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 June 2022

Napoleon and Wellington set to lock horns again at Battle of Waterloo re-enactment

Known throughout the world, the Battle of Waterloo shook Europe in 1815. After a two year absence, the traditional reconstruction of the Battle of Waterloo is back. […]
3 February 2022

Big campaign launched to promote New York wines in Europe

Normally most people think of Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and other NY icons when the word New York is mentioned. Few will associate the […]
10 December 2021

Famous Crémant de Luxembourg celebrates its 30th anniversary this Christmas

It’s party time (or as much as the pandemic will allow) so what better way to celebrate Christmas with the tipple that’s known as a “party […]
10 December 2021

Festivals hope to “shine a light” this Christmas in Belgium

News about the Omicron variant has cast yet more gloom and dismay and thrown Christmas plans into disarray for countless people. The developments threaten to scupper […]
30 November 2021

Caviar at Christmas? Why not

A Belgian company is doing its bit to save stocks of sturgeon, one of the world’s rarest but most endangered fish species. Sturgeon fishing in the […]
11 November 2021

Saint Gilloise: remarkable resurgence of historic Belgian football club

At the end of last season, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, one of the most historic clubs in the country, located in one of Brussels’ 19 communes, was […]
23 June 2021

Will the Delta variant destroy European Summer?

Up to 10,000 Japanese fans will be permitted to attend Olympic venues  in Tokyo this summer – but the outlook for travel here in Europe is far […]
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 […]
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