OPINION: Comprendre Léopold II dans son contexte

  Le récent débat que semble avoir suscité durant la semaine Bénélux l’affichage, parmi d’autres monarques, de la figure controversée de Léopold II, Roi des Belges de 1865 à 1909 et Roi-souverain de l’Etat indépendant du Congo de 1885 à 1908, m’est apparu à la fois intéressant et surprenant. By: Tanguy de Wilde, Professeur invité au Collège … More OPINION: Comprendre Léopold II dans son contexte

OPINION: THE FORCE OF THE WRITTEN WORD

A reply to “THE CASE OF LEOPOLD II: WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT US?” In a world where journalism appears to be losing value, we should not put an end to written debate as a constructive and respectful tool of communication. By: Beata Thor The notions of post-truth society, alternative facts and political correctness are being circulated … More OPINION: THE FORCE OF THE WRITTEN WORD

OPINION: THE CASE OF LEOPOLD II: WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT US?

Aren’t we the anointed leaders? Aren’t we supposed to lead Europe to a better future? Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding the King of the Belgians has revealed our weaknesses. By: Bartosz Duda COMMUNICATION ERROR We failed because we do not know how to communicate. From the very beginning, the Belgian Society failed to give an appropriate … More OPINION: THE CASE OF LEOPOLD II: WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT US?

De Kunst van het Recht/The Art of Law

Art review: The Groeninge Museum’s temporary exhibition De Kunst van het Recht/The Art of Law covers artworks from 1450-1750, sweeping the visitor along a thoughtful and often unsettling path.  By: Ben Blunnie  The breadth of the exhibition is wide — starting with the trumpets of the Apocalypse heralding the Last Judgement, taking the viewer through classical and biblical stories of justice, and ending with … More De Kunst van het Recht/The Art of Law

Opinion: Leopold II and Congo: a plea for constructive debate

By: The Benelux National Week Committee As part of the Benelux national week, pictures of the monarchs of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg were posted on the walls of the canteen. After all, the fact that our three countries are monarchies, is something that we have in common. Among those photos, as has been correctly observed, … More Opinion: Leopold II and Congo: a plea for constructive debate

Opinion: Context is key — or why the concept of “National Week” is problematic

As “National Weeks” begin, students are encouraged to promote the culture and traditions of their respective country of origin. However, simplifying history and heritage might have pitfalls. By: Beata Thor The noise level inside the canteen rises as hungry students troop in from the cold. Monday 16 January marks the start of Benelux National Week, which … More Opinion: Context is key — or why the concept of “National Week” is problematic

PAUL MAGNETTE AFTER CETA: LEFTIST HERO, OPPORTUNIST OR POLITICAL GENIUS?

After a three-day delay, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) was finally signed on 30 October in Brussels. For three days, a man called Paul Magnette prevented the signing of Europe’s latest trade agreement. Who is he and what was he trying to achieve? By: Bram de Botselier Paul Magnette, a politician of the Belgian … More PAUL MAGNETTE AFTER CETA: LEFTIST HERO, OPPORTUNIST OR POLITICAL GENIUS?

Opinion: Czech State Secretary for European affairs paint ambiguous portrait of the EU

On October 26th 2016, the College had the opportunity to welcome the Czech State secretary for European Affairs, Mr Tomas Prouza, in office since 2014. By: Elise Cuny Tomas Prouza’s appearance marked the first official visit by a Czech representative to the College, and served as an occasion to assess and discuss the links between the … More Opinion: Czech State Secretary for European affairs paint ambiguous portrait of the EU

Opinion: The response to the High Court’s Article 50 ruling should scare us all

By: Nye Williams-Renouf UK / On Thursday afternoon, the High Court delivered its verdict on the most controversial British constitutional case in generations. Having heard arguments from a clutch of eminent barristers, a bench presided over by three senior judges produced a unanimous judgment that was sober, detailed, and well-reasoned in law. In response, the British … More Opinion: The response to the High Court’s Article 50 ruling should scare us all