Podcast Letter from Brussels 12 – The Puppets and the Scandal

A new Letter from Brussels is now available featuring:

  • – The Theatre of the indigenous Sami people in the Arctic city of Kiruna, and what it stands for in this area of vital economic interests for the EU;
  • – The innovative School of Politics for Young People of the Finnish Arctic city of Oulu;
  • – Why reconstruction of Ukrainian cities cannot wait till the war is over;
  • – The 15th anniversary of the opening of a key street in the divided Cypriot city of Nicosia.
  • – The plans to revamp the Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels ahead of Belgium’s 200 years of independence;
  • – and the scandal in a Brussels puppet theatre that had the audience shouting for the curtain to drop.

This new episode can be listened by clicking below or on all major platforms including: Apple, Spotify, YouTube, Spreaker and iVoox.

Listen to “The Puppets and the Scandal – may2023 Letter from Brussels 12” on Spreaker.


Further information about the above topics: 

  1. Giron Sami Theatre
  2. Vice News report on the challenge of moving part of Kiruna 
  3. CoR report on the Arctic Strategy by Renew Europe mayor Mirja Vehkaperä 
  4. Arctic Mayors Forum
  5. Oulu School of Politics for Young People
  6. Mayor Decoster’s visit to Ukraine and reflections
  7. The CoR supported the opening of Ledra Street in Nicosia, Cyprus 
  8. Plans to revamp the Cinquantenaire Park of Brussels 
  9. The puppet theatre scandal


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; it appears approximately every 2-3 months. 

Missed the previous episode(s)? Listen again via Spreaker, Apple, Spotify, YouTube or our website for the previous episode, episode 11.

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