People who are unhappy with their governments can be found anywhere. But often, apart from demonstrations, not much happens. However, that’s not the case for Brazil. There have already been many demonstration waves over the last years. Against the world cup, against the Olympics and now against corruption and the government. Often those demonstrations are… Read More What is going on in Brazil?
The country Thailand is often associated with many things. Usually pleasant ones. Holidays in the sun, Thai food, Thai culture, the night life in Bangkok and so on. But that is soon to be over. Since a coup d’état in 2014, the country faces a severe decline of democracy and human rights. It found… Read More What is the future of the junta in Thailand?
Fights broke out between Armenian and Azerbaijani soldiers today. Most diplomats knew it would happen sooner or later. During a visit at the council of Europe in Strasbourg in February I witnessed the tensions between both countries’ representatives, during speeches. The council’s former president, Anne Brasseur, whom we spoke with, also expressed her concern about… Read More New escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan
After Paris, Ankara, Istanbul, Ouagadougou, Abidjan or Garissa, it is now the turn of Belgium’s capital to be the victim of a murderous terrorist attack. The investigations are still running and therefore every information has to be handled with extreme care. But some things are known. Concerning the explosions at the Zaventem airport in Brussels… Read More Terrorist attacks in Brussels
In 2016, not a week has passed without Saudi-Arabia making it to the headlines. Not only because they lately allowed women to vote or because they offered to send ground troops to Syria, but mostly because of a major disagreement with Iran and them joining the United Nation’s “human rights council” despite torture and mass… Read More Let’s talk Saudi-Arabia
Is there anything sadder than a lost teddy? Yes, there is. For example this particular Teddy. It is the plush animal of a kid in the jungle of Calais. Not only did he or she have to leave the home country, take the dangerous journey to Europe, live under horrendous conditions in Calais, but… Read More
One constantly hears about right wing politicians and their new policies for the European refugee crisis. Apparently they are on the raise. Anti-immigrant, racist and xenophobe ideas become more and common and spread rapidly. Most elections in Europe confirm it. In most countries, the right and populist parties get pretty good results. Does… Read More What the recent poll of the “Bertelmann” Foundation tells us