The Optimism Paradox

How optimistic or pessimistic do people in the European Union view their personal future and the future of their country? How does this differ between EU member states? And how do these basic attitudes relate to party-political preferences?  These questions are answered by the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s new eupinions study “The Optimism Paradox”.  The key finding:…

Belgium Portugal and the Blue Economy

The Belgian-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce has brought together prominent Blue Economy private stakeholders, both from Portugal and Belgium, along with financing agents, academia, clusters, associations, and EU policy makers.  Duarte Bué Alves, Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OECD, and rapporteur of the event, opened by saying the global blue economy represents US$1.5 trillion and 31…

EP Stands By Decision to Aid Carrefour Belgium Staff

Members of the European Parliament have confirmed that they stand in solidarity with the 400 people in Wallonia who have lost their jobs after being made redundant by Carrefour Belgium.  These people should receive support from the EU budget, despite this proposal being rejected by the EU Council. Furthermore, MEPs also backed the proposal to…

Carrefour Dismiss 400 Retail Workers in Belgium

Over 400 retail workers from Wallonia dismissed by the supermarket chain Carrefour should receive EU aid worth €1,632,028 to help find new jobs, the EP’s budget committee has decided. The measure, co-financed by the EU globalisation adjustment fund, (EGF) would help the 400 workers find new jobs by providing them with career guidance, job training, entrepreneurship advice…

Controversy over Relations Between Belgium and Israel

Mark Geleyn, the former Belgian ambassador to Israel, has condemned his country’s policy towards Israel as “not the attitude of a friend.” Geleyn was speaking in Brussels this week at a conference on diversity along with ambassadors and diplomats from 10 other countries. He said Belgium was an  anti-Israel country that, unlike most others in western…

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….