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We take you to the 28 EU member states for a series of exclusive reports and interviews with local MEPs. Produced in partnership with the European Parliament. Saturday at 12.10 pm.

Latest update : 2017-05-10

Belgium, at ease at the heart of the EU?

Belgium, with its 11 million inhabitants, is a founding member of the EU. During these times of insularity, the country has become a focal point for the European project. Brussels hosts the European Parliament and Commission - how does this affect the everyday lives of Belgians? How do European diplomats and Brussels locals coexist? We went to find out.

We embark on a guided tour of Belgium, a small and prosperous territory, in the company of locals and lawmakers. Belgian MEP Hilde Vautmans (ADLE) shows us around Brussels’s downtown district as well as her home region of Sint-Truiden.

Accompanied by Bart Staes, MEP for the Greens, we also discover an organic dairy farm in the town of Gooik.

A show presented by Luke Brown
Camera: Stephane Bodenne and Johan Bodin
Video Editing: Joël Procope
Sound: Colin Idier

By Luke BROWN

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Hilde VAUTMANS

Belgian MEP, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats

Bart STAES

Belgian MEP, The Greens

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2017-09-29 European Union

Austria: Far right knocks on the doors of power (part 2)

For this episode of Europe Now, our Europe editor Catherine Nicholson digs deeper into the hot topics of the moment in the EU's two German-speaking member states.

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2017-09-29 European Union

Germany: Far-right knocks on the doors of power (part 1)

For this episode of Europe Now, our Europe Editor Catherine Nicholson digs deeper into the hot topics of the moment in Europe's two German-speaking member states.

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2017-07-21 Netherlands

A year of crucial elections in Europe

We take a look back at elections in some of the EU's biggest countries. Back in March, the Netherlands got the ball rolling with its parliamentary polls. The party of Dutch Prime...

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2017-07-21 migrants

One year after Brexit, where is the EU headed?

This week we're taking a look back at some of the more defining moments of the year so far. It's now been 12 months since the UK voted to leave the EU. Brexit negotiations have...

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2017-06-03 European Union

UK holds crucial election, one year after Brexit (part 2)

In this second part of Europe Now, we leave the pro-Remain capital and head to the north of the country, to Yorkshire, where the Leave vote was victorious. Our guest is Richard...

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