Podcast Letter from Brussels 13 – The Tower and the Union

A new Letter from Brussels is now available featuring:

  • What the climb up to a medieval tower in the Flemish city of Mechelen reveals;
  • What Jacques Delors said when the HQ of the European Committee of the Regions was named after him during his lifetime;
  • The liberal city taking over the European Capital of Culture title in 2024;
  • The renovation of the vast site in Brussels that used to house the imperial postal service and Europe’s largest railway station for goods;
  • The inspiring interpreter at the RenewPAC summit in Dakar, Senegal, and the urgent geopolitical need to develop a partnership between Europe and Africa at all levels of government and society;
  • How the Mayor of Mechelen is connecting his citizens with the European dimension of their identity, and how local leaders can help to boost voter turnout at the European elections of June 2024.


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

Listen to “The Tower and the Union – jan2024 Letter from Brussels 13” on Spreaker.



More information on some of the items mentioned in the podcast can be found here:

  • The European Commission press release about the naming of the CoR headquarters after Jacques Delors.
  • The programme of activities for Tartu European Capital of Culture 2024.
  • The website of the renovated historical site of Tour & Taxis.
  • The European Commission proposal for a Strategy With Africa.
  • The Renew Europe press release on the RenewPAC Dakar summit and manifesto.
  • The website of the Construct Europe Festival of Mechelen.
  • The walking tour of Mechelen showing European connections.
  • The citizen information website of the European Parliament about the European Elections.


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 12.

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