Belgian and EU media
A full list of Belgian and EU media can be found in the European Public Affairs Directory. The following is a selection of some of the most well-known Brussels-based media.
Belgian newspapers in Dutch
Flemish daily newspaper that was traditionally a Christian-Democratic paper, associated with the Christian-Democratic and Flemish Party. However, today it is politically neutral.
It presents itself as an independent and progressive newspaper and a more dynamic alternative to its two competitors in the Flemish market De Standaard and De Tijd.
Het Laatste Nieuws
Part of De Persgroep, it the most popular newspaper in Flanders and Belgium.
Belgian newspapers in French
One of the most popular Francophone newspaper in Belgium. It is seen as liberal and progressist with politically federalist leanings.
La Libre Belgique
It can be roughly seen as an equivalent of Flemish De Standaard. The paper is widely perceived as pro-catholic.
La Dernière Heure
French general daily newspaper in Belgium. It is specifically known for news and sports.
EU newspapers and magazines
Daily update on EU news, written in a slightly bureaucratic style. However, it covers everything – from the lowliest NGO press release to European Councils. In French and English
The glossy E!Sharp may seem like vanity publishing, but its contributors are almost all leading British journalists.
Euro Correspondent is a network of freelance journalists writing on European affairs.
Europe's World is a journal covering EU affairs and is published three times a year by the think tank Friends of Europe.
European Agenda is a platform for professional life in Brussels. Among other information, it provides a list of the events taking place in Brussels.
A weekly EU newspaper distributed free of charge to MEPs and top Commission officials – which means it seeks to inform and influence Brussels’ policy-makers. Although it includes limited hard news, the paper is essential reading for journalists who aim to keep their finger on the EU’s pulse. Top stories on the website are free to access, but some content is for subscribers only.
A daily paper and web publication covering EU affairs in detail. Somewhat dry in style, it is a good one-stop-shop for news in French and English about the Union. It also publishes specialised dossiers on selected themes, such as the environment, enlargement, technology, transport, and energy. Its service is for subscribers only.
Financial Times Brussels
The Financial Times website has a section with European political news.
Greek-run weekly newspaper with European political and business news, partly distributed for free.
Fortnightly magazine about EU affairs, focusing on European Parliament input into European affairs.
Regularly updated and free of charge, the BBC News website is the biggest news website in the world. It also has a Europe section with a daily European press review.
The EU Banking News Network is an online source of information about banking, financial IT services and offshore jurisdictions.
Launched in 2000, EUobserver provides a balanced coverage of EU affairs and often manages to scoop major news outlets. Very much an insiders’ source, EUobserver also has monthly topical sections and investigative reports on issues that are not on the every-day agenda of the Brussels news-machine.
Partly funded by the European Commission and partly by various business corporations, Euractiv’s coverage is at times uncritical. However, it provides a good round-up of essential Brussels news, links to other sites and background information.
Most of the news stories are for subscribers only; however AFP-sourced breaking news is free-of-charge. It also sends out a free weekly newsletter, EUBusiness week.
Presseurop publishes a selection of articles from international news, translated into ten languages. It is financially supported by the European Commission.