“The Electoral Cycle is Too Short for Real Political Change”

We asked Mohssin El Ghabri how ECOLO is navigating the current Belgian context and the party’s political ambitions.

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How Greens in Government Are Tackling Homelessness

Greens are driving responses to homelessness but the pandemic and the lack of support from governments threaten to set back these efforts.

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The Wild World of Belgian Politics

Understanding where Belgium’s two Green parties, Groen and Ecolo, sit in a divided political landscape. Part of our four-part “Green Wave” series.

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Belgium and its Green Parties at the Crossroads

A month on from the national, regional and EU elections in Belgium and the dust is still settling. How did the Greens fare and what possibilities lie ahead?

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Less Fear, More Participation

How one area of Brussels is opening up city government with participatory democracy and driving forward the green transition.

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A New Social Contract for the 21st Century

From climate change to robotisation, the challenges of the 21st century call for a new model of democracy. Dirk Holemans explores what a new social contract might look like.

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Planting the Seeds of Tomorrow’s Agriculture

An agricultural specialist reports on the ground with the Belgian farmers adopting agroecology, the sustainable techniques that let nature do the work.

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The Common Agricultural Policy: Promoting the ‘Polluter Gets Paid’ Principle

A new investigation exposes how the CAP provides financial incentives for polluting farms to pursue harmful practices.

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The City Taking the Commons to Heart

Ghent is the first city in the world to enjoy a commons expert to enshrine cooperation and communal ownership into its very structures.

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