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In recent years it may not have been the most glamourous service, but 2 direct trains a day connected the three capitals of the EU – Brussels to Strasbourg, via Luxembourg. This is the DB Reiseauskunft search for 2nd April 2016 (note 0 changes – just the classification of the train changes at the border):… » read more

  Posted by Jon Worth Euroblog

I’ve been starring at this blank page for the past 6 months, almost on a daily basis. I’ve been meaning to write more on the federalist quest, but I’ve been turned back again and again by news reaching me on developments on the EU scene. Today, as I have been more or less removed from the… » read more

By Siada El Ramly When revising the Payment Services Directive (PSD), the EU institutions have – quite rightly – emphasised the importance of security. This emphasis need not stifle innovation or deprive users of new products; but that is precisely the effect that the legislation will have – without making users any safer when they… » read more

While EU media and EU actors are still congratulating Belgium for a successful presidency, Brussels reminds everybody EU president does not presides anything; it is just an honorific title. Indeed, with no government since half a year, Belgium took no initiatives, hence a smooth and model presidency… We know how it works. Brussels represents citizens… » read more

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

Today, Friday 28 May 28, I participated at a TechTalk organized by Google Belgium featuring Matt Cutts. I must confess that I was very excited. And I was not the only one. Stuart –  the current Blogactiv.eu Director, as well as other Brussels’ SEO, both from the private sector and from the public sector (e.g.… » read more

Belgium Upside Down

In surrealist-minded Belgium, a stupid error may easily turn into a wise comment. French TF1 Television channel was going to inform their public, yesterday night, about the actual political turmoil in the neighbouring country. A map was needed, to indicate where Belgium is, and how it is divided in three regions. Here is the map.… » read more

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