Oligarch Raid on the Electricity Market of Ukraine

The most urgent issue in EU-Ukraine relations today is the protection of Ukraine’s nuclear power industry from a conspiracy of the oligarchs, writes James Wilson.  Energoatom has been starved of a fair share of market revenues for years by the unfair Rotterdam Plus formula to calculate tariff shares for producers, ostensibly to take account of…

Ekrem Imamoglu elected Mayor of Istanbul: Democracy alive and well in Turkey!

The candidate for the main opposition party, Ekrem Imamoglu, has won 54% of the vote in the re-run of the Istanbul mayoral elections. Reacting to the win, the co-chair of Green Left Party Eylem Tuncaelli told this website, “The people have given a clear verdict on the AKP-MHP alliance’s refusal to step down in Istanbul despite their…

Italy’s Suicide Diplomacy Reducing its Influence When it is Most Needed

Italy has a central role to play in Europe’s response to growing security challenges in the Mediterranean region, but the current government’s “suicide diplomacy” is reducing its influence in the European Union and NATO just when it needs their support, according to a timely new report by Friends of Europe published this week. The study…

Cohesion Funds for Climate Action

EU ministers meeting at an Energy Council and a General Affairs Council this week will discuss respectively the priorities for the future energy infrastructure and for the future EU Cohesion Policy funding for climate action in the regions.  According to the current state of play of negotiations, EU Member States, as they plan to continue investments…

Why Belgium’s Politicians Must Tackle Climate Change

Climate campaigners in Belgium have 267,617 reasons why the country’s politicians should intensify efforts to tackle global warming. That is the number of people who signed a petition demanding more effort in addressing the issue. The recent unusually high temperatures in Belgium and elsewhere have, for many, highlighted the pressing emergency posed by climate change….

The Council of Europe Lifts Sanctions against Russia Disregarding Human Rights

On Tuesday (25 June), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) lifted sanctions against the Russian delegation, a decision correctly named by some media as a “moral victory of the Kremlin.” The Ukrainian delegation walked out in protest and slammed the decision as an “unacceptable concession to Russia”, write Aaron Rhodes and Willy…

Guide Delta 2019

It is widely regarded as the “bible” for food lovers in Belgium and, this year, the Delta Guide also honours up and coming new restaurants. For its 42nd edition, the Delta Guide Brussels selected 840 restaurants, including 70 new ones, and 140 hotels. Classified from A to Z they cover every neighbourhood in the city…

Statement by the NATO Secretary General on MH 17 Investigation

I welcome today’s announcement by the Joint Investigation Team that four suspects will be prosecuted for crimes in relation to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014.  This is an important milestone in the efforts to uncover the full truth and ensure that justice is done for the killing of 298 people…

Nobel Laureates urge Commission to include photonics partnership or risk jobs

Three leading European Nobel Laureates from France and Germany have warned that failure to include a dedicated photonics programme in the EU’s next Horizon programme will jeopardise all long-term technology capability and capacity, essential in powering the future European digital economy. “Failure to do so will jeopardise Europe’s deep tech capability, its digital ambitions and…

Elevated Gastronomy

It’s one of the more novel culinary innovations of recent years in Brussels and elsewhere – eating while suspended 50 metres from the ground. For its 2019 edition, Dinner in the Sky will head to the Canal in Brussels, opposite the future Kanal Pompidou Museum.  Since its launch in Brussels in 2006, Dinner in the…