Letter from Brussels is a 15-minute podcast by the Renew Europe Group in the European Committee of the Regions, focusing on news from the European level which is relevant to anyone active or interested in subnational politics, and including amazing stories about the city of Brussels itself, the capital of the Union. Recorded in English, it appears after every plenary of the CoR, every 6-8 weeks.
The car that almost changed history - july2022 Letter from Brussels 9
The 9th Letter from Brussels takes you west to the middle of the Atlantic with the new President of the European Committee of the Regions; south to one of the EU’s land borders with Africa; and north to the Arctic, which has become of great interest to China. Plus, why the new female vice-presidents of Renew Europe in the CoR are political leaders you need to follow. And the story of the antique car in Brussels which could have helped change the course of climate history.
Pictures of the antique car and Sean's recent visit to the Brussels Autoworld Museum can be found at www.reneweurope-cor.eu/podcast
Ukrainian reconstruction and the Aleksandrov ship - may2022 Letter from Brussels 8
The 8th Letter from Brussels takes us to Odessa, Ukraine, to hear the story of the Borys Aleksandrov ship and its unusual naming ceremony. This episode also includes President Zelenskyy's inspired plan for reconstruction of Ukrainian cities, news about the city most recently awarded the title of European Capital of Culture, as well as news about the wider Renew Europe political family, and an insight into a EurActiv op-ed article by Renew Europe President François Decoster explaining what would happen if a mayor failed to visit a local school during its refurbishment and how this is relevant to the future of the European Union.
(Opening audio credit: EU Neighbours East, EU4EMBLAS video about the ship name change)
The rocket and the rock - February 2022 Letter from Brussels 7
The extraordinary precision of Europe's spaceport launching the James Webb telescope; the Royal Belgian Observatory's connection with Webb and a mission in 2022 to crash into an asteroid; the urban rural divide is a challenge to democracy; what cities can do to help prevent a crash in the number of pollinators; the latest on the Conference on the Future of Europe; and the inspiring and courageous Mayor of Cologne who has won the first Pawel Adamowicz award.
The hero and the roof - Dec2021 Letter from Brussels 6
"The hero and the roof" features French President Emmanuel Macron at the plenary of the European Committee of the Regions and his 3 objectives to strengthen the Union, proposals by the European liberal youth LYMEC for the European Year of Youth 2022, new approaches to eradicating homelessness, and the Brussels heroes challenging people to spend a night sleeping outdoors.
The crime & the lone crusader - October 2021 Letter from Brussels 5
"The Crime & the Lone Crusader" carries highlights of a highly tense debate in the October plenary of the CoR, led by Fianna Fáil's Kate Feeney against homophobic amendments by Viktor Orban's Fidesz members, as well as new proposals by MR's Alexia Bertrand to empower consumers to make climate friendly choices when shopping, and the story of the lone crusader who fought against architectural crimes in Brussels in 1950 and 1964, and who was behind one of the most successful museums of the Belgian and EU capital.
The skeletons, the musicians, & two great cities - Sept2021 Letter from Brussels 4
A special extended edition on the occasion of the 2021 World Mayor Awards, profiling two winning mayors, François Decoster of Saint-Omer and Matus Vallo of Bratislava. Packed full of amazing and amusing stories about them as well as of Brussels, find out why there is a change of colour in the pavement of a historic Brussels street, who wrote a letter to a celebrity 18th century composer, and how an unstoppable soprano was stopped by an empty opera house.