Martin Banks


Martin Banks has been a journalist for over 40 years, working in Brussels since 2001 where he has covered EU politics, initially for European Voice and more recently for The Parliament Magazine plus a raft of other titles. He also writes about other topics including culture and travel. Prior to coming to Belgium he had worked in regional (including a 6 year stint as Chief Reporter for the 2nd biggest selling regional in the UK) and national journalism in the UK since 1980.

15 April 2021

Me first attitude tarnishes the Brits

You may have noticed that this week, the UK took a giant step towards coming out of its latest corona virus lockdown. There was much rejoicing […]
6 April 2021

Why post-Brexit has embarrassed the EU over the vaccine roll out

Spare a thought, if you will, for the 450 million people who live on mainland Europe – they have been very badly let down over the […]
29 March 2021

Sophie Lenoir: “Since March 2020, I made around 500 lockdown portraits of Brussels residents”

Sophie Lenoir is a Brussels-based photographer. Since march 2020, Sophie captured around 500 portraits of Brussels residents and gathered the testimonies related to the lockdown of the […]
16 March 2021

Commission’s ‘Digital Green Certificate’ to help boost travel during the ongoing crisis

The proposed certificate is designed to provide proof that a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, has recovered from it, or has received a negative test […]
19 January 2021

Successful speedy roll-out of vaccine in the UK

Consider this: on the day the UK announced it had given the coronavirus vaccine to 1.5m of its citizens, there were some EU member states yet […]
18 January 2021

Royal British Legion Brussels history unveiled

Did you know that about 6,000 British servicemen wed Belgian women and settled here after WW2? Or that Princess Margaret’s divorcee lover Peter Townsend was unceremoniously […]
20 December 2020

The Party Box: All you need to survive the Christmas lockdown

The lockdown has been depressing for us all and, despite an imminent vaccine, there is no end in sight. But, happily, there is some good news […]
26 October 2020
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EU visa waiver program could be suspended for US nationals

Members of the European Parliament have called on the European Commission to take measures to ensure that citizens from four member states no longer face “discrimination” […]
7 October 2020

Stricter measures imposed in Brussels to stop spread of Covid-19

Under new proposals, all cafés in Brussels will have to close their doors from Thursday 8 October. It applies to cafes and the cafeterias of sports […]
24 September 2020

“The crisis is an opportunity to foster a more resilient industry” says Emirates’ Jean-Pierre Martin

Jean-Pierre Martin, General manager Emirates Belgium and Luxembourg, communicated with the European press and stated that Emirates’ approach was based on a three-pronged plan of action. […]
24 August 2020

Cooperative in Belgian village
makes trail for Green Tourism

An innovative social cooperative is flying the flag for sustainability – from a tiny village in the Belgian Ardennes. Projet Now – New Walloon Opportunities – […]
27 July 2020

European Commission’s new measures for cross-border travel

As part of the EU’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, EU member states have adopted a set of conclusions aimed at restoring passengers’ and workers’ confidence […]
17 July 2020

2021 will be the European Year of Rail

Next year is set to be the European Year of Rail, which will feature a range of events and campaigns to attract more people and goods […]
8 July 2020

Health crisis continues to impact Europe’s aviation industry

With the pandemic still impacting badly on the aviation sector, a stark new warning has come that passenger numbers for Brussels airport will not return to […]
6 July 2020

Controversy arises after UK announces “travel corridor” list

People arriving in England from dozens of nations will no longer need to quarantine from July 10th. The full list of countries which will be exempt […]
1 July 2020

Member states agree to lift travel restrictions for 14 countries

EU member states have given the green light to the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. The Council of the […]
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