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The Netherlands and Belgium not aligned in fight against drugs

  • Industry
  • Justice
  • Politics

The ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam are the main European gateway for cocaine. Publicly, the Netherlands and Belgium proclaim their united commitment to breaking the backbone of the drug trade. But behind the scenes, differences in political culture are at play, and resentment and gloom reign.

Cultural heritage under siege: Ukrainian culture after two years of war

  • Armed conflict
  • Culture
  • Cities

In January 2024, Dutch investigative journalist Linda van der Pol and Belgian photographer Gena Kagermanov traveled to Ukraine to investigate the impact of the Russian invasion on the Ukrainian cultural sector in several cities.

Planet B

  • Armed conflict
  • Healthcare
  • Youth

BRUSSELS - Two young people are growing up in a world that is destroying itself. They each seek their own path and test how far they are willing to go in their actions.

Saving lives, a crime?

  • Equality
  • Human Rights
  • Migration

ROME - NGOs carrying out rescue operations in the Mediterranean have been at odds with the Italian government for years. SOS MEDITERRANNEE claims to perform its duty as mandated by international maritime law. Italy fights back with administrative sanctions.

When the pomegranates ripen

  • Armed conflict
  • Culture

JEREVAN - According to Armenians, the pomegranate symbolises the invincibility of the Armenian soul. From September, pomegranates begin to ripen. Their skin dries up while the flesh fills with moisture.

Behind desert and barbed wires

  • Equality
  • Migration
  • Politics

AFRICA - While hatred and fear is sown in Europe about " floating negroes" and "repopulation," the African side of the immigration debate remains underexposed.

Yangambi: A climate of tension

  • Armed conflict
  • Environment

YANGAMBI - In the middle of Congo's tropical rainforest lies Yangambi, a nature reserve where scientists study climate change. To do so, they need an intact piece of forest. But that causes tensions with the local inhabitants, because they use the forest to survive.

In Europe, social mask of Vlaams Belang falls

  • Politics

BRUSSELS - In the European Parliament, Vlaams Belang has a very different narrative than the social image the party wants to project in Flanders. Even in Flanders, by the way, this social narrative should be taken with a grain of salt.

How do you spell home?

  • Culture
  • Social Affairs
  • Youth

MECHELEN - Youth care center Juneco is a multicultural hub that houses 15 unaccompanied foreign minors aged 12 to 18 in Belgium. The young people grow up here without their families, creating close friendships.

Mondai: Jōhatsu

  • Social Affairs
  • Healthcare
  • Environment

TOKIO - In Japan, when people disappear overnight because of social pressure, financial, domestic or mental problems, they call it jōhatsu. Literally, it means evaporation. The phenomenon is not recognized in Japan, and so it stays under the radar. Robbe Van der Vloet and Arend Bucher travel to Japan in search of jōhatsu.