Cycling through the Trees in Limburg

The upcoming start of the world-famous Tour de France in Brussels may be understandably grabbing the headlines at presnet but it’s not the only cycling landmark in Belgium this summer. What is thought to be Europe’s first-ever “cycling through the trees” experience has just opened in Limburg. The world-renowned ‘Cycling through Water’ in Bokrijk now…

EU To Strike Trade Deal with Mercosur Countries

The European Union and Mercosur have reached a political agreement for an ambitious, balanced and comprehensive trade agreement.  The new trade framework – part of a wider Association Agreement between the two regions – will consolidate a strategic political and economic partnership and create significant opportunities for sustainable growth on both sides, while respecting the environment…

Charles Michel elected President of the Council

The European Council has elected Charles Michel as President of the European Council.  The President of the European Council is elected for the period from 1 December 2019 until 31 May 2022. The mandate of two and a half years of the President of the European Council is renewable once.  The European Council also welcomed the decision of the…

La Quincaillerie: promoting traceable and sustainable food

Traceability has become a much-used buzzword in recent years and many restaurants now make a big thing of their efforts in this regard. But La Quincaillerie, a popular restaurant in Ixelles, has been pushing for this philosophy for many years. In fact, if you’re looking for good quality cuisine that is also sourced in a…

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….

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…