Why Belgian football gave in to a pro-women protest
Belgium's national football team, the Red Devils, had commissioned a rapper to write their anthem for the 2018 World Cup, but the Belgian football association ended up dropping the artist because of his obscene and sexist lyrics.
19 Mar 2018
Counterfeit Russian art throws a shadow over the Ghent museum
A collection of Russian avant-garde paintings at the Ghent Fine Arts Museum is under intense scrutiny after Belgian and Russian art experts cast doubt on its authenticity.
9 Mar 2018
grass-roots air quality project in Flanders
Belgium is proud to host the biggest grass-roots science project in history. 20,000 people, led by the newspaper 'De Standaard', the University of Antwerp and the Flemish Environment Agency, will measure air pollution.
1 Mar 2018
Attachment therapy could help troubled Flemish youth
In Flanders, nearly half of young people in care facilities or foster families told researchers that they want to hurt themselves or felt suicidal. According to researchers, the way forward lies in specialized family therapy.
23 Feb 2018
Minister who meddled with terrorism trial stokes fury
The lawyer for accused terrorist Salah Abdeslam says his client should go free because of a procedural irregularity. In doing so, he unleashed a passionate debate about the separation of powers.
16 Feb 2018
Belgian protesters halt anti immigration proposal
The Belgian government has halted a bill allowing police to enter private homes of people sheltering immigrants, after the plan led to public outrage, protests, and questions raised by the Prime Minister's own party.
9 Feb 2018
TV journalist to change gender in front of the camera
Belgian news reporter Boudewijn Van Spilbeeck announced Monday that he is becoming a woman at age 58 -- and will film the process for a TV broadcast.
1 Feb 2018
Belgium targets volunteers
offering migrants a bed
The Belgian government is considering allowing police to search private homes of people suspected of sheltering undocumented migrants.
25 Jan 2018
Progressive powers fall apart after mud-slinging campaign
Local elections in Belgium aren't until October, but a vicious campaign has already claimed one casualty -- a joint progressive slate of three political parties.
18 Jan 2018
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