Lunchtime Debate with Michael Ignatieff: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

_DSC0187 - Christophe KetelsThe Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels proved a majestic background for a High Level Lunch with Mr Michael Ignatieff on Friday May 15th. The Flemish liberal party Open Vld and the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit enjoyed the support of the European Liberal Forum (ELF) in organising this event with the Canadian intellectual and former politician. Continue reading

“Belgium = mini Europe” – Gwendolyn Rutten on how to overcome divisions and govern in difficult circumstances

IMG_5253The new Belgian coalition-government was sworn in at the beginning of October last year. Led by French speaking liberal Prime Minister Charles Michel, it was dubbed the “Swedish coalition,” referring to the four parties’ colours and symbols, the centre-right coalition comprises the two Belgian liberal parties Mouvement Reformateur and Open Vld, the Flemish Christian-Democrats CD&V and the Flemish nationalist party N-VA. Continue reading