuesday (23 October).
Flights over Brussels should be more severely restricted in order to protect inhabitants from excess noise levels, says Véronique de Potter from local campaign group Bruxelles Air Libre. But she says the Flemish region, where the airport is situated, "will almost go to war" if flight routes are diverted from the Belgian capital to fly over Flemish territory.
SPECIAL REPORT / A long-standing debate in Belgium over the Zaventem national airport has been reignited by EU proposals to vet national decisions over airport noise restrictions. A local NGO told EurActiv the proposed rules would almost trigger "war" with Flanders if implemented.
One aspect of the current EU financial crisis has been the proliferation of EU actors within the Brussels circle and the exclusion of national-level actors, something that can endanger the idea of European integration in the future, warns Bernd Hüttemann of European Movement Germany.
Around 50 thousand trade union members marched across Brussels on Friday to protest against austerity measures. In response to the current financial crisis, the newly formed Belgian government agreed last week to cut public spending by 11 billion euros and to liberalise labour regulations. The new budget for 2012 has been described by trade unions as "unbalanced" and "unfair".
Negotiators from the eight political parties involved in coalition talks have reached an agreement over the weekend to overhaul the Belgian state, lifting a major stumbling bloc on the way to forming a new government.
A major obstacle in 500-day talks on forming a government in Belgium was cleared late yesterday evening (14 September) when negotiators announced a breakthrough over the controversial issue of splitting the Brussels-Hal-Vilvoorde electoral district.
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the capital of the European Union, both of which are going through severe crises . Foreign EU c itizens r epresent a fifth of Brussels' population and an increasingly large segment of its economy. Yet they are almost absent from its political life. Can th is multicultural city be a model of coexistence and integration, asks Alain Deneef , founder of the think-tank Aula Magna .
A new Brussels-based tax- and debt-raising authority – based on a Commission DG, with strong EU Council and Parliament supervision – is likely to emerge from the financial crisis, a key UK economics guru has told EurActiv.
On the country's national day, Belgium could end a 400-day long stalemate on forming a new government as the Flemish conservative party agreed to enter coalition talks, but this time without the winner of last year's elections, the separatist party N-VA.
As Brussels gains clout in world governance, salaries in public affairs and communication mirror the professionalisation of the sector, but are far from matching levels in other lobbying capitals like Washington and London, according to the first ever Brussels remuneration report, to be published today (17 September).
The EU opened talks on an association agreement with Georgia yesterday (15 July) in a move that will boost the former Soviet republic's hopes of forging closer ties with the West. The agreement, however, does not promise future EU accession.
"Brussels has become the de facto capital of the European Union without any real decision being made," new research published yesterday (18 May) argues, going on to suggest that leaders are "extremely unlikely" to ever attempt to move the EU institutions elsewhere.