Greenpeace opposes the re-opening and has already filed suit against the government for not having a nuclear emergency plan. “That still hasn’t been produced,” the organisation’s energy manager Eloi Glorieux said. “On the contrary, the risk is now being increased by the re-opening of the reactors. The government is not taking its job – the protection of the population – at all seriously.”
The Economist calls them “Generation Jobless”. They are young people aged 15 to 24 of whom 290 million worldwide are neither working nor studying. That’s almost a quarter of the planet’s youth who are considered “inactive”.
Across Europe, as in Flanders, the euro crisis has hit young job seekers exceptionally hard. The continent’s average youth unemployment rate sits at 23.5%. Not surprisingly, unemployment rates are highest in Greece (58.4%), Spain (55.7%), Portugal (38%) and Italy (38%).
The recent InsideFood symposium of the MeBioS (Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors) group was the first international conference dedicated to research on the microstructure of food. It was the conclusion of a four-year collaboration between 12 European research institutes and companies, co-ordinated by MeBioS and funded by the European Commission.
“I had been asked to play a solo concert, but I wasn’t keen to perform alone,” explains lyricist and lead singer Wannes Deboes. “So I asked some extra musicians to join me. It wasn’t yet the line-up we have now, but I consider it the beginning of Quasiland.”
This Monday saw the start of the operation to remove the damaged tanks from the scene of the accident, 10 days after the derailment of the train carrying the chemical acrylonitrile. The six rearmost carriages, which were not derailed, were hosed down and attached to a locomotive to be towed to Dendermonde, about 15km away.
Last month, more than 16,000 visitors from 65 countries gathered in Chicago for the annual Bio International Convention, the world’s largest event for the biotech industry. It’s a little like the World’s Fair, with a Belgian pavilion that gathers the country’s participating companies. There, visitors to the convention – not tourists, but businessmen representing other biotech firms – were introduced to, apart from waffles, fries and beer, another of our prestigious exports: biotechnology.
Brussels is already the political capital of Europe, but it’s also one of four finalists hoping to win the title of European Green Capital 2015, as awarded by the European Commission. The annual award promotes and rewards the efforts of city governments as they battle ecological challenges. At the end of May, the Brussels team will try to convince a jury of members from various European institutions that it should win, and on 14 June, Brussels will know whether it has prevailed over its rivals: Bristol (England), Glasgow (Scotland) and Ljubljana (Slovenia).
The city of Antwerp goes to great lengths to publicise its port, and with good reason: It’s Europe’s second-largest port, and one of the world’s most important for container traffic. It’s also a crucial factor in the economic life of Flanders; the region’s gateway to the whole wide world, and vice versa. And not just Flanders: Freight entering the port of Antwerp goes on to make its way to the whole of the continent.
The Wonderkamer contains 18 wooden cabinets in which children’s authors and illustrators such as René Swartenbroekx, Bettie Elias, Lieve Baeten and Kolet Janseen were able to show what inspires and motivates them, as well as some personal titbits that are essential to their way of writing.