A 15-minute podcast written for the members of the Liberal Mayors Network, and any other interested listeners, Letter from Brussels brings to liberal mayors first-hand information from the highest level of the European Union that is relevant to their work as city leaders and will help them and their citizens connect with European decision-making, and contribute to strengthening the Union. It also gives a perspective on the city of Brussels itself, capital of Europe and of Belgium, and home to more than 1 million people, with a history going back centuries.
This first episode focuses on debates with European Council President, Charles Michel, and European Commissioner Ylva Johansson, touching on the future of Europe, integration of migrants, prevention of violent extremism, defending the rights of LGBTIQ citizens, building integrity systems at the local level, and a fascinating but little known story about Parc Leopold, near the EU institutions.
Letter from Brussels is written and narrated by Sean O’Curneen, Secretary General of Renew Europe CoR, a former journalist, and is partly inspired by BBC radio’s Letter from America by Alistair Cooke which ran from 1946 to 2004. The podcast is recorded in English and can be listened to from here. It will appear after every CoR plenary, at least 5 times a year.