Why Belgium can't get a handle on hit-and-runs
It was a terrible start to 2018: back-to-back hit-and-run accidents where the driver left the scene. Shame on Belgian drivers, who seem to be the slowest learners regarding road safety.
10 Jan 2018
A call for sisterhood in European politics
Belgian politician Assita Kanko is launching an incubator to encourage more women to enter politics and to support them once they do.
3 Jan 2018
How to maximize the impact of your donations
In these consumerist times, it obviously feels good to do some philanthropy. But it is also worth taking the time to evaluate the impact of our generosity, and to look into investing where the needs is greatest.
25 Dec 2017
Sudanese refugees deported from Belgium were tortured back home
A few months ago the Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum, Migration and Administrative Simplification, Theo Francken, invited Sudanese government officials to identify migrants and arrange documents for their forced repatriation.
21 Dec 2017
Deradicalization -- a buzzword but above all a big challenge
In counter-terrorism strategy “deradicalisation” is a key term. But what does it actually mean? How do we disengage ISIS fighters? No country has the perfect solution. Yet the story of Omar shows it can be done.
14 Dec 2017
The 'bromance' between Flemish and Catalan nationalists is not what it
During the month which the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, has spent in Belgium he received an especially warm welcome from the Flemish separatists. But the apparent “bromance” is fragile and uneasy for both sides.
7 Dec 2017
We need to talk about Bonn
The Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, was a disappointment. Since the Paris Agreement, the sense of urgency has disappeared. We need new ambitious leaders. All eyes are on Poland.
23 Nov 2017
TV personality felled by #MeToo cried "witch hunt" before going down
He was accused of relatively "mild" offences: sending explicit text messages and driving by someone's house. As more women began to testify, it became clear that these were symptoms of systematic and predatory behavior.
17 Nov 2017
Belgium discusses euthanasia for the mentally ill
There is a clash between defenders and opponents of this idea. They argue about whether hopeless suffering is subjective, and ask -- can we decide whose suffering is unbearable enough?
9 Nov 2017
How Belgium imported the Catalan crisis
The sudden appearance of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont in Brussels cleaves Belgian politics. He didn't seek political asylum (yet), but nobody knows what else he could seek in Belgium.
31 Oct 2017
There are no excuses for Harvey Weinstein's behavior. But let's not confuse sexism with sexiness. We're not all perverts and sluts.
26 Oct 2017
Where there’s a will to counteract radicalization, there’s a way
As Belgium confronts the problem of foreign and 'homegrown' terrorists , headmistress Karin Heremans has emerged as one of the leading figures in the debate. She warns that teachers have no tools to disassemble radicalization in schools.
16 Oct 2017
Fact-checking the Belgian Prime Minister
'Jobs, jobs, jobs' is the current credo of Belgium's government. After three years, we see an increasing amount of them, but the numbers don't show the budgetary deficit, several adverse social effects and other broken promises.
11 Oct 2017
Growing a space for male victims of domestic abuse
Faced with the prospect of ridicule or disbelief, the majority of abused men are afraid to talk about the violence inflicted by their partners. Many have been conditioned never to use violence against women, even in self-defense.
3 Oct 2017