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Papenvest works as a journalist in Brussels covering European affairs and is originally from Ireland, but has spent the last 3 years in Brussels and London. Normally he plans to write on politics and economics; although he might

“jot down one or two notes about the Belgium that exists beyond the confines of the Euro-bubble.

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You’ve got to love Belgium’s local election campaigns. Far from being conducted over the barrel of a gun, they’re just, well, conducted over barrels full of beer! Candidates can be frequently seen setting out their  ‘refreshments’ and manifestos outside Brussels’ many cafés.

Being a frequenter of many a Belgian café myself, and not being such a fan of the knocking on doors approach, I’m more than slightly taken with this style of campaigning. Sure it’s second nature to Belgians – sitting, drinking, chatting with an enviable lack of urgency.

There is a serious point here though, it rips politics from the newspaper pages giving it an everyday accessibility. It looks a hell of a lot more natural than the parachute attack photo shots of national campaigns. I admire the street-corner familiarity, and live in hope that the “solving the world ills over a pint” school of political philosophy might one day catch…

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A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world. We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".

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