Although Brussels is widely known as the capital of Europe, it also holds the distinction as the world’s second most cosmopolitan city in the world, right ...
Feb, 05
Belgium must improve its public transport if we are to become less reliant on cars

8.15AM on a weekday. I just dropped my daughter at school, and I start heading my way towards the train station. How? Well, I try to be as environmentally friendly as possible so, yes, with my secondhand bike. I arrive to the station’s parking, I get down of the bike, lock it, and run towards […]

Friday, 04, February 2022
On flying cars and antigravity shoes

The late David Graeber, a very well-known social anthropologist and economist, once wrote that when he was a child in the 1960s he and his friends used to assume that by the twenty-first century lots of new inventions would have happened. ‘We all know the list,’ he wrote in 2015. ‘Force fields. Teleportation. Antigravity fields. […]

Monday, 31, January 2022
Freddy Thielemans in memoriam

The former mayor of Brussels, Freddy Thielemans, who passed away on Saturday, was eulogized by leaders of all parties across the Belgian political spectrum and left an unforgettable impression on everyone who met him. I had the privilege of meeting him about 15 years ago in his office at the city hall at Grand Place […]

Monday, 31, January 2022
Enforcement of new antibiotics legislation vital to our future health

Resistance to antibiotics caused by their overuse in livestock and humans is increasing. It’s estimated that if the world doesn’t radically change how antibiotics are used by 2050, antimicrobial resistance will kill more people than cancer does today. A recent report in the Lancet revealed that “more than 1.2 million people died worldwide in 2019 […]

Friday, 28, January 2022
77 years after Auschwitz

In August 2016, I visited for the first time the death camp in Auschwitz. It was enough to only have one look at the great entrance to understand that God cried a lot, when he saw people created by Him exterminated other people created also by Him. “Arbeit macht frei” or “Work makes you free” […]

Thursday, 27, January 2022
What do grandparents mean to young people?

Rather than ask: “What do young people owe their grandparents?” – we must wonder: “What do grandparents mean to young people?” One of our misunderstandings during the pandemic lies in the alleged antagonism between the elderly and the youth. The injunction “Save Grandma” in our policymaking vocabulary shows how our conception of young people is […]

Monday, 24, January 2022