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Since the crisis this week-end, the split of Belgium received further credits and some in Wallonia are effectively elaborating on their future without Flanders. The wheel of fortune turns. Now, Flanders appears to be afraid… Read background on Belgian politics for dummies… and EU-afficionados According to a recent survey by Dedicated Research, Flanders is afraid… » read more

The environment problem caused by cities may include some environment solutions for the planet. For example, BedZED in Greater London represents a successful environmentally-friendly district although it failed on the socio-economic principles. (See Cities, problem or solution to the environment crisis? 1/2) There is an area in Malmo which economical, social and ecological transformations have… » read more

Looking at Russia, Pakistan or China this summer, we can bet environment will come back on people radars and political agendas. Let’s face it: no viable and timely global solution exist for current population and CO2 emissions. But as population growth is part of the risk, I am curious how Europe is positioned to building… » read more

These terms are frequently used and often appear interchangeable. But what do they mean? Is there any common understandable. Multipolarity Our deepest challenge,” US national security advisor Henry Kissinger wrote in 1969, will be “to base order on political multipolarity even though overwhelming military strength will remain with the two superpowers.” French President Valéry Giscard… » read more

Belgium has the same range of political parties than elsewhere… but double! Left: sp.a (14 seats) on Flemish side / PS (20 seats) on French side Green: Groen! (4) /Ecolo (8) Centre: CD&V (23), including Jean-Luc Dehaene, Yves Leterme (outgoing Prime Minister) and Hermann Van Rompuy (European President) / cdH (10) Right: Open VLD (18)… » read more

We can’t stand regions

Local politics aside, by electing the abstention at an absolute majority, 25 millions French citizens told us yesterday they can’t stand regions. In the 70’s, regions were created around the continent to be the next level of power. Together with the European Union, these steps would be closer to people and more dynamic in the… » read more

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