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On the Culture Front: Four Days in Belgium

Chris Kompanek | Posted 07.28.2015 | Travel
Chris Kompanek

It was an unseasonably warm day last summer when I found myself climbing the towering steps known as "Montagne de Bueren" in the Belgian city of Liege. I had just arrived at my hotel and was feeling antsy, a little displaced and in need of some geographical cohesion.

Despite Deal, Grexit and European Unity Hang in Balance

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Marco Vicenzino

After a grueling 17-hour negotiating session in Brussels, a last-minute deal was finally reached between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his euro zone creditors. At least for now, it averts a Greek exit from the euro and halts the European Union's most serious existential crisis. However, the agreement marks only the end of one chapter in this unfolding saga.

Two Ships, Four Generations: A Family's Odyssey

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 07.31.2015 | Travel
Joan Z. Shore

The early twentieth century was an age of immigration -- millions left Europe in despair, defeat or fear to make new lives in America. My family history is not much different from that of other immigrants, but with one big deviation: two generations arrived from Europe and two later generations returned!

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

The EU-CELAC "Partnership" Fails Coffee Test

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

The European Union hosts the EU CELAC "Partnership" Summit in Brussels on June 10th and 11th. It brings together Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of 61 countries and the EU institutions, that is the 28 members of the EU and 33 nations from CELAC - Community of Latin American and Caribbean States-.

Photographer Creates Stunning Symmetric Images with Light and Reflection

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 05.28.2015 | Arts
Bibbi Abruzzini

All Photographs (c) Ferdinand Choffray, Courtesy of Ferdinand Choffray Could symmetrical composition be part of defining beauty? Symmetry makes it at...

Flanders for Fashion, Food and Old World Luxury in the 2015 Jaguar XJ and XJL

Rita Cook | Posted 06.27.2015 | Travel
Rita Cook

Forget Paris, Milan and New York and shift your gaze in the direction of Antwerp, Belgium where this fashionably cool city boasts not only cutting edge designers, but also architectural tours that lead a path to the Art Nouveau district of Zurenborg.

Older Lady Absolutely Kills It With Her Moves To A Street Performer's Beatboxing

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.20.2015 | Fifty

Street performers often go completely ignored -- but not this Belgian beatboxer. He attracted a huge crowd thanks to the impressive dance moves of an ...

Is Belgian Chocolate Really Worth The Trip?

Laura Lippstone | Posted 05.15.2015 | Taste
Laura Lippstone

After savoring one mint chocolate, I wanted another. And another.

While EU Stalls, These People Are Saving Migrants' Lives At Sea

HuffPost France | Sara Taleb | Posted 04.28.2015 | World

A series of deadly shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea has claimed the lives of hundreds of migrants who tried to reach Europe from North Africa in th...

Priorities for Romania: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Advancing Economic Freedom

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In order to increase economic freedom for its citizens and enable them to achieve higher standards of living, Romania needs to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption and establish an independent and efficient judicial system.

If It's February, This Must Be Brussels

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.23.2015 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

Yes, it's a twist on the 1969 film starring Suzanne Pleshette and Charlie Cartwright "If it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium," about a group of American tourists zipping through Europe on a bus tour with barely time to see anything.

Body Talk: African Sexuality & Womanism

Frank Browning | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Frank Browning

Six African women artists talk about bodies, sexuality and gender: it's not your everyday show -- gathered together in the heart of the bureaucratic capital of Europe -- under the rubric Body Talk at the Wiels Center of Contemporary Art.

Jews Are Not at War With Islam. But Jihadi Terrorists Have Declared War on Jews Worldwide

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion
Ian Reifowitz

We have to ask ourselves what it means that Jews worldwide have become targets in this way. We also have to ask ourselves what we are going to do about it as a society. As for me, I'm furious. I'm also scared for myself and my family. Lest we forget, the goal of terrorists is to strike terror in its target audience.

International Travel: Great Opera, Great Calf's Brains and a Fine Place to Stay in Brussels

Edward Schneider | Posted 04.15.2015 | Travel
Edward Schneider

The quality of all ingredients was striking; the room deserved to be fuller, even on a dark, freezing February night.

[Not] Cooking Off the Cuff: A Few Ideas From Belgium

Edward Schneider | Posted 04.13.2015 | Taste
Edward Schneider

Our travels yielded some good ideas that I'll surely incorporate into the repertory.

Belgian Comic Strip Center, Not Just a Laughing Matter

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.12.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Fast-forward to the 20th Century when comic strips took on a life of their own, became animated, went from 2D to 3D, discovered marketing, morphed into a mega industry, and started raking in millions of dollars.

Paris Attacks and the Kalashnikovs From the Balkans -- The Ignored Enemy From Within

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 03.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Designing a long-term strategy and implementing effective policies to successfully deal with radical Islam on Western soil can no longer be delayed. In the immediate future, strong rule of law nations must deal with enemies within our midst which are facilitating:

The Future of Europe

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Think about it. One hundred years back Europe started The Great War. No need to repeat what everyone can read today on Wikipedia.

Women Leaders in (EU) Foreign Policy: will Mrs Be Better than Lady?

Federiga Bindi | Posted 01.01.2015 | Women
Federiga Bindi

On Halloween night, the European Commission -- Europe's "executive" -- changed. At the helm of foreign policy, Lady PESC -- as Catherine Ashton was known -- gave way to Mrs PESC, as Federica Mogherini prefers to be called. Two different women leaders, two leadership styles in foreign policy.

World Bank President Goes Pinocchio

Nezir Sinani | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

European Civil Society Organizations staged a protest in front of the World Bank Group office in Brussels on Thursday to protest the weakening of environmental and social safeguards by the institution.

16 Reasons You Can't Totally Hate On Belgium

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 07.01.2014 | Travel

We may have lost the soccer match (and the epic match that was identification of waffle varieties), but even still, you can't totally hate on Belgium....

OTP's Guide to Street Food: Brussels

Off Track Planet | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Eating well in Brussels isn't known for being cheap but counting on Belgian beer binges for your caloric needs isn't going to cut it on an empty stomach. Luckily, you don't have to be sitting in a an art nouveau palace to try some traditional Brussels treats.

Europe, Wake Up!

David Harris | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
David Harris

It's high time for Europe to face the stark reality that anti-Semitism is alive and well in its midst, and more action -- real action -- is needed, and now.

Fatal Shooting Near Brussels Jewish Museum

AP | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG | Posted 07.24.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — Three people were killed and one seriously injured in a spree of gunfire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday, officials sai...