Statues have been torn down for almost as long as they have been raised, but it was only in 2020 that Belgium’s Leopold II statues were seriously in danger of ...
Feb, 06
How history can help us understand the rage against statues
Statues have been torn down for almost as long as they have been raised, but it was only in 2020 that Belgium’s Leopold II statues were ...
Sunday, 06, February 2022
Brexit and the mushy pea conundrum
For decades, Britons abroad in Belgium always knew where to find their home treats: the Stonemanor store. It was stacked with creature ...
Friday, 04, February 2022
Confronting Leopold’s Ghost
King Leopold II took control of Congo during the 19th century scramble for Africa, but his ruthless plundering of the country is a stain on ...
Monday, 31, January 2022
The Chocolate King from Brussels: How Marcolini became one of the most renowned chocolatiers in the world
Pierre Marcolini could be the most celebrated chocolatier in the world, his elegant boxes of exquisite concoctions available around the ...
Sunday, 30, January 2022
How Brand Whitlock became Belgium’s beloved American
He’s mostly known today for the boulevard he gave his name to, but as the US’s ‘Minister’ in Belgium during the First World War, Brand ...
Tuesday, 25, January 2022
Why the forest is Belgium’s unsung treasure
Its majestic trees have stood for aeons, accompanying human history from the Romans to Napoleon: the Sonian forest, or Forêt de Soignes, is ...
Sunday, 23, January 2022
When Antwerp was the centre of the world
In its 16th-century pomp, Antwerp was at the hub of the known world. It was a cauldron of emperors, heretics, spies and killer bankers, all ...
Thursday, 20, January 2022