Brussels

  • Poland : A "land of possibilities" or modern slavery in Europe

    By on March 20, 2017

    Poland is well known for its posted workers, i.e. cheap labour forces sent to work in other Member States of the EU. Meanwhile, Polish firms are employing even cheaper workers from North Korean workers sponsored by Mr. Kim Jong-Un.

  • In a hole in the ground, there lived a Russian hobbit...

    By on March 2, 2017

    At first glance, Yuri’s life is unextraordinary. He’s been living in Moscow for five years, has a profile on CouchSurfing,  and welcomes tourists into his home every now and then. His home, however, is a little unusual; not least because it’s several metres underground.

  • "Just Pay!": Interns in Brussels speak out

    By on Feb. 28, 2017

    One hundred interns gathered in Brussels to protest against "exclusionary unpaid internships." The organisers, Brussels Interns NGO (BINGO), say that many NGOs, trade unions and firms hire people for free or for less than the Belgian minimum wage - an illegal practice.

  • Five shades of Belgian chocolate

    By on Feb. 21, 2017

    The annual chocolate fair held in Brussels gathered more than 130 chocolate producers, confectioners, designers and experts in its 8,000 m3 of exhibition, open for the crowd. Cafébabel Brussels found five ways to experience chocolate you had never imagined!

  • Using your noodle: the religion of Pastafarianism

    By on Feb. 2, 2017

    Who doesn’t like spaghetti? Very few people would turn down a hearty Bolognese, but how many would dare to wear a pasta strainer in public? Serge has no fears in this particular department. For him, pasta and beer are solutions to all of the world’s problems.

  • Raising a glass to Belgium's beer tradition

    By on Nov. 30, 2016

    Belgium's beer tradition, which dates back centuries, has been added to UNESCO's list of the "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity." Meanwhile, in Brussels, the Slow Food organisation has decided to honour a very special variety of Belgian beer. Cheers to that! 

  • Food: what's on your plate?

    By on Oct. 17, 2016

    Food, the engine that drives our daily lives, is currently a hot plate on the agendas of EU leaders. We rely on this basic commodity and almost take it for granted but it has been commonly understood and agreed that we have to protect and secure our basic needs.

  • The EU is at a crossroads on climate change

    By on Sept. 28, 2016

    The European Union, once the undisputed champion of the climate, today lags behind the United States and China when it comes to putting the Paris agreement into practice. National pressures hinder the whole ratification process, and the EU risks being left behind altogether. [OPINION]

  • Hack your bike! 

    By on June 30, 2016

    Hackathon - a portmanteau of the words 'hack' and 'marathon' - has rapidly become a buzzword and it seems it has entered all areas of human activity. Cyclehack is about a collective hacking bikes. Over the weekend of 24-26 June, 30 cities from Melbourn to Cape Town took part in this global event. Cafébabel was curious to see what would come out of Cyclehack Brussels.

  • Mass media disinterest for refugees

    By on June 21, 2016

    Praising the refugee hunters as national heroes; beating international journalists together with migrants; sentimental pleas with a short-time effect – those are few examples of media coverage of the refugee crisis. The backlash is further distrust in the media as such. What are the ways out of it? Cafebabel is following the discussion with the European media experts.