Ukraine has Huge Public Support: Public Opinion Matters


Ukraine’s entry to the Eurovision song contest by the Kalush Orchestra on Saturday night 14 May was massively boosted by phone polls in each participant country. This followed the verdict of national juries, which had given most votes to the UK. The final scores were 631 to Ukraine – lifted by 400 public votes – to…

Kharibulbul International Folklore Festival opens in Shusha.


The 5th “Kharibulbul” International Folklore Festival has today opened in Shusha, the cultural capital of Azerbaijan. The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the festival’s opening. The Festival is being held in the “Year of Shusha” on the occasion of the 270th anniversary of the city of…

Tenshi, Uccle: The Art of Japanese Cuisine at its Finest

Japanese cuisine has become very fashionable and, in Brussels, there are lots of good exponents of the art. But right there at the top, surely, is one that can be found very close to the popular Foret des Soignes.  Anyone in search of good quality and freshly-made food from the Land of the Rising Sun won’t…

Belgian Pride Parade

Belgian Pride Parade

On 21 May, after a two-year absence, Belgian Pride will once again be putting the LGBTI+ community in the spotlight and decorating the streets of Brussels in the colours of the rainbow.  This year’s theme will be “OPEN”. A call for more inclusiveness, respect and equality for LGBTI+ people. Therefore, the watchword is openness to others,…

Having A Dickens of a Time in Thanet

Fagin's Den

The UK may have left the European Union but EU funding is still helping to regenerate at least one part of the country. Thanet is being revived as a tourist destination partly with the financial aid of an EU project called Interreg Europe. Aid from the Interreg France Channel England initiative goes towards “Experience,” a…

Taiwan among countries showcasing travel at holiday fair

Taiwan Holiday

The Brussels Holiday Fair 2022 has opened amid fresh optimism that the battered tourism sector is now ready for a restart from the huge impact of the health pandemic. The 4 day event at Brussels Expo boasts 250 stalls representing countries around the world. It is expected to attract more than 50,000 people by the…

New Fellows Elected to Scotland’s National Academy

Annie Lennox

Creative Commons CEO Catherine Stihler, a former Scottish MEP, has been elected to the Fellowship of Scotland’s national academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The Fellowship is made up the greatest thinkers, researchers and practitioners working in or with Scotland today. Catherine has been an international champion for openness as a legislator and practitioner…

Exeter: Capital of Good Food


We Belgians all like to think that Belgium is the centre of the universe when it comes to appreciation of good food. While Belgium is rightly renowned for its cuisine there are other places too, of course, where standards are equally high. That, and this may come as a surprise to some, includes the UK….

Take a trip down Memory Lane at fine Brussels Restaurant

Le Petit Pont

Being able to eat out now, especially without mask wearing and “social distancing”, after all the disruption and turmoil caused by the health pandemic is a real delight. But it’s all the more pleasurable when you come across a place that can boast not just good food but an equally wonderful ambience and décor. One…

What Does Parliament Need to Do to Improve the Lives of Women?

Improving women's lives

Key demands of women for MEPs are tackling human trafficking and sexual exploitation, fighting mental and physical violence against women and addressing the gender pay gap. For International Women’s Day on 8 March, the European Parliament commissioned a dedicated survey among European women assessing the impact of the pandemic on various aspects of women’s lives….