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Divided Cities in Europe

  • Conflict
  • Vranckx

The European Union has worked since its foundation to achieve border integration. Nevertheless, the creation of new borders and the strengthening of existing ones still occurs, especially within cities. Now that national borders are more permeable and less confining than ever due to globalization, the strongest conflicts are related to urban space.

Buy your way into EU Citizenship

  • Corruption
  • Europe
  • Trafficking

BUCHAREST - Dodgy dealers in Romanian nationality can conjure up genuine documents for fake applicants, and with it the right to work within the EU.

Narco Estado

  • Politics
  • Organised crime
  • Conflict
  • International

From 2009 till 2011, Dutch war photographer Teun Voeten focused on the drug-related violence that is destabilizing Mexico. He visited the epicenter of the violence, Ciudad Juarez, as well as other hot spots such as Culiacan and Michoacan.

The Divided States: how economic inequality shapes the 2012 Presidential race

  • Politics
  • International
  • Economy

As American voters prepare for the Presidential ballot, the economic inequality is the largest since the Great Depression. While the financial crisis left many people without a job and a lot of debt, a small majority is doing better than ever.
The elections are therefore less about personal or ethical preferences, than they are about the future ecnomic model of the States.

The Black Gold of Disabled People in Benin

  • Sport
  • Politics
  • International
  • Equal opportunities
  • Economy

BENIN - The social and ecological drama of Nigeria's oil industry is a well-known fact in the West. A story that is directly connected but largely unknown, however, is how neighbouring Benin has become dependent on illegal oil smuggle from Nigeria for its fuel supply. One of the most conspicuous things about the Benin oil smugglers are the disabled smugglers on their strange Vespa tricycles.

Little to fear: arms dealers in Belgium

  • Justice
  • Conflict
  • International

In 2003, Belgium adopted a law intended to control arms brokers. This law doesn't meet the European requirement and, furthermore, has never been applied by the authorities, although the problem was well known.

International Offensive on Cord Blood Banking

  • Health

ANTWERP - It’s the latest fashion in maternity hospitals. Mothers throughout the EU are encouraged to privately bank the cord blood of their newborn babies. But private cord blood banks are not free from criticism. On the contrary.

America - A Biography of Dreams and Deceit

  • Politics
  • International

The Flemish public service broadcaster's America watcher, Björn Soenens, takes you on a fascinating journey through America - the country and its citizens. Read about that amazing country, full of dreamers and deceivers.

On the trail of the superbug

  • International
  • Health
  • Economy

According to The Times of India, the medical tourism sector in India adds up to at least a hundred thousand patients per year - and an amount of dollars many times higher.

The Netherlands and Spinoza

  • Art

The Dutch philosopher Spinoza is 'in the air', interest in him recently increasing considerably. At the same time, however, The Netherlands seem to turn away from the freedom of expression and tolerance that are championed in his work.