The Catalan-Flemish connection: In the loop w/ James Panichi & Nicholas Hirst

According to blogger (and regular “Guess who I bumped into” story subject) Kosmopolit, podcasts are one of the challenges for EU journalists to tackle next.

“Brussels seems to be a largely podcast-free zone,” he wrote in a blogpost last March.

On April 21, we kicked off POLITICO in Brussels. Soon afterwards, In the Loop was born.

The podcast is produced by Cynthia Kroet and brings you our top stories and the talk of the town on EU affairs. It’s building a community on Soundcloud and you can tune in every week via

Last week, I had the pleasure to share my thoughts on a story on the Catalan-Flemish connection.

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While the victory of Catalan independence supporters was happening, the Flemish Minister President Geert Bourgeois invited his colleagues in his office for a glass of Catalan wine.

“We are two states that are wealthy, that perform well, with a long cultural tradition, our own language and our own democracy. We might be located in different corners of Europe, but we’re quite alike,” Bourgeois told POLITICO in an interview. His party, the Flemish-nationalist N-VA, has set up a strong connection to the Catalan movement for independence.

“I wouldn’t meddle in the domestic affairs of Spain or the United Kingdom,” Bourgeois said, “but if a people decides it wants to split from a state, this will end up on the table of the European institutions eventually. And there is no procedure in place.”

Read the article here.

I discussed the issue on In the Loop last week. The chat (and chatter) includes a discussion on how realistic Flemish independence is, and how the weight loss of the leader of the Flemish-nationalist N-VA party is — indeed — politically relevant.


About laurenscerulus

AKA reporter for Deutsche Welle, The Independent, Monocle24... AKA editor @ FKA trainee journalist @ BBC World Service, Monocle, De Morgen, MO* FKA foreign editor @ Veto student newspaper, Belgium. FKA student of modern history @ KULeuven | international relations @ UCLouvain.

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