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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 18:50 Written by
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9 May 1950: The French foreign minister Robert Schuman makes his famous declaration calling for Germany, France and other countries to jointly control their coal and steel industries. 18 April 1951: the Treaty of Paris creates the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). August 1952, the new institution, which will…
Something must have happened in Brussels in 2000, something unpredicted and unpredictable, that abruptly reversed several decennia of demographic decline. Before venturing some conjectures about what might have done the trick, a brief glance at the past. Brussels was born around the year 1000 with a settlement on the small…

The Internship Marketplace

Thursday, 04 September 2014 18:13 Written by
Young people are allegedly suffering long hours, low pay and exploitation working for Brussels-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs). That´s the claim of campaign groups battling to get a fair deal for interns and people on traineeships with the hundreds of NGOs in Brussels. The issue hit the international headlines recently after…

Homelessness in Brussels

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:04 Written by
A cursory look at the streets, traffic lights and intersections in Brussels reveals a disturbing phenomenon - an overwhelming rise in the population of beggars. Amid the ever changing appearances of the city, one feature of commune life remains the same – the daily presence of beggars on the streets.…
Around 1430, Brussels was a little town in the Duchy of Brabant with about 7000 households, nearly all of which spoke Brabants, a Germanic dialect close to present-day Dutch. It had a beautiful town hall on its Grote Markt, but its textile-driven economy was not doing too well. An irreversible…

Brussels – The International Hub for World Leaders

Monday, 01 September 2014 13:42 Written by
It is often derided by its critics as a grey city, populated by particularly well-paid eurocrats. But, as the presence of world leaders for the G7 summit at the start of June testifies, there is rather more to Brussels these days than the somewhat dated stereotype.Already home to the EU…