Jungle Book Comes to Antwerp

Most of us are familiar with them: Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Kahn and friends.  Yes, the Jungle Book characters have enchanted young and old alike down the years. But this year, people in Belgium have a chance to enjoy Rudyard Kipling’s jungle residents in an entirely different light – literally. They will take centre-stage of…

Caviar at Christmas! Why not?

Christmas is coming so what better reason to push the boat out and indulge a little? If you thought oysters and champagne were the height of indulgence there’s one thing that can top both – caviar. Usually, it’s associated with the jet set and wealthy but, for one Belgian company, the looming festive season is…

The EU should demand urgent action on Romania’s shameful prison conditions

The spotlight had already been on Romania’s prison conditions due to a report earlier this year by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), writes Dr Charles Tannock. There was further international scrutiny as commentators wondered how Liviu Dragnea, the leader of country’s Social…

Brussels Hosts VIII Open Eurasian Literary Festival (OEBF -2019)

From 13th to 17th November, the eighth Open Eurasian Literary Festival and Book Forum (OEBF 2019) was held in Brussels (Belgium). Open Eurasia is an international initiative that for the eighth year brings together creative people from all over the world – writers, poets, translators, artists and other talented people. This year, festival guests represented…

Maltese finance minister under investigation for money laundering

On Friday, the Maltese justice confirmed criminal investigations because of suspected money laundering investigations against inter alia the Maltese finance minister Edward Scicluna.  Last night Keith Schembri, the ex-chief of cabinet of Malta’s Premier Joseph Muscat, has been released from arrest. The appeal of Finance Minister Edward Scicluna, ‘self-suspended’ minister Chris Cardona and former Tourism…

Russian Bear’s Power Grab Sparks Protests in Kyiv

Following yesterday’s startling and incoherent decision by Ukraine’s cabinet of ministers to dismiss the President of Energoatom Mr Yuri Nedashkovsky by a cavalier show of hands, workers of the company immediately staged a protest outside the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection on Kreshchatyk in Central Kyiv.  The protestors demanded that Minister Orzhel should stop…

Strasbourg Seat for EP Under Attack Again

Conservative MEPs have blasted the European Union’s “hypocrisy” in claiming to combat climate change while maintaining the dual seat system for the European Parliament. They are challenging member state Governments to scrap the so-called travelling circus that sees the legislature and its staff shuttle back and forth every month between parliament buildings and suites of offices hundreds of…

MEPs Call for Action to Combat Child Trafficking

MEPs have called for more action to combat child trafficking and forced marriage, whilst stressing the crucial contribution that kids make in the fight against climate change. Following the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, assessing the many challenges that…

Digitalisation of Transport of Goods

The European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission have reached a deal on the Electronic Freight Transport Information (EFTI) proposal late yesterday.  The new law will speed up the digitalisation of the transport of goods by creating an e-platform where businesses and authorities can digitally exchange information on road operations. “We laid down the foundations…

Review of EU Defence

Defence ministers have shared their expectations and views ahead of the presentation  of the first full Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) Report which will be delivered to the Steering Board in November 2020.   Ministers took the opportunity to highlight their expectations and share success factors they deem important ahead of delivery of the first full…