Europe

Europe, Politics

1960 Volkswagen in Wolfsburg

Ersatz environmentalism VW-style

My wife and I, we’ve been driving a diesel Volkswagen for years. And we were quite happy with our Golf. Until now.

03/10/2015 ×

Europe, Politics

“German life” for all, refugees and Europeans alike

“German life” for all, refugees and Europeans alike

The refugee crisis is holding up a mirror to the European Union which reflects a troubling image— an image that cannot be talked away by morality rhetoric.

10/09/2015 ×

Europe, Politics

The House of the Greek Parliament (photo: Del Mich, 2009)

Yes or No: The Last Sequel to the Greek Tragedy?

When just about everybody joins the condemnation chorus, the sanest stance is to remain sceptical, even when running the risk of being automatically lumped together with the usual suspects.

03/07/2015 ×

Europe

Islamic and Cultural Centre of Belgium (photo: Stephane Mignon, Brussels, 2011)

Euro-Ramadan: False Unities, True Diversities?

This year’s month of Ramadan — the ninth and the holiest month of the Islamic calendar — stands in the shadow of Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

18/06/2015 ×

Europe, Politics

Dodging politics, ditching democracy

Dodging politics, ditching democracy

The Brits and the Poles have voted last week in parliamentary and presidential elections, respectively. But if anything unites these two European elections, it is the way they illustrate the hollowing of the democratic process. While conservatives tout more of the same, the Left… Well, what Left?

15/05/2015 ×

Europe, Politics

European Parliament Building with fragment of the Berlin Wall, Brussels (Photo: Daniel Tkatch)

Europe Day or What-Does-Europe-Want Day?

“It’s Europe Day!” my wife called out when I showed her the invitation flier to the Kriek & Frites party on May 8-9 at Place Jourdan in Brussels. Neither the flier nor its typically Belgian offer implied any connection with the EU. Given my early school days were spent in the Soviet Union, I associated the dates rather with the end of World War II. So what’s this Europe Day anyway?

08/05/2015 ×