‘One-Third Land and Two-Thirds Sky' – that is how the film director Peter Greenaway saw, and sees, the Netherlands.
Once in a while, editor-in-chief Luc Devoldere dives into the archives of The Low Countries and pulls out a story that is worth rereading. Consider it left luggage, that reveals a hidden gem.
For decades, pigeon racing was as much part of Belgium as the Atomium, chip stalls and cycle racing.
If you really want to get to know Flanders, you have to drive along its stone roads.
Anyone who wants to understand the linguistic complexity of Belgium must be aware of the language border, declared in 1963, that divides the country into two big regions.
Often, when discussing Flanders versus the Netherlands, we tend to fall back on the cliché about being ‘Catholic’ versus being ‘Protestant’. The truth, however, is far more complex.
In 2016, the Flemish political scientist Kris Deschouwer wrote an illuminating piece about the very special character of the Belgian social security system.