About: Brussels

Promoted content
Politics 20-04-2017

A Brussels-Europe weekend? Two parties for the price of one

6 & 7 May will be a genuine Brussels-Europe Weekend, with two simultaneous events: the Open Day of the European Union (6 May) and the Brussels Iris Festival (6 & 7 May).
Social justice 08-03-2017

Brussels, where are all the women experts?

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, women are still noticeably lacking from expert panels. One project, The Brussels Binder, seeks to level the playing field, writes Virginia Marantidou.
Global Europe 23-01-2017

How the arms industry is staging a European coup

The EU is increasingly taking a pro-military stance, as the arms lobby exercises more influence. The election of Antoni Tajani last week as European Parliament president means the arms industry's influence will grow further in the coming years, warns Bram Vranken.
Development Policy 18-01-2017

Fight Inequality Alliance comes to ‘corporate’ Brussels

Brussels is not a hotbed of popular mobilisation. Few rights struggles start here, but it is one of the biggest power centres in the world and it is one of the main chapters in the book on inequality, write Laura Sullivan and Jenny Ricks.
Future EU 15-09-2016

The EU lacks creativity: We need a new vision of it

In 2002, then-President of the European Commission Romano Prodi predicted that the EU would become a “real global player”, capturing an era when the EU was determined to achieve “sustainable stability and security” within the EU. Igor Merheim-Eyre wonders where these aspirations went.
Brexit 27-06-2016

Brexit has exposed Juncker’s democratic unaccountability

The fallout from Brexit would have claimed the scalp of any other politician, but Jean-Claude Juncker appears to be bullet-proof. Never has his unaccountability to the people been so obvious, writes James Crisp.
Brexit 17-06-2016

The UK may leave, but English will remain

Britain has a history of leaving legacies. The most significant one it may leave on the EU in the event of Brexit may turn out to be the English language, writes Colin Mackay.
Security 30-03-2016

The challenges of the Brussels bombings

Last week's attacks on Brussels exacerbate already existing tensions over freedom of movement and deepening integration. Thanos Dimadis contends that we should think twice before giving into our fears.
Security 25-03-2016

Europe’s shattered peace, Europe’s struggling values

The Brussels attacks have changed Europe’s perception about itself. What makes the events of this week different is that there is now an acceptance by EU leaders that these attacks will continue, writes Judy Dempsey.
Global Europe 19-01-2016

The Balkanisation of Europe

As foreign policy experts list their problems for 2016, the Balkans never gets a mention. That’s strange, as the region is the microcosm of all the differing conflicts in Europe, and even further afield, Denis MacShane writes.
Climate change 07-12-2015

A heady climate for Brussels’ revolving door policy

As negotiations at the climate talks in Paris move into their second week, the revolving door in Brussels continues to spin energetically, writes Vicky Cann.

The refugee crisis in Brussels is deteriorating rapidly

Citizens engaged in helping hundreds of refugees arriving in Brussels are overwhelmed. The Belgian government should take greater responsibility for the humanitarian crisis, write Elke Zander and Anja Werner. 
Global Europe 16-10-2015

EU doesn’t need a CIA – but better intelligence would help

Björn Fägersten asks: could better intelligence-sharing boost European foreign and security policy? 
Transport 30-03-2015

From world leader to decline: The Belgian railway policy is derailing

This is a story for all those that need public transport to reach their workplace (and home, afterwards) in Brussels, and regularly get frustrated because of delays and strikes, write Michael Cramer, Bart Staes, and Philippe Lamberts.
Margrethe Vestager at the Parliament hearing [European Parliament / Flickr]

Vestager needs to blaze a new trail in public communication

As the new Competition Commissioner settles into the role, she should take the opportunity of her arrival to clarify how the EU executive communicates on competition cases, write Alec Burnside and Anne MacGregor, since the issue has landed her predecessor in hot water.
Brexit 12-09-2014

The UK bagged a great Commission portfolio, now it must deliver

Jonathan Hill’s appointment to an influential portfolio provides an opportunity for the UK to work for the British people who see reform and change in the EU, not defeat and exit, as the real prize, writes Peter Wilding.
Trade & Society 16-07-2014

Backroom talks on dangerous TTIP agreement must end

German MEP Helmut Scholz explains why the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament is calling for an immediate end to negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Brexit 12-06-2014

Mandelson: UKIP reduces Britishness to a caricature

There is a huge difference in economic value, influence and return in being inside the EU or merely alongside it and forces in UK politics such as UKIP are reducing British interests to national identity and that identity to a caricature of Britishness, argues former EU Trade Commissioner and Labour peer Peter Mandelson.
Philippe Van Parijs [Bibliotheek Kortrijk]
Languages & Culture 23-04-2014

Piazza Schuman!

How can we expect Europeans to cherish the European Union and its capital, if the public space that symbolises it is nothing but a shabby roundabout on a traffic axis? And yet former president of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, said in 2001 that Rond-point Schuman should become "the meeting point of Europe; the piazza of the continent". Philippe Van Parijs gives his vision on how to embellish the heart of Europe's capital.
Languages & Culture 16-09-2013

A truly multilingual capital for the European Union

To meet Brussels’s exceptional linguistic challenge, the 'Marnix Plan' wants to mobilise Brussels’s diverse linguistic competence into an exciting collaborative project, writes Philippe Van Parijs.
07-12-2011

Hidden by the crisis: Uncontrolled explosion of national EU actors

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.
Alain Deneef
Public Affairs 31-08-2011

A new project for Brussels, Europe’s capital

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the capital of the European Union, both of which are going through severe crises. Foreign EU citizens represent a fifth of Brussels' population and an increasingly large segment of its economy. Yet they are almost absent from its political life. Can this multicultural city be a model of coexistence and integration, asks Alain Deneef, founder of the think-tank Aula Magna.

Want to know what's going on in the EU Capitals daily? Subscribe now to our new 9am newsletter.