Blogs

 

450th Anniversary of Pieter Bruegel Marked By Exhibition in Bokrijk

Are you a fan of Pieter Bruegel, the famous Flemish artist? If so, a new exhibition at a Belgian open air museum will be just for you. 2019 marks the 450th anniversary that Pieter Bruegel the Elder died and to mark the occasion, the Bokrijk open-air Museum near Genk is organising an international exhibition entitled…

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Not Even the End of the Beginning

Brexit – Not Even the End of the Beginning

Now the first rule of politics kicks in. Start counting. Not the number of words in the 585 page Withdrawal Agreement or the 7 page political declaration but the number of MPs who will vote Yay or Nay, writes Denis Macshane Already London and Brussels are contradicting each other. Michel Barnier says that EU citizens can…

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Features

 

50th Anniversary for IFAW

by Staci McLennanDirector of IFAW’s EU office. This month the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is celebrating its 50th anniversary and half a century of work helping animals, people and the planet. It all started when a small group of people got together to stop Canada’s cruel commercial seal hunt. Fourteen years later, the effort…

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Jean-Claude Juncker awarded “European Leader of the Year” Award

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker was awarded tonight the “European Leader of the Year” Award at the second European Leadership Awards ceremony, organised by the European Business Summit in partnership with international news channel Euronews. For the past five years, Jean-Claude Juncker has been at the helm of the European Commission at…

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450th Anniversary of Pieter Bruegel Marked By Exhibition in Bokrijk

Are you a fan of Pieter Bruegel, the famous Flemish artist? If so, a new exhibition at a Belgian open air museum will be just for you. 2019 marks the 450th anniversary that Pieter Bruegel the Elder died and to mark the occasion, the Bokrijk open-air Museum near Genk is organising an international exhibition entitled…

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Letters

 

Les Brigittines: Transparency in the Food Chain

Transparency and traceability in the food chain is something we hear a lot about these days and a lot of restaurants like to talk about it. The sad truth is that many pay only lip service when it comes to actually putting the transparency and openness mantra into practice. Happily, there are some exceptions and…

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Brussels Relives the Spirit of the Renaissance

Calling all history buffs – the Carolus V Festival is an opportunity for Brussels to relive the spirit of the Renaissance. Many activities are offered from now until September, including talks and guided walks through the city which allow visitors explore the time of Charles V, the most powerful emperor of the 16th century. This year, to celebrate the 450th anniversary…

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Art3f, or art in another way, back in Brussels this November

Art3f sets the tone from the homepage of its website: “Art is within everyone’s reach from the moment we show it”. This quote from the father of optical art, Victor Vasarely, is as direct as his works are complex, and has become the mantra of Art3f.  Enough with the one-upmanship and elitism that sadly prevails…

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Reports

 

“We were blackmailed”: Goyens

Facebook and Google pressured and “arm-wrestled” a group of experts to soften European guidelines on online disinformation and fake news, according to new testimony from insiders released to journalists at Investigate Europe and published today by openDemocracy, the London-based global news website. Extracts from these testimonies allege that Facebook and Google undermined efforts to make the tech giants…

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Improvements Needed in Tackling Fraud with Regional Funding

Despite improvements over recent years, EU Member States’ efforts to tackle fraud in cohesion spending remain too weak, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Member States’ assessments of the effectiveness of their anti-fraud measures are too optimistic, say the auditors. Detection, response and coordination still need substantial strengthening to prevent,…

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What Europeans Really Want, 5 Myths Debunked

A major new report called “What Europeans really want, 5 myths debunked”  by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), has found that there could be as many as 97 million swing voters in play at this year’s European Parliament election. According to data collected across 14 member states that make up 80 percent of the…

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