The home of Tintin and Hercule Poirot, Belgium was where the world's first financial exchange was established, in the city of Antwerp in the 16th century. The European Union is headquartered in its capital, Brussels, and Antwerp remains a major diamond trading hub. But the country's best-known exports? Waffles, fries and beer.

The Widow Who Led a Bare-Chested Protest Against an Assassination

Pauline Opango Lumumba’s topless protest on Valentine's Day was a statement of love, mourning and defiance.

The Water-Saving DJ of Brussels

Yoeri Bellemans has a simple fix for wasted H2O: an app directing city agencies to construction sites that are already pumping out groundwater.

Maybe Central Europe Does Policing Better ...

Robberies are far lower on the EU’s eastern border than in Western Europe.


The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.

The Best Places to Go to Die

If your days are numbered and you want to spend them doing the opposite of suffering, here are some of the best places to go.

Europe’s Identity Crisis, as Revealed by Saint Paul

A controversy — or lack thereof — around a Bible verse on state TV in Belgium says all you need to know about Muslims in Europe.

Are the Muslim and Christian Right Natural Allies? He Says Yes

Othman El Hammouchi, 18, challenges the traditional molds of the European right.

This European Country Has the Smallest Gender Pay Gap

Turns out, the way to fix this problem might be — gasp — regulation.

If God Were a Photographer ...

Brussels-based Mathias Mattéo’s special, secret, terror-filled Superman sideline? Taking pics from the tops of tall buildings in a single bound.


The Food That Built America

The Food that Built America tells the unbelievable true stories behind the industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized food, and transformed American life and culture forever in the process.

Belgium Moves Away From 19th-Century Style Partisanship

Since the 1800s, Belgium’s three major political parties have controlled the lives of citizens from birth to death.

A Rape in Belgium

It takes a lot to upend a normal, happy childhood but Tammy Hill’s flipped, sadly, in a single afternoon after school.

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