Sexism thrives in the EU bubble

It began a few years ago when I, a few years younger and somewhat naive, took up a job with the guardian of the treaties, the European Commission in all its glory. A few weeks into the job, I was …

Brussels expats: better integrated than you think

Does the image of the Brussels expatriate who lives on an elitist island actually reflect the truth? Whatever you may believe, a survey about how the international community in Brussels lives provides a more nuanced picture. Expats are greener, more …

The EU’s Tower of Babel: break it down or build it up?

One cup of coffee per EU citizen. This is a rough estimate of the translation costs of the European Parliament on a yearly basis. A small price to safeguard an important feature of democracy you might argue. The EU has …

Perspectives of separatist regions’ participation in DCFTA

  Georgia’s aspiration for Europe is the link connecting the country’s long-term development with democratization, while safety and conflict regulation are the most important tasks on the way to Georgia’s European integration. Given the present political and geo-political situation, progress …

AEGEE Europe/The European Students’ Forum demands a change in the European direction

AEGEE Europe — European Students’ Forum launched the Y Vote 2014 project. Following the success of the first edition of the Y Vote Project which was aimed at raising awareness of the European elections in 2009 and increasing youth participation, the Y Vote …

Why We Need Bilderberg in Brussels

Reading the reports of the Bilderberg Group meeting last week set me thinking : we need Bilderberg in Brussels. The Bilderberg Group is the secretive annual conference of world leaders from the domains of business, politics, and finance. It met …

Previewing the 2014 European elections: ALDE’s struggle to remain Parliament’s 3rd largest group

  There has been a considerable amount of discussion in the European-centric media about the battle between the European People’s Party and European Socialists to secure the largest number of seats in the European Parliament in May’s elections.  Aside from …

In the Brussels Bubble

The third morning of my trip into the Brussels bubble has begun; it is a little grey but still not less promising than the days before. What should I say, now that the first half of my time here in …

The local conversation model

We are sharing our daily life experiences on social media, brands are fishing for our ‘likes’ and people are having conversations in what McLuhan calls the global village. Politicians and (EU) political institutions are also starting to understand the importance of …

EU talking only to ‘Brussels Bubble’ inhabitants, not citizens

Internally-oriented communication initiatives and an overreliance on technical jargon prevent citizens from having a real conversation with the EU. In the midst of the European Union’s on-going struggle to communicate its message and plug an ever growing democratic gap, a …